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6 Things To Include in a ‘No Fuss’ Entry

Not every entryway is created equal—leaving us homeowners and renters left to decide how to make this small space functional. When we moved into our apartment, there was barely an entryway to speak of. The front door literally opens to the living room. But I love a challenge and made the most of our ‘faux foyer’ using these 5 tips.

Hook it up Never underestimate the power of a good hook. This is where I would suggest spending a little more money and/or time finding a set of hooks as they can act as decor when there’s nothing hung on them. If you have children, place a few at their level so they can get in the habit of putting away coats and backpacks. With kids, it’s never too early to start teaching them organizing basics.

Incorporate a Flat Surface In our home, we have a small table that is positioned right next to the doorway. When you’re coming home, the last thing you want to do is put your keys in one place and sunglasses in another. This surface acts as a magnet to house similar items so that you’re not looking for them later. Instead of a table, you might consider a floating shelf (or two). Again, positioning one for the little ones so that they can unload their artwork and school stuff in one place—just like the adults.

Use Containers to Corral  I tend to repurpose containers in my home to use in the entryway. Not only does this mean I don’t have to go buy new stuff, it tends to blend in with my decor so as not to look forced or too much like an office-supply store. Think trays, small decorative plates and bowls to corral everything from keys, sunglasses and spare change.

Spot for Shoes This need not be anything more than a designated spot to house shoes. Try placing them underneath the shelf or table so the path stays clear. Set a limit to how many shoes can live in this zone and stick to it. You can always get fancy and place a boot tray or shoe rack to formally designate the shot spot but it’s not necessary.

Accessorize I love a mirror in the entryway so that I can check my outfit without having to run back to the bathroom before jetting out of the house. And a framed piece of art goes a long way in making this area of the home feel welcoming among all that is stored. A decorative bin for recycling and emptying purses and wallets will come in hand to stop paper clutter from infiltrating beyond the entry.

Maintenance Perhaps the biggest thing of all to include is a scheduled maintenance plan for keeping the entry in tip-top shape. Whether it’s at the end of the day or before the week begins, make sure to put things away where they belong.

Beth Zeigler knew she was on an organizing path when at the age of 5 she was maximizing her closet space to function as a second bedroom for her dolls. Throw in her background of delegating tasks to her younger brother throughout childhood–and her transition to organizing developed quite organically. Check out her web site at Bneato!

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