Think of meeting someone with a bright white smile or a super enthusiastic handshake. You remember these people, right? They stick in your memory and give you those warm fuzzy feelings. Maybe if you're lucky you even remember their name.
Well, your house has the same opportunity to create a lasting impression on your guests. If the entry in your home is anything like mine was before this little makeover, then it's like entryway amnesia. Nobody is going to remember their time here. It's like it never happened.
But, everything changed when I added elements to my entry that allowed it to live its best life.
1 - A dropping station.
Imagine those times when your hands are full of grocery bags, your keys, the mail & possibly a screaming toddler. In those moments it's nice to have a designated spot to drop at least the keys and mail as you make your way to the kitchen.
For my entry, I use a little wooden nightstand. Its two drawers hold phone cords or junk mail, among other things. It's small but mighty in keeping me organized.
2 - Hooks
Never underestimate the power of a good & sturdy hook. Really, their function goes way beyond the obvious of holding coats, hats, and purses. They get all the credit for getting everything off the floor. I'm telling you, their job is important!
At times I even hang a planter from mine to bring in a natural element. Christmas is around the corner and hooks are an excellent place to hang a wreath too. The possibilities are endless.
3 - Baskets or bins
Baskets are the hardworking organizing cousin to the hook. If your a no shoes kind of house they are the perfect place to toss shoes inside. I store dog leashes here and let's be honest anything else that's not so pretty & needs a quick hiding place.
4 - A bench
You may have asked your guests to remove their shoes when they entered, so the least you can do is give them a place to sit while they put their shoes back on. My bench is really an ottoman, but no one needs to know. It gets the job done & doesn't take up much space either.
5 - A Mirror
Entryways can be cramped and sometimes dark. Position a mirror to reflect what's pretty about your space. It might reflect the natural light coming from your front door or a nearby window, just allow the mirror to do what it does best, and that's bounce light around your space. You'll be glad you did.
I would love to say every room in my home functions as it should with no clutter or incomplete projects, but really that would be a huge lie. Huge!
I've come to accept that around here there is no such thing as complete, done or finished rooms. Honestly, we don't even speak those words because who are we kidding that's never going to happen.
However, I won't be greedy. I will thankfully take one room in its semi-done state.
These simple additions to my entry have paid off in a big way in keeping things clean and organized. I hope you too can implement something that allows your space to function as it should & it becomes a space to remember!