Not a lot of people come home to a mudroom or a huge entry way that can meet all of the needs of a growing family. I’m sure I’m not the only one fumbling away in a small foyer with piles of things. Which is why I thought I’d spend some time today chatting about how to maximize storage solutions for a small entryway. I’ve done my best to source items (Affiliate links included…see our disclosure policy here. ) and if I couldn’t find the exact item, I went with something similar.
Our last house had a lovely long hallway with a closet, powder room and access to the garage and basement. There was room for a storage unit although we eventually replaced that unit with a bench and baskets to make things a little more open.
Our new house has a small entry way which currently works for us as the boys are young, and not in school or sports. Yet. Wait til next fall. That’s when the real clutter begins. The backpack chaos alone has me wondering where we’ll put everything when the time comes. Here are a few ideas for working with a small foyer when you have kids. Or just lots of stuff.
USE THE WALL
Our current foyer, literally has almost no wall space except for that spot where the deer key holder hangs. Did you notice that he had a makeover after we moved? #spraypaintlove
That deer probably needs to be moved since the boys keep knocking it off the wall when they open the closet door but I like it so it’s stayed.
If you’ve got some wall space though, make use of the entire wall for maximum impact and function like this one from BHG.
Creativity Exchange solved their entryway storage problems with a fantastic DIY project.
Just adding some wall bins can make a huge change to the amount of clutter piled everywhere, particularly kid clutter. You can make your own with these great DIY instructions from Remodelaholic or buy them here.
A hall tree can by a great DIY project and I’ve seen a few made out of old doors. This one from Liz Marie Blog is stunning. If that seems like a lot of work, because it is, you can buy them already made and ready for shipping right here.
Just a little space? Add some stylish wall hooks and you’re good to go.
HOOKS AND SHELVES IN THE CLOSET
If you have a closet, however small, you can tweak it to add more storage and make it kid friendly. We have added hooks to the back of all of our closet doors and baskets for hats and mitts. The boys hooks are hung lower so they can actually hang up their own coats. We also added a hanging shelf inside the closet along for all the other stuff we collect. Think scarves, library books, shopping bags, and other things that need to leave the house when we do. I love this idea from the Container Store!
If you’ve got the space, a small dresser or storage bench can hold a lot of clutter. I find closed storage works best if you’re not on top of putting everything away the moment you walk in the door. #thatwouldbeme. We’re far to cluttery for open storage. Lord knows, we’ve tried.
I Heart Organizing has the most gorgeous entry way. No closet and clutter free. The shoe cabinet keeps the shoes off the floor, keeping it clutter free.
She added a credenza around the corner to hold her boys school and homework supplies. #sosmart
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