I hate to see you go but I love to watch you walk away . . . organized and on time.

Your House, probably

Entryways get all the attention but what they don’t like to tell you (their dirty little secret) is that they are also ‘exit-ways’. In our homes, like our bodies, we’ve got to keep our entryways beautiful and our exit-ways functional. Our homes want to co-operate, we just have to give them a little nudge in the right direction and the right tools for the job.

Assess Your Needs

Before you do a complete overhaul spend a little bit of time paying attention to your needs. What are the things that you need to take with you when you go? What are the things that you’re always running back to grab? What do you often bring into your home from the outside world? Build your entryway goals around these items and follow these easy tips for beauty and functionality.

Hang it Up

Years ago, I found a cast iron key holder at a garage sale and it has become one of the most important pieces in my entryway. A simple key holder can keep you from scrambling and looking for things when you leave the house.

Here you can hang:

  • Earbuds,
  • dog leash,
  • and of course, your keys!

Install some bigger hooks to hang:

  • Backpacks
  • Purses
  • Umbrellas

Set it Down

Ever try to hang your lipstick on a key holder and things got messy really quick? Me either, I guess we all know some things don’t belong on hooks. What doesn’t seem to come quite as naturally, is how we can keep track of our stuff without having to always look for it. To decide what needs to live in this area of your home refer to the list of items that you’re either always taking with you or bringing home. If you’re a paper person then the entrance is a great place for a sorting station. Deal with your mail right when you get it. If you find you have a lot of smaller items on your list, grab a bowl you love and put it by your door. Use it to hold:

  • Lipstick (we covered this remember?),
  • bus passes,
  • business cards,
  • mints,
  • bike lights,
  • wallets,
  • any other small things on your list.

A bowl will keep your stuff handy when you’re ready to go and be there waiting for your pocket goodies when you get home.

Remember, beauty and function should live together in harmony, so make sure you pick pieces for your entryway that you love. A beautiful bowl, an antique hook, a favourite stand or table that has never quite found its purpose. Choose items that give you warm, cozy “I’m home” and “blow a kiss, I’ll see you soon” feelings.