Getting out the door isn't always an easy task. I try my best to give myself enough time before I have to be somewhere. With all of the moving parts that come with being a Mom, one of the simplest solutions for getting out of the door on time is to make your entryway work for you. I love all the beautiful pictures online of people's mudrooms and giant foyer closets, but that is not my reality. My home's entryway is quite small. It has a small closet area (we removed the red accordion doors from the closet) and very little wall space. I know that others have smaller entryways than mine, so I hope that some of these solutions will be useful to you. My entryway organization is neat, tidy and functional. It really isn't beautiful, but I would choose function over beauty any day.
I came up with a few solutions for the entryway before summer. They have served us well. I needed to clean up the area and make sure that everything in the entryway was necessary and seasonally appropriate.
My husband installed three hooks for me. This gives my daughters a place to hang their jackets. They can both reach the hooks and be responsible for their own things. (Yay!)
- Ask yourself if the items in your entryway truly belong there. Can off-season shoes be stored somewhere else? Does your summer gear need to be taking up precious space when your kids are back to school in the fall?
- Worry less about whether something looks pretty and worry more about function. The shoe organizer isn't my favourite thing to look at but it is super functional and allows my kids to be independent.
- Make a habit (and help your kids make a habit) of putting things in their place. Give essential items a designated spot. My three-year old knows exactly where to find her hat, coat, and shoes. My keys are always in the same spot and so are my sunglasses. Getting out the door is much easier when you know exactly where your things are.