Top 3 Entryway Tips:

  1. Clear out lingering winter boots and mittens, unread stacks of mail and anything else that doesn’t belong.
  2. Add enough hooks, shelves, and baskets to hold your belongings when you come int he door.
  3. If you have a drawer near your entrance, place a drawer organizer inside to keep small items neat, and be sure to have a recycling bin within reach for tossing junk mail.

Curating a functional entryway is easy once you have taken stock of the space’s existing features and the specifics of what your family needs this space to do for your. The entryway, mudroom, or foyer of your home is important to our everyday life – housing keys, bags, coats, and mail. Making sure to have control of the clutter in these areas is more important than ever for this area!

Custom entryway console

Your console in the entryway doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive to look nice. You can put together two unfinished wooden cabinets painted to look cohesive, or mount cabinets to the wall! Self-adhesive metal hooks inside the doors keep coats and jackets from being thrown on the floor. Designate a bin or tray for keys, mail, or other things that need to get tossed right inside the door.

Small Space Solution

If you want to brighten your entry and make it feel bigger, mirrors just might be the answer to your problem. Prime and paint a floating shelf the same color as your walls to make the mirror seem built-in. Install this three feet off of the floor (which is standard for a console). Add a grid of mirrors above and leave about an inch around each to mimic windowpanes. Attach the mirrors to the wall with construction adhesive that is made for mirrors for a flush look.

Install Lockers

The last time you had a locker, it might have held your algebra book and pictures of your tv crush. These days, you can still use lockers to help manage your kids’ mountains of stuff! They aren’t as tricky to stylize to look more inline with your space as you might think. They are functional and practical and will add interest to any mudroom!

Pebble-Filled Tray

Make a boot tray by the door no longer the first eye-sore of your home. Fill it with stones from your garden center. Ice and snow will melt and drain through the rocks to the bottom of the tray. This way your boots won’t stand in a puddle. Most of the moisture will evaporate, but don’t forget to occasionally clean it out!

Family Mudroom Organizer

If sports equipment, bags, and shoes are constantly underfoot in your home, give everybody a separate space for their gear. Assign a metal storage bin or locker for each member of the household. Use magnets for the name or a photo to mark who each one belongs to. Slide bins underneath a bench in front of the hall, or line them up in your mudroom.

Recycling Center

Recycling saves the planet, but it ruins the corner of your room until it is time for pickup! An easy-to-make sorting station near the door will help you get in order and can keep odors at bay.

Bucket Umbrella Stand

Transform an inexpensive flower bucket into a nice-looking umbrella stand by painting the bottom of the bucket with a glossy oil-based enamel paint. Mark the bottom third of a tall galvanized bucket from your local garden center with painters’ tape. Then, prime and paint this area and the bottom of the bucket. Make sure you let it dry for at least 24 hours!

Magnetic Hall Organizer

Metal mailboxes offer a stylish way to organize a front hall or a mudroom. The hooks provide a perfect perch for raincoats, scarves, and umbrellas. Hats, gloves, and mittens fit nicely inside the box. These boxes get a crisp look when you spray paint them white. They are also magnetic, so you can easily stick images and notes on them!