The entryway is probably the spot in our house that gets messiest the quickest. It makes sense, it's a high-traffic area and an easy dumping ground for bags, shoes, recent purchases, and more. But the entryway is one of the first impressions you get when you enter your home and I think it's important to set the right tone to welcome you into your space. Here are a few strategies I've put in place in our home to help keep our entryway clutter-free and make it a functional and beautiful space.
1. Choose multi-functional furniture
I think it's really helpful to have some kind of furniture in this space, but I know everyone's home is different and some have more space to work with than others. Whatever furniture you choose for this space should be as multi-functional as possible. It can be a small table with drawers, a bench with storage underneath, a hall tree with hooks and shelves, or even just a corner chair used to sit on and set things on.
We have a long bench in our entryway that works as a great place to set things, sit and put shoes on, and has space underneath for additional storage. Try to get the most out of this small space and make your furniture work for you.
2. Incorporate large baskets into your decor.
Whatever furniture you choose, there's usually a way to pair a large basket or two along with it. Baskets are always a great source of stylish storage, but I really like them for an entryway because they are a perfect way to hide large, awkward items while keeping everything easily accessible. I use these INDRESSME baskets from Amazon. They're large enough to hold everything we need and blend seamlessly into my decor. I keep the diaper bag, backpack, and my purse in one and everyone's shoes in the other.
3. Let's talk shoes
It's convenient to have shoes right by your front door, but don't let all your shoes accumulate there. Only keep the shoes you wear most often by your door and put any others away right when you take them off. Usually about two pairs per person are kept by our door depending on the season and everything else goes in our closets. This also makes it easy to keep track of those toddler shoes that so often get lost around the house.
4. Don't leave things that don't belong
One of the first things I do when I get home is drop my purse and any shopping bags , take my coat and shoes off, and continue into the house. Don't do that. Coming into the house can be a little hectic with little kids at our house, but I try my best to remember not to leave things in my entryway that don't belong there. We put our groceries away right when we get home, do that with any other purchases too.
5. Reset your entryway at the end of the week.
You'll probably still have some amount of clutter pile up throughout the week. Life gets busy and some weeks will be messier than others. That's ok. Take a couple minutes at the end of each week to reset this space. Put away any extra shoes, coats, and everything else that doesn't belong so you can start fresh for the next week.
The entryway is one of the first impressions people get when walking into our homes and the place that welcomes us back when we've been away. With a couple extra minutes each day and the right strategies in place, you can easily create a warm, inviting, and clutter-free entrance to your home.
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