There is no closet (anywhere on the first floor) so I put a bench with hooks on the back for coats, a little cabinet with the dog's leash & bags & a key hook on the wall. What else can you do...do you hang coats in everyone's rooms? What about book bags or the pool bag (we go to the pool 1-2x/week)? I have some shelves up right now, but again I hate it. It's not so bad now that winter is over, but hats & scarves & boots, I can't see keeping them in our bedrooms upstairs.
Just looking to see what other people do.
We also keep a coat tree, right now it's in the living room, but it really looks out of place. I'd like to move it near the bench in the kitchen, it'd be between the bench and the fridge, so you could grab your coat, sit down to put on shoes, and keep on the same direction out the door.
You can get a small doormat (like 12x16) for big people shoes next to the front door, and if they aren't everyday shoes (like dress shoes or rain boots) then they need to be put away as soon as they are dry, cleaned up, etc. and dress shoes can be taken off and walked to the bedroom/closet right away.
We keep all of our off-season coats on a portable closet rack in the basement, along with the snow pants, rain gear, etc.
If I have time during the day (haha) I move slippers to the back bench so that there is something to put on when you take off your shoes. Dh is much more likely to take off his shoes if there is something to put on. I prefer barefoot (but I go barefoot outside too)...
Our front door opens into our living room too, but we do have a closet right there. Also, our stairway is right by our front door, so we hung up three strips of hooks to hang coats, bags, winter stuff. One hook strip is low enough for the kids to hang their coats up. We have a door on our stairway, so we are not always looking at this clutter!
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In this place, I do have a closet just to the right of the door so coats and shoes are stored in there. I also have a big mat on the floor inside the door to cover the carpet. I do hang our everyday jackets on the doorknobs (it's only the two of us anyway) and I have a credenza thing along a wall by the door which has a bowl for my keys and also tends to accumulate stuff coming in and going out like my purse, library books, etc. I've accepted that it's just never going to be decluttered! And like the other place, on snowy and muddy days, the shoes stay in the hall.
|for those of you that don't have a mudroom, foyer, etc...|
We are planning on enclosing in our front porch to make a mudroom. Will be nice to have our living room neater from all the footwear and outerwear a family of 5 requires for living in the country
BTW, the rack with hooks is just wood cut down to size with nice hooks drilled into it, painted the same color as our walls.
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Originally Posted by MaryLang
I put a room dividing screen in the living room when you walk in the door, it acts as a sort of mudroom. I added some decorations to it, silk ivy wrapped around the top. I have a rug just the size I need for the "mudroom" and keep shoes in baskets. I also have a coat rack and key rack on the wall.
With warmer weather, we don't use jackets much so they can go in that closet or bedrooms. I have a rug beside the door year round. I've limited shoes by the door to 1 or 2 pairs per person. The rest need to be stored elsewhere.
portable mud room
Maybe you could get an attractive armoire or cabinet so you don't see the coats and stuff that you need to store near the door.
Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)