Entryway and Mudroom Organization Tips
The mudroom, entryway, vestibule, drop-spot – whatever you want to call it – is a popular place for clutter to collect. It’s the first area you see upon entering the house and the last place you stop before leaving. No matter how large or small your space is, or whether it’s located in the front of the house, the garage, beside the kitchen, or near the backdoor – you can prepare your space for an organizational makeover by following these simple steps.
Remove unnecessary itemsReduce visual clutter and gain more space by removing items you rarely use, that are off-season, or that are creating clutter. This includes the piece of mail sitting on the console that’s never made it to the recycling bin, and the pair of shoes that are worn only on occasion. Sort them in four boxes: belongs elsewhere, give away or sell, not ready to get rid of, and trash.
OrganizeThere isn’t a right or wrong system to abide by since entryway organization is a reflection of the family who lives in the home. People have different habits. For example, some people drop their mail by the door while others open it at the kitchen counter. Either way, coat hooks, cubbies, and baskets are the key. Use these to organize your mail or keys and to keep coats and bags off the floor. If something has a specific storage place, it’s less likely to end up missing or strewn across the floor.
Prevent shoe pile-upsDoes your family’s everyday shoes always seem to end up cluttering the entryway? Prevent pile-ups with smart designed shoe storage in your home's highest traffic area. An organizing system with shelves and drawers provide handy access and temporary storage until the shoes make it back to their home in the closet. Include a bench in your entryway providing a convenient place to sit and shed shoes.
DecorateNow for the fun part! Find a unique umbrella stand at a thrift shop, hang a large decorative mirror, prop a cute pillow on your boot bench, or display a print from your favorite photographer or a child’s masterpiece. Looking for a splash of color? Add a fresh coat of paint to deprived walls.