Unfortunately, we don't have a formal entryway. The front door opens up directly into our living room. I had to get creative to carve out a landing area for our mail, keys and shoes. I love that my entryway is both functional and beautiful. There is enough closed storage for our paper clutter and our family's shoes and accessories. However, the room still functions as our main living space without looking like a mudroom.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Entryway:
With two littles it was important for me to establish a family routine to keep our entryway/living room from becoming cluttered. First, as soon as we come in the house, everyone takes off their shoes and hangs up their coats. The shoe storage is easily accessible for the kids and I help them with their coats. Second, I immediately sort the mail when we come home in the evening. Mail that I need to tend to immediately goes into the wire baskets on the wall, mail that needs to be filed goes into the drawers of the entry table and junk mail gets recycled. Lastly, balance open and closed storage.