Entry ways are not easy to maintain and need to be kept presentable at the least as they come under such constant scan of people coming and going through your home.
A shoe rack is a must if you don’t want the floor muddied. Keep a metal cooling wire rack for wet shoes so that they dry easily without leaving too much of a puddle. Also, keep a small mat beside the rack so that you can wipe shoes before discarding them. For other goods that are used infrequently, store them in a basket and for those you use often like a favorite scarf or a pair of gloves, keep it in an open bowl basket. Sunglasses, keys and the like can all be in one place that way.
Making the most of it
Corners can be used to store your laundry stuff and use a curtain to screen it from view. Have a shelf area next to it for your bags and shoes. Hang bags from a hook and keep a cubby hole shoe rack at the bottom of the shelf for shoes. Decorative boxes can be handy for storing accessories like gloves and scarves. Small buckets too can be used and you can label them at the front.
If you have a small entryway that doesn’t leave enough space for storing coats or sports equipment, a bookcase turned into a storage cabinet can solve your troubles. A small slim bookcase unit can easily be fitted at one end of the hall and can store away your things and reduce clutter and a jumble of coats and sports gear. Or you can even accommodate it next to the hall door and can add to the brightness of entry space by using some bright vibrant shades of paint on it. You can even fit some hooks for car keys and the like.
If you have some favorite accessories like earrings, bangles or bracelets to wear, keep an ornamental bowl or cup filled with some of them on one of your shelves so that it adds to the décor. It is easy then to grab a bauble or two when in a hurry. As for change, a plain little white pouch filled with change can save you from having no change at the parking lot.
You can have a small white message board near the bookcase or use one of its walls as a message board. Simply paint that wall a glossy white and use markers that can be easily wiped away. Use this side to store your keys by having hooks fitted up. A mini calendar too can help you keep track of appointments.
All charged up
A charging station for your cell phone near the door will save you from forgetting it and can be handy for charging other things like i Pods. You can also have a few plastic holders filled with paper clips and pins for stationary emergencies. You can install wire sliding rack drawers beneath to hold shoes or other things without having to leave them in plain sight.