My Entryway Update: Closet Organization

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I have a lot more installments to share in my “living room series,” but first, I wanted to take a quick break to share about some of the projects that I am working on currently. I am in the midst of making some small updates to my entryway, and I’ll be sharing the results in a few weeks once it’s finished. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find that I only really figure out what a space needs after using it for a few months or I realize that the needs of that particular space end up evolving over time. 

I had decorated my foyer (which is really just a small hallway that opens right into my dining room) back in 2017, and it was attractive and functional enough for the time being. However, over the course of the year, I identified several more “needs” for this space, and I’m now doing a modest update in order to address those. I’ll go into more details about this in another post, but the main “need” that I want to discuss today is better closet organization! 

We are fortunate to actually have a coat closet in our entryway, so we can just “shut the door” on all the clutter. However, I am the kind of person who still knows it’s there and can’t stand the chaos. I also knew that we weren’t using the space very well, and it was often difficult to find things. 

So, I came up with the three biggest issues that I wanted to resolve:

1)   Shoes. I have become one of those “no shoes in the house” kind of person, so rather than storing all of our shoes in our bedroom closet, they were usually ending up in the hallway closet by the door. Also, I needed a way to attractively and efficiently store other people’s shoes if I had a whole bunch of guests over.

2)   Purses/bags. I’ve never had a great place to store my purse—I can’t just leave it on the floor somewhere, because the cats would get into it and wreak havoc. For years, I had been hanging it on the doorknob of our hallway closet, but I didn’t really like that solution. Plus I had a whole bunch of other miscellaneous tote bags, which just got thrown on the top shelf of our closet in disarray. 

3)   Miscellaneous accessories. And then there are all those items, like hats, gloves, and umbrellas, which also got thrown onto our closet shelf and were never quite where you needed them to be. I wanted to corral all these items together in an attractive way, so that I could find them at a moment’s notice. 

Armed with this list, I went to my favorite store for all my organization needs—the Container Store! And I found some great things! Here are my solutions:

Putting it all together, here’s what my neat and tidy closet looks like now:

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It feels SO much better now that everything has its proper place, and what’s even better is that these storage solutions are low maintenance enough that I know they will actually stay this way. Now, time to tackle the next closet!