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For 2013 I’m writing a series of articles on organizing ideas for various rooms in the home.  To kick off the New Year, I thought it’d be appropriate to start at the beginning… The Entryway.

Entryways are your home’s first impression. They are the first thing people see when they enter your home and the last thing they see before they leave. Not only does an entryway set a tone for your guests, but for all who enter and exit including YOU.

Entryways have a big job. They are responsible for housing keys, mail, and outwear, just to name a few things. Whether it’s the front, back or side door, your entryway is a critical spot for functional storage.

Depending on the size of your space, the possibilities can be endless. To keep things simple, I’ve highlighted 3 items from one of my favorite catalogs, Ballard Designs.  They are great source of inspiration for almost any room in the home.

  • Vintage Mirror Train Rack:

village mirror train rack



Why I love it…This versatile piece has just the right touch of character for a small space that needs to serve multiple purposes.  Use the hooks for keys, sweatshirts, purses, leashes, or umbrellas.  Check your make-up in the mirror before you walk out the door and don’t forget the top shelf that can hold a basket with hats and gloves. Love it!





  • Entryway Metal Hooks:

 Metal Hooks



Why I love it…These rustic hooks come in two sizes and are ideal for backpacks, coats and hats. Hang at varying heights so kids can access their items independently. Narrow enough to be functional for almost any space.  Love it!






  • Beadboard Entry Cabinets:

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Why I love it…A wonderful alternative to custom built-ins. These entry cabinets are multi-functional with plenty of drawer storage for hats, gloves, and scarves; roomy bench seating to put shoes on or take them off, not to mention hooks for coats and bags. Love it!






Next stop, bathroom storage…..