Over the years I've come to realize that one of the keys to a well-functioning, uncluttered home is having an entryway that works well. It's a spot to gather up all the things that you'll need when you go out into the world, and also a sort of buffer zone to keep unwanted clutter from entering your home. Maxwell has really explored this with his idea of the landing strip, which is worth checking out. But vital as it is, a functioning entryway can be hard to achieve when you're dealing with a really small apartment. That's where these smart products come in.
As a small space dweller myself, I'm always on the lookout for things that make life in limited square footage a little bit easier. These nine items fit the bill—clever solutions that will get the job done, without taking up a lot of space (plus, they look good to boot).
Yamazaki Home Rin Magnetic Key Rack at Amazon, Starting at $28.49
Leni Leaning Mirror at Urban Outfitters, $139
TRONES Shoe Storage Cabinet at IKEA, $39.99 for a set of 3
These wall-mounted shoe storage cabinets are great for tight spaces, because they have a very slim profile (only 7.25" thick), with a shelf on top to catch smaller items. And you can group together as many boxes as you have shoes. (For other ideas for using TRONES in your house, check out this post.)
Hub Bench in White/Natural at Dormify, $200
ALGOT Wall Storage System at IKEA, $15
This wall-mounted storage system has a hook for coats and bags, and baskets for smaller items. (There's also an option that includes a mirror and a tray, with hooks underneath.)
Noreen Valet Storage Mirror at Urban Outfitters, $169
MACKAPÄR Coat Rack and Storage Unit at IKEA, $49.99
If you have a lot of things that you want to store in the entryway but no closet, this coat rack has you covered. There's plenty of storage for coats, shoes and bags, and you could even stack storage boxes on top.
MACKAPÄR Hat and Coat Rack at IKEA, $24.99
Looking for extra hanging space without reaching too deep into your pockets? This wall-mounted rack (with or without the coordinating shoe rack) might be just the thing.
Harrison Customizable Storage Shelf at Urban Outfitters, $59
I appreciate the versatility of this wall-hung storage combination, which has hooks for jackets or bags, a shelf that could be used for mail, and a cup for sunglasses or other sundries.