Creating a Functional Entryway

If your kids are like most, they simply dump all their belongings immediately inside the door when they get home. The piles of shoes, coats, sports equipment and backpacks can quickly become unwieldy. Forget the messes that accumulate in a boy’s room or girl’s room… This mess is right when you walk in the door. But don’t worry. Here are a few tips to help alleviate some of the clutter.

Hooks, hooks and hooks.

Did we mention wall hooks? This is a great option for coats and backpacks because kids of all ages are physically capable of hanging a jacket from a hook. It’s much easier than a hanger, and if hung at their height there should be no excuse for them not to use the hook. Though, we’re not promising they won’t come up with a few.

Include a bench.

Include a small bench, so there’s a place to sit to pull boots and shoes on and off. It’s also a great place to place a stack of books for school, or tomorrow’s show and tell that you don’t want to forget.

A place to wipe your feet.

Make sure you have a rug to wipe wet or dirty feet on the way into the house. Unless, of course, you really want footprints in the living room, playroom, nursery, etc...

Open storage for strays.

There are bound to be random items that collect near the door. Shoes, umbrellas, baseball mitts, scarves. Consider some open bin-type storage to get this stuff up off the floor. And, a few baskets to collect mittens, hats and scarves.

Messes can be stopped before they even enter the house. Creating an entryway that is conducive to storage of all types is the best way to keep the rest of the house clean.

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