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Since a picture of our entryway was the image I used to kick off my January Cure, I had big plans for the makeover. Plans including thrift store scouting, painting, and DIYing. The Container Store was involved. But Mother Nature had other plans. Turns out that thrifting in a polar vortex is not a hoot. So I moved to Plan B (ok, it was more like Plan D) and the result is a resounding... not too bad.

The process turned out to be me implementing a bunch of small changes while saying "why didn't I think of this years ago?" My main goals were to handle keys, mail, shoes/winter items (especially the kids' stuff) and to create a functional home for each. I'm still scouting around for another table and I have a large vintage mirror I'm re-doing to hang in the entry, but everything is so much tidier now, and I like that there is a specific place for everything to go, which hopefully will help keep things tidy for a long time.

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KEYS: You'd have thought that after the millionth time upending the house to find my keys because my daughter had once again absconded with them, I would have had my a-ha moment. But nope. Not until doing the Cure did a little thought bubble with a key ring appear to me. I stumbled on these hooks from Anthropologie quite by accident while trying to use a gift card. These are $8/ea., which is a lot more than the thrift store version I was going to find and feel triumphant about, but if you'll take a gander at the picture on the right side, you'll see my daughter is trying her darndest to grab the keys off the hook. After a few tries she said, "Mama, I can't get them off!" Ha ha! Success! The keys are safe. Maybe now she'll become more interested in the many sets of pretend keys we've made for her?

MAIL: The white mail tray is a mail/file sorter from West Elm that we've had for a while, but were using for other things. I want to keep the mail tray small and simple to keep the process moving and avoid huge piles of un-dealt with mail.

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SHOES: Thank you all for your shoe storage recommendations! Mid-vortex I made an impulse buy on Amazon and bought two Closet Maid cubbies for everyday shoe storage. With two young children, I wanted to make it easy for them to put their shoes away right when they get inside. I also plan on picking up some over-the-door cubbies or Container Store shoe boxes for closet storage of dressier shoes that aren't worn as often. I picked up the wicker basket to store winter accessories and help cut down on our time trying to get out of the house in the mornings as we dig around for mittens — mine included!


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