In our front entryway, we actually have a wonderful big closet to store everything from shoes to bags to every coat we own. Unfortunately, because we usually have our arms full when we come home, everything just gets dumped. Please don't judge me, but this is what our closet usually looks like:
I've circled the problem areas... which are all of them except for the baskets which actually work quite well for keeping mittens and hats together.
One of the main problems I was having was with our shoes. I end up wearing the same shoes over and over again because I can't find any other pairs. I know they're in the somewhere, its just too messy to take the time to find any.
I found these little storage ottomans at Canadian Tire the other day and they were on sale for $14.99. I couldn't resist and I bought 4 of them. I mean, they're leather storage ottomans! You can't make them for that price. Two of them are in my living room for my daughter to store her toys in, and the other two I put in our front entryway so that we would have a place to sit and put our shoes on. I was trying to figure what to store in them (am I the only one who gets excited about these things?) and then it dawned on me that I can store my shoes in them. I cut some cardboard to size to make separators and then organized my shoes.
I thankfully had the foresight to get two. I have realized that I have a lot of pairs of shoes. Don't tell my husband. Getting the shoes out of the bottom of the closet will hopefully keep that area a little cleaner and our lives a little less chaotic when we're getting ready to go somewhere.
As our family grows and changes, I'm sure I'll be changing it again but for right now, it's perfect.
What are your great organizing tips? Do you find your entryway is the messiest area in the house, or is that just me?