entryway can be a cluttered, hectic space at the best of times. We’re often
dashing through it in a rush to get somewhere: pulling on outerwear while searching
for keys, an umbrella or a matching pair of gloves. It’s not a space we tend to
linger in, but it is the first thing we see when we come home again.
just makes things worse. And this extraordinary winter has surely been a
particular challenge! Coming in from the cold, where to stow all those boots,
coats, hats, scarves, mittens and other winter accessories?
In an ideal world, maybe things get hung up, or maybe they are tossed in a closet. Or – let’s be honest – maybe they pile up on a chair or the floor until it’s time to go back out again. But sorting them out and searching for a missing glove can be a real hassle when you’re late for the bus.
sounds familiar, there are a few easy ways to make your home’s entryway tidier
and more efficient. This is good practice any time of the year, and especially
helpful in winter.
have an entryway coat closet, but a coat stand or wall hooks may work better for
the things you wear every day. Keep the bulk of your coat collection in the
closet, but hang everyday items within easy reach. One hook per person is a
good rule of thumb. Just don’t let too many items accumulate or they will become
buried and hard to retrieve. Once a week, clear off the hooks and return anything
that is not being worn regularly to a closet.
winter accessories, a storage bin like the GitaDini OTTO can be a useful
entryway organizer. An OTTO or two placed just inside the door not only
provides handy storage for extra winter items, it’s also a sturdy place to sit when
putting on or pulling off those winter boots.
kids? Assign them each a different color OTTO to contain all their winter things.
They’ll know where to stow their hats and gloves when they come inside, and
they’ll know where to find them when getting bundled up again. If space is tight
in the entry area, OTTOs can be stacked on top of one another when not being
door mat placed inside the entryway is a good place for wet footwear to be
contained and left to dry. If you, like me, prefer to remove all shoes when
entering your home, make sure there’s a handy supply of comfy slippers for
family members and guests. A GitaDini OTTO in the entryway makes a perfect
slipper storage bin any time of the year.
Come spring, my winter gear, boots and ice skates will go back into deep closet storage. But for now while the ice rink is open and the snow is falling, they are kept neatly by the door where I’ll find them more easily and use them more often. An entryway storage system of designated hooks and bins will make your winter chaos more manageable, too.
Pamela Small works from a home office as a copywriter, editor and
translator of business communication. Having an organized, well-designed home
and workspace keeps her both happy and productive.
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