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Entryway Organization – Don’t Overlook it

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Make the most of your entryway organization by limiting the clutter and using the space that you have. 

Our Entryway is tiny, and when I say, tiny… I mean Tiny with a CAPITAL T.  You walk in our front door, and you are in the living room/dining room.  There is no coat closet.  We don’t have an Entryway table.  There aren’t cute cubbies with our names or initials on them.  You walk in the door and there you are.  Smack dab in the house.  No entryway at all.

In Real Life - Our Entryway
In Real Life – Our Entryway

Now, I’m not complaining.  I love my house.  I truly LOVE my house.  But over the past 5 years, Russell and I have had to get creative with our entryway organization and where we store coats, dog leashes, purses, wallets, shoes, and all the other items that tend to call home in the entryway of a typical home.

So, I wanted to share with you a few entryway organization hacks that you can use if you have a tiny entryway like we do.

Entryway Organization Solution #1

Coat Rack that Russell built
Coat Rack that Russell built

Russell built this coat rack a number of years ago when we lived in our old home, because we had a similar problem where we came in through the garage.  It worked wonders then and still works wonders today.  The 6 hooks are just enough for Major’s leashes, my purse and a couple of coats and jackets when the weather turns chilly.  If your family is a bit larger than ours, you might need a rack that has more hooks, but it might be the solution you are looking for in your entryway.

Entryway Organization Solution #2

Table Basket for Pocket Items
Table Basket for Pocket Items

For the longest time, Russell had a horrible habit of tossing his wallet, keys, loose change, and pocketknife on the dining room table.  The clutter of all his items drove me nuts and it started to scratch the table.  I always felt like I was picking up his stuff and putting his items somewhere else, so they weren’t cluttering or damaging the table.  The solution I found that has worked well, was a cute basket from the kitchen that wasn’t being used, but matched the house décor and fit all his items.  It has a home on the end table that is closest to the front door.  Now he can walk in the door, empty his pockets into the basket and know where to find his items the next time he goes somewhere, yet not scratch the table.  No more clutter on the dining room table. Problem solved.

Entryway Organization Solution #3

Shoe Rug behind the front door
Shoe Rug behind the front door

I don’t insist that folks take off their shoes in my house, but of course Russell and I both tend to take our shoes off when we get home from somewhere.  Having a place to kick them off, especially in the winter when they are wet and dirty isn’t a nice-ity, it’s a necessity in Wyoming.  My solution… Behind the table where the basket is for Russell’s pocket items, is a rug where the shoes can sit, dry and not be tripped over.  As an added bonus, when the rug gets dirty, I can toss it in the laundry.  Easy clean up.

Entry Way Solutions

If you have a small space, storage solutions do not have to be complicated.  They do have to work for you and your family, regardless of the make-up.  There is not one-size-fits-all. 

My challenge to you this week… have a look at your entryway.  How can you do a Room Reset in the space?  What can you do to declutter and organize the entryway to make it work more efficiently for you and your family?  Find a solution?  Be sure to share it with me!  I’d love to hear!

Here’s to resetting your home, your entry way, and your life!


“A place for everything and everything in its place.” – Benjamin Franklin

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