Organization At The Entryway: Create A Good First Impression
As long as you are organized and inspired, you can create an entryway in your home that makes coming and going enjoyable. Everyone has a different name for their entryway. Some call them drop zones. They are also known as utility rooms, mudrooms, entryways, and even a place to leave your stuff. Whatever your family calls this space, it is invaluable. It is the place where your family leaves their shoes, where you drop your keys, and where you’ll find everything that you need for the next day because that is where you left it.
Unfortunately, these spaces can be hard to come by. This is especially true if you live in a studio or an apartment. If you aren’t organized, your shoes will end up in a pile on the floor, creating a falling hazard. You will have a pile of backpacks piled on the floor, unopened mail on a table, dog leashes tangled up, and knickknacks in the entryway, it can clutter the area to the point where you don’t want anyone to see this area of the house. Since it is the entryway, you have no choice but for people to see.
If you have an organized, dedicated, stylish drop zone for everything that you need, your guests will feel welcome and you will feel less embarrassed, regardless of the size and design of your living space. There are a few tips that you should follow to create a functional entryway in your home, regardless of the size.
Make Some Room
Since it is not possible to remodel or create an addition to a rented apartment, you need to find a way to work with what you have.
Start by adding a narrow console table in a tight hallway. This will give you a place to put your keys and your outgoing mail. If your space is really tight and all that you have is a wall behind the door, you can hang hooks for bags and coats so that they stay off the floor.
If you have a very small space, there is a trick that you can try. Start by removing the door from your coat closet and add a stool or a small bench. This will give you a place to sit while you take off your shoes and you will still have a place to hang your coats.
If you live in a secure apartment building, you can leave a basket or a try outside the door in a shared hallway to keep your shoes.
A mirror is a great option for a tight space. Not only will it brighten up the tight space by reflecting light, it will also give the illusion that you have more space than you actually do.
Another good idea is to check out the furniture at IKEA. They sell modern pieces that can be modified to hang on the wall or fit in narrow spaces. Start by measuring your entryway and then go shopping for furniture to make the most of what little space you have.
When you have a dedicated space for all of your accessories, it will make your drop zone a more functional center. If you have a bowl or a hook for your keys, a folder to sort new and outgoing mail, and a basket to keep your shoes, it will make a difference in the flow of your day.
Leave a Message
If you want to make your drop zone even more practical and functional, you should create a message center. This is a place where you can hang a cork board or a chalkboard where you can leave messages for your family members. This is a great way to keep everyone in the loop when they go in and out of the home.
Another good idea is to add a docking station to charge all of your electronics. You can find compact, small accessories that will fit in the small space that you have.
When you customize your drop zone with features that you need in your everyday life, it will keep things organized and streamline. When you come and go, everything will be right there when you need it.
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