Organize This: Multi-Functional Entryway

Temperatures are already starting to fall in our area and that has led to us digging out our bin of winter gear.  This time of the year always gets me thinking about how to make the most of our entryway and how I can maximize our given space to hold those bulky jackets, winter boots, snow pants, scarves, hats and mittens.  In doing some inspirational research, one of my favorite images seems to come up over and over again.  There is so much to admire about how the space works and how it can be adapted into multiple entryway situations.

Whether you are starting from scratch or modifying an existing setup, It is always important to list out how you want a space to function when you are done with it.  In order to really stretch your storage capacity out of an entryway closet, nook or mudroom, it is important to include a variety of versatile solutions.  In the image above, one small alcove performs a multitude of tasks and offers big function with a little footprint.

  • Cabinets above offer concealed storage for less frequently utilized seasonal pieces.  Place bins within the cabinets to hold jackets and footwear that is out of the current season, yet is easily accessible when it comes time to rotate out belongings.
  • Install a clothing rod paired with wooden hangers and / or multiple hooks to hang outerwear and handbags.
  • Place a tray or liner on a shelf to protect it from moisture and dirt tracked in on snow boots and rain boots.
  • Add casters to a shoe organizer to create an instant rolling bench that can easily tuck away when not in use.
  • Select containers that are moisture resistant when storing hats and mittens.  And receive bonus points for installing a drying rack that can be pulled out to hold wet outerwear overnight.
  • Lined baskets are ideal for concealing small accessories and pet gear.


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