The entryway has always been a very important space to us. I don’t function well in chaos. Therefore, the old adage, “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place,” has been our organizational motto. Years ago I read a book on organizing your life and the biggest thing I took away from it was that you are more likely to put something away if there is little effort involved in putting it away. This means storing things as closely as possible to the place where they are most used. The effort involved in getting it out and putting it away is minimalized. You use it more AND put it away more. A place for everything and everything in it’s place.
We aren’t sticklers about not wearing shoes in the house, but we rarely wear shoes in our home. We are in the habit of taking shoes off as soon as we get home so having a place for them to go right at the door makes the chance of them being put away much higher. When we got our fifth wheel, I knew I had to figure out a way to store our shoes and jackets right inside the door. As well as purses, wallets, sunglasses, spare change, keys, and hats.
We decided on the Kallax unit from Ikea. It fits the space perfectly and the “drawers” you can add hold shoes nicely. The bottom two drawers have our tennis shoes in them. The top drawer holds library books and DVDs as well as winter hats and gloves. The top shelf holds Micaiah’s and my purses. We have attached Command hooks for jackets and sweaters. During the winter it was pretty full with everyone’s heavy coats, so it’s nice to be able to put those away in the closet now and have more room out here.
RC loves wearing hats (and looks really handsome in them) so those are hung above the door. Again, more command hooks. I also covered the padding above the door with a fabric I’ve used in the rest of the fifth wheel.
Here you can see the entry in relation to the bathroom. We didn’t bolt the Kallax unit down because we have needed to move it occasionally to get things into or out of the rig. When we travel we put everything in the very bottom drawer to make it bottom heavy and we set a package of water bottles on the side of it. The water bottles and steps into the bathroom do a good job of wedging it in there and we haven’t had any problems with it sliding around or toppling over at all.
The basket/tray on top of the shelves was one I have had for years now. I love the texture it adds and it has served many purposes. Now it holds wallets, spare change, sunglasses, and little trinkets we somehow end up with.
The “B” wall was in our last sticks and bricks and in Tiny. Most of them have been found at Hobby Lobby during a 1/2 off sale. I just keep my eyes peeled and get them when I find one I like at a price I’m willing to pay. A mirror at the door to give yourself a quick check before going out is nice. This one is super light because it is plastic and I found it at Dollar Tree. Score!
The House Rules came from Ross. I had been looking for one for awhile back when we lived in a townhouse. I’m so glad I ended up with this one because it has worked in our mobile life just as well as it did in our stationary one.
So that’s how we have made our entryway work for us. What tricks have you employed in your entryway? Or are you more disciplined and actually put your stuff away some other place?
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