The entrance to your home is likely the first place guests see when they walk in the door. However, it may also be the first place your family comes in every day from all their activities. It's only natural to want to "unload" all your items from those activities as soon as possible, but when we do that it tends to lead to all sorts of clutter. Here is a way to get a handle on the mess--and take care of it once and for all!
First, you need to decide what the primary goal of your entryway will be. Is it going to be just a decorative spot with photos and other things on display? Or is functionality the primary goal? Both require different design or storage items. Once this decision has been made, then you need to get the items that will function best in that space.
Since design or decor can have all sorts of different ways to go, and we are talking about clutter, let's talk about functionality in the space. Let's say your entryway is a main thoroughfare for the family. Here are a few ideas to keep that clutter at bay:
Create a Command Center - Create a central location where items are neat, orderly and within reach. Use a bulletin board, dry erase calendar or something that can house schedules and important notices. Hooks can hold keys, chargers and more.
Keep it Covered - Covered bins can serve as "hidden storage" to shoes, hats, gloves and scarves and can be also used a seats to remove those shoes, hats and scarves.
Create Cabinet Space - Store items in cabinets so they are organized and out of sight. If you don't have room for cabinet, organize the coat closet to keep things neat.
Create Another Drop Zone - If your entryway is much too small for all the organization items even, then use a room close to the entry to be the space to convert for all the "stuff". Install shelves, a bench, hooks for things--whatever you think will help organize the things you need when you head out the door. It can be in a nearby laundry or mudroom area.
Go Vertical - One way to keep things neater is to get things off the floor and embrace vertical storage. Shoe racks, hooks for purses and cabinet for coats my do the trick.
Even if the entrance your guests always use is nice, tidy and decorative, having the space that your family uses all the time deserves to feel clutter free and functional when you come in the door. It will create a relaxed atmosphere and keep everybody's "stuff" handy for the next time you fly out the door!