The entryway is often a neglected area of the home. Think piles of shoes, piles of coats, and piles of paper everywhere. Most entryways = lots of piles of crap.
Yet, it really is one of the most important spaces in a house, as the first area that guests see when you welcome them inside. Do you want to welcome neighbors into your home, and have them step over heaps of shoes and jackets? I don’t think so. An organized and stylish entryway can make a great first impression, and we want to help you achieve just that with some simple tips.
Let’s get your entryway organized, stylish, and efficient with 5 tips.
Tip #1: A spot for your keys
We are really big on the “key bowl” method. It’s exactly what it sounds like…a bowl that holds all of our keys. House key, mail key, car key, bike keys…it can all be found in there. The moment you walk in the door, you put your keys in the bowl. Then when you go to leave, you know exactly where to find them. No more digging into pockets and running around like a crazy person. Get into the habit of keeping your keys in one location. You can even make it stylish, and pick out a cute bowl that fits your personality. Hooks also work for some people. Just find a way to corral all of your keys and keep them in one spot.
Tip #2: Shoe & Coat Storage
Often times people get disorganized because they don’t have a designated spot for their belongings. If you want to get organized, you need to come up with a system for your stuff. Shoe storage is key. Whether you use a closet, an ottoman, or an old vintage crate…come up with some sort of space for your shoes. If you don’t have a coat closet, hooks can be a great alternative to keep your jackets and coats looking tidy. (Bonus Tip: Put your heavy winter coats away for the winter. Why keep them out if you won’t need them for months?)
Tip #3: Add a mirror
This tip may go more into the styling and decorating category, but we still feel it is an important one. A mirror is a must for any entryway. Check yourself out before heading out the door, and also add some light to an otherwise dark foyer.
Tip #4: Corral the Clutter
We’re big into baskets, and you’ll find them all over both our homes. Not only are they cute, but they’re incredibly functional. Add a basket to your entryway that you can fill with unopened mail, or scarves, or anything else that you might have in your hands when you come inside. Instead of spilling it all over the floor or console table, put it right into the basket to deal with later.
Tip #5: Show off your Personality!
There are many ways to add personality and style to your entryway or foyer. Display your favorite books, show off some art, or add a family photo to your console table. All of these are great ways to show off who you are and what your home is all about!
So there you have it, 5 tips to help you makeover the first room in your house.
Photo credit: Krystian Olszanski