In every apartment I've ever lived in, the kitchen was always right inside the front door, which means it was also always an entryway catchall for incoming mail and keys. Precious counter space is easily overtaken when you don't have a good way to deal with that kind of never-ending clutter. Your best defense is to put walls and vertical surfaces to work: enter the mounted mail organizer.
Target must have gotten the Spring Cleaning memo — they have tons of cute wall organizer options right now: from memo boards with mail ledges to mesh baskets with hooks.
Pretty much any basket can be turned into storage when it's hung on a wall. We love these from Anthropologie, but even the Dollar Store always has cheap, wire baskets you can mount for less. See how Karen makes a couple shine as mail organizers with chalkboard labels and paint.
Use your fridge as extra wall space and let a magnetic file folder catch your mail. Laura from A Beautiful Mess glued magnets to a pocket file, but you can also check the locker supply section during the back-to-school shopping season for pre-made options.
If anyone can promise organizational dreams, it's IKEA. This budget friendly, magnetic memo board can hold your mail and your keys!
Mail stations can pull triple duty as mail organizers, recipe boxes, and even herb planters. This DIY galvanized metal and wood option from the Wood Grain Cottage would fit perfectly in your farmhouse kitchen. If you don't feel like making one, there are tons of similarly rustic options to buy, like this large one from Amazon.
Even the tiniest sliver of wall can get an organizer if you DIY. Use acrylic sheets & craft board from the hardware store to make a dry-erase organizer in whatever size you need!
It's always nice to have a mirror for last-minute checks by the door. I love how sleek this Urban Outfitter's storage mirror is and, although it's used here as a medicine cabinet, it can discreetly hold your mail when hung in an entryway.
If you're more handy with a sewing machine than a saw, checkout The Merrythought's leather & canvas wall pockets. This lightweight, fabric option would be great on the back of your front door.
How sweet is this? Ashley printed photos of her kids on metal and attached to her wooden organizer. I love the idea of using photos to note personal spots for each family member.
Between store-bought and DIY options, your counters are ready for an easy clean sweep!