Managing the Entryway
Two entryway makeovers for two different families
The entryway is probably the first and last part of your home you see when coming and going. Keeping it neat and organized will make it easier to head to work in the morning, and more relaxing when you get home in the evening. Plus, it will make a great impression on your guests. Here are two ways to makeover your entryway for two different sized families.
SCENERIO 1: THE COUPLE
FURNITURE WITH FUNCTION
If you have space for furniture, add pieces that are functional, and even multi-functional! Try a bench with storage space inside, a wardrobe with room on top for boxes or baskets or a coat rack with a built-in umbrella stand. Add the 3 Shelf Kit for easy storage. Have a chalkboard or notepad by the door to remind each other about the evening's plans or things to grab at the grocery store on the way home. And try hanging a mirror to make sure everything's in order before you leave the house.
USING ACTIVE STORAGE
Active Storage is where you keep the items you use most often. If you're always grabbing the wrong set of keys or pair of sunglasses in the morning, try having separate active storage compartments for each of you. Also use hooks for coats and bags you both use every day. They'll make your morning rush go a lot more smoothly. Use Clever Store Shoeboxes to sort incoming mail that needs to be opened immediately, or can wait.
'TIS THE SEASON
If your entryway is already short on space, it's probably a good idea to store seasonal items in other areas of your home. It's safe to say you won't be needing winter coats and scarves in July, or sunhats and sandals in January. Store off-season items in the basement or garage in clear Roughneck Clear containers, so you can easily find what you need when you need it.
If your entryway has a closet, be sure to leave enough room for guests' coats and shoes, as well. The expandable and customizable HomeFree series™ Closet System has rods for coats and sweaters, and you can add sliding wire baskets for hats and scarves, and shelving designed especially for shoes.
SCENERIO 2: THE SMALL FAMILY
A lot of the same rules apply for a family, with a few adjustments and additions.
ON THE DOWN LOW
Use the customizable HomeFree series™ Closet System to add storage to your entryway. You can adjust the shelves and rods so they're just the right height for the little ones. Add chairs or a bench so everyone has a comfortable place to sit while putting on their shoes.
THE SPACE YOU NEED
Use a HomeFree Shoe Cubbie for a quick and easy way to organize and find mail, keys, sunglasses and other things you may need to grab on the go. You can even assign and label compartments for each member of your family. Be sure to have extra space for shoes and coats when your kids have birthday parties and sleepovers.
OUT OF REACH
Keep stuff that you don't want your kids to get a hold of, like keys, wallets, and cell phones, well out of reach. Use high hooks and shelves for these items.
Add Sliding Baskets to your HomeFree Closet System for a great, convenient place to store backpacks and other things your children need to reach often. These open baskets are easy to use so children can toss their stuff into them quickly.