Organizing your entryway

IMG_3558beforeIMG_3622afterAfter an emotionally satisfying reorganization of my closet, I moved on to tackle the entry of my home. Some of you are probably lucky enough to have an entry hall, or some sort of entryway to your home. However, I have a door that opens into the living room. No entryway. So, I’ve had to make one.

When I moved in, I built a small shelf and attached knobs to it to make something to hang my coats on. I set it behind the door. It’s worked out great, but I started to use that space for everything. Soon hats and shoes and bags and everything started piling up behind the door.  A good place to put things, but it was starting to look cluttered.

My first order of business was to get a floor rack for placing shoes, hats and such. I happened to have some scrap wood to work with so I built mine. I built a shelf into mine and bought a few fabric boxes at Target to put my gloves and scarves in. Now I actually have a bit of an entryway, and somewhere to place my things.

There are a number of great things you can do to organize your entryway, whether you can build it yourself or not!

 Hall Trees

My parents had one of these when I was growing up. Hall Trees are great because not only can you store your hats, gloves and scarves, but you can also hang your coats. Here is a great one on Lowes Creative Ideas that you can make for a little over $100. You can also find them at Target, furniture stores, and online. Actually, Target has a great collection of entryway furniture, from benches to shelves to coat racks.



Shelves and Organizers

You can use a variety of items for floor storage. Even a $10 shoe rack will make a difference. Have to do it on the cheap? Try this small shoe rack from Target ($45) laid on it’s side with decorative baskets ($13). Target has many options, as do other stores, such as Crate and Barrel.

IMG_3633IMG_3632Another organization piece I added to my entryway is a bills and keys organizer. I found this wood key organizer at a thrift store for $5. I spray painted it white, screwed in cup hooks at the bottom and screwed it to the wall. As you can see, mine opens – not all will. But, you can pretty easily find wood organizers like this at most thrift stores – I swear I see one nearly every time I go. This is a great way to have quick access to your keys, and also remind you to mail bills, etc.

Coat Racks

If you don’t have a closet near your door, some way to hang up your coats is a must! Again, Target has some good coat racks.

Another fun idea is to make your own coat rack. I love this idea on Design Sponge – using old trophies as coat hangers. So innovative! Don’t like trophies? Follow the instructions they provide, but use some fun hooks, like these from Anthropologie. You’ll have an easy, but genuinely handmade piece of art to hang your coat on!


What about you? How does your entryway look? How do you keep it organized? Have any great tips to share with the rest of us?

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