Most people don’t have separate mudrooms or foyers. Once you walk through the front door, there's either no buffer or little transition between the entry and the rest of the living space. Which means it’s extra important to set things up in a way that is both practical and pretty. Smart organizational ideas and household tips do just that, and keep your life humming along nicely. Here are seven good ones:
1. Find double duty items that pack in a lot of storage opportunities and maximize what space you have, i.e. a bench with a shelf down below for shoes, or a shelf with hooks secured underneath. If you can't find the perfect thing, try making something custom (like this entryway organizer).
2. Combine a good durable rug with a type of easy-care flooring that can withstand copious amounts of snow and - yes - mud. You don’t want to constantly be vacuuming up debris and worried about your carpet.
3. Keep a bowl or jar for money right inside the door. You can unload the change in your pocket when you walk in each night. You can also keep a stash of one dollar bills nearby to tip food delivery people (when you're also too tired to cook).
4. Make the entryway your first line of defense against clutter. Keep a trash can, shredder and/or recycling bin nearby (preferably hidden in a cabinet) to dispose of catalogs and junk mail before they can make it in the house.
5. Make things personal so family members know where their stuff belongs when they get home for the day. Use individual storage units or bins with luggage tags or labels to identify each owner.
6. Streamline the area by only keeping things that you will use that month. Rotate out seasonally-specific shovels, rain boots, coats, and sporting gear. You'll save space, along with time usually spent searching through piles of items for the one thing you actually need.
7. When in doubt, go with hooks. And then some more hooks. They have a really low profile, are available in tons of styles, and can hold myriad objects. With hooks, it takes only a hot second to hang up hats, scarves, bags, or a jackets.