There are two kinds of homes. The first one has an entryway, a small hallway, a nook near the front door or even a sharp turn that separates the front door from the rest of the home. And then there's the problem that the rest of us face. You walk in the door and literally fall smack dab into the living room. In this situation, landing strips tend to migrate into the whole room. Coats and mail and umbrellas and shoes contribute to the general feeling of messiness. How do you prevent this from happening?
In my house the solution's a table and a chair that act as a barrier between the front door and the rest of the living room.
The first solution is to be extraordinarily neat and organized, a pipe dream for the majority of us, despite our best intentions. The better solution? Create the illusion of a separate entryway using a rug or a table to define the boundaries of the space visually. In our home, a table and a chair acts as a boundary between the entry point and the rest of the living room. A friend uses a rug and a coat rack to define her entryway, another a big comfy chair and a small table, a third has narrow bookcases on either side of her front door to hold the detritus of the day. Whatever your solution, the basics that you need here are:
a place to throw a coat or a jacket
a place for your mail
a place for your keys
a place for your bag and other packages.
and, if it's the rule in your home, a place to put your shoes.
How have you solved this problem in your own home?