This is the minimum I would want in my entryway - a place to keep a pair of shoes
. My son and husband tend to wear the same pair of shoes every day so why not keep them easily accessible by the door. It's also a good reminder to take your shoes off when you enter to keep the house cleaner.
My son has only been back in pre-school for a week and already it feels like we just can't get out the door in the morning. Part of the problem is overestimating how much I can realistically get done before we leave the house, but the other half of the problem is simply logistics and organization. I waste too much time walking up and down our apartment collecting things: his shoes, his backpack, his lunch, my bag, my phone, my keys...you get the idea. Does this sound familiar?
We live in an apartment and our entryway is small, but could be much better utilized. We mostly use it as a place to throw the mail when we walk in the door and as a place to, hopefully, remember to put our keys.
In rethinking my own space, I dove into our archives and the web in search of inspiring transitional spaces for families. Some homes I found are big enough to have a dedicated mudroom while others carve out space near the front door or, in one case, on a stair landing to collect the things that most often go out the door with us.
Take a look at the photos above for inspiration and feel free to share your own ideas or a link to your family's transitional space in the comments.
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(Images: 1. Tara Bellucci for Alexandra & John's Clusters of Color 2. California Closets, used with permission 3. Jami Natos 4. Janie Lee 5. Helen Dardik via Design*Sponge 6. The Shabby Nest 7. Spira 8. BHG 9. Leah Moss for Pam & Bryan's Comfortably Creative Family Home 10. Jill Slater for Doryn's Glamorous Return to the City)