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Since Fall is literally knocking at our doors it is time for me to find a better way of organizing our entry area into the house.  See - summer isn't too bad.  Mostly all we bring in to the house are sandals and the mail.  But throw a couple of coats, umbrellas, gloves, boots ... well you get the picture.  We just end up with more stuff in the winter and if it is not properly contained at the entry - it ends up all over my dining room table. 

In my mind you need to have a couple things to have an organized entry 
1.  A place to store the little things (hats, mittens, etc.)
2.  A place for shoes
3.  A place to sit down and take off those shoes
4.  A place to hang coats and umbrellas
5.  A trash can for junk mail and a place to put every thing else
6.  A mirror (hey your entryway is also an exitway - you need to look good when your leaving the house)
7.  A place to leave messages or reminders

So here are some great spaces to get you inspired. 

Now my mind goes straight to built ins when thinking about organized entries.  This is a great one.  The built in bench has drawers!  Love it.
Hamptons Show house modern entry

Be still my heart - I love this bench! The paint, the moulding ... everything is perfect.
Entry traditional entry

Simple, efficient, and clean. Ah - don't you feel organized just looking at this.
apartment entryway  entry

Love this one - it has just about everything in my check list! The chalkboard is a perfect addition!
Pottery Barn eclectic entry

This one just goes to show that you can keep your style and still be organized. I adore the shabby chic look of this entryway. It isn't modern or contemporary at all but your still organized!
hav1a.jpg (image) mediterranean entry

Even if you don't have a whole lot of space, you can still create organizational areas. Think about grabbing a single cabinet that you could wall mount like this from Restore or Craig's List. Love it!
Moraga Residence modern entry

Squeel! Board and batten in this one. (I think we are all obsessed with that right now in blogland.) Simple and clean! All it needs is a some hooks and perhaps an oval mirror hung on a chain! (Can you see it?)
Crown Hill Remodel traditional entry

Love the lockers and the corkboard here! Totally from a magazine but full of great ideas!
mud room storage traditional entry

So what about you? What are your must haves for an entry? Do you have a place for all your coats and such in your house? Or do things end up just draped over chairs and tossed on tables? I wanna know I am not the only one living in that disarray!

Linking this to the Creative Organization Party with Melissa @ The Inspired Room. Hop over for more great organizing tips!

15 frugal friends said ...

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said... @ September 17, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Those are all great pictures and so inspiring! I have a thing with lockers - I love them! it is really hard for me to keep my entryway space neat and tidy. Thanks for the tips!!


Erin said... @ September 17, 2010 at 7:49 PM

These are great pics Jess. I too find them inspiring, now, to find space for that nice spacious entry, maybe my next house?lol

Nadine said... @ September 17, 2010 at 9:10 PM

I have put the 3rd pic in my 'house inspiration' file but I'm really not sure if it will 'fit' with the space. Hmmm..... we'll see. Lots of great ideas. At the moment (we're in a temporary rental) we're using the backdoor as our main entry so we have everything there (an overflowing shoe box etc.... not pretty but functional) which means our 'guest entrance' is always neat. We'll be doing something similar in our next house by utilising the garage (we have a door from the garage to the house) but I would still like a 'stylised' entry with coat/hat rack etc. for guests which will always look neat to give the illusion that I'm actually tidy and organised. Is that cheating? lol! :)

Making It Work Mom said... @ September 17, 2010 at 10:01 PM

This is a constant struggle in our house. With 3 kids who all are in school and all play sports the amount of stuf that is dumped at the front door is crazy. I am always struggling to find that perfect compromise of ease, looking good, and organization.
Thanks for the ideas!

white collar | green soul said... @ September 17, 2010 at 10:49 PM
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white collar | green soul said... @ September 17, 2010 at 10:50 PM

I absolutely love the third one. The bench is beautiful and the design is sleek with a bit of softness / tempered ruggedness. The one by J.Weiss is just too perfect, you what I mean? I feel like there isn't a lot of personality in it.

My entry way is a bit of a problem right now... because it's narrow (4'across). It's about 7 feet to the closet doors and three feet in the closet.

Here are my issues:
- no place for a bench
- closet is so big it can easily get very messy

I think the best way to fix it would be to take off my ugly 80's mirrored doors and replace them with nice glass french doors, and build in a whole system in the closet that includes the bench. Something like this from Restoration Harware maybe? Except painted white and with a bench in the middle portion? Now I just need some money, lumber and a bit of time.....

Rachel Cotterill said... @ September 18, 2010 at 6:30 AM

At the moment we have an industrial clothes rail for coats - but we're thinking of building a porch area onto our house to have more space for things like this. I absolutely adore the last one.

Bring Pretty Back said... @ September 19, 2010 at 7:04 PM

LOVING these entryway photo's! Thank you for sharing! I am trying to decide how to design our little new entry.
Have a pretty day!

Niki Jolene said... @ October 7, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Thanks so much for all the ideas and inspiration. My entry way needs some serious help, although it is small.

I am loving your blog..hope you'll come visit me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime.

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