Installing a magnetic board or pegboard opens up vertical space for storage. Hang pegs, hooks, baskets and other accessories to hold frequently used items like keys, hats and bags. You can create a personalized place for each family member. In addition, this allows things to be easily seen and grabbed on the way out. Rustic wood peg rails also add a touch of style.
2. Install hooks with at least 2 prongs
Hooks with a double prong design allow bags to hang from the bottom while coats go up top (or left and right, depending on the design). These sturdy hooks can handle the weight of heavy items that would otherwise end up in a heap on the floor. Stagger hooks of varying heights for optimal use of space.
3. Use storage ottomans
Storage ottomans pull double duty as seating and storage. Lift the lid to stash seasonal accessories like gloves and hats until needed. They also work for hiding toys quickly at the end of the day. Look for ottomans with comfortable, wipeable upholstery and generous interior room.
4. Take advantage of your laundry room
If your home already has a laundry room by the entryway, put it to work as your main mudroom. Retractable drying racks can be mounted to empty walls for air-drying clothes as they are brought inside. Sort laundry right away into bins for each type of wash.
5. Add open shelving around windows
Windowsills and the space surrounding them tend to go unused. Filling this area with open shelving creates a handy home for baskets that can corral hats, gloves and even shoes when not in use. The transparency keeps contents visible and easy to access without cluttering up floor space.
6. Install an open bench at entryway
An open bench with a lifted seat hides storage for shoes and other items you want grabbed easily on the way out the door. Look for a bench long enough to accommodate the whole family, or one that will best maximize the space. This also avoids the need to bend down constantly while putting on shoes before heading out.
7. Create cubbies and bins for everyone
Designate cubbies or bins for every family member to keep personal belongings separated. Backpacks, keys and wallet essentials each get their own tidy spot. This organizes items coming into the home, and allows for grab-and-go access on rushed mornings. Color coding by person makes finding things even easier.