A couple of years ago, I designed a solution to our front entrance clutter.
Our tiny hall closet is home to my husband’s things, along with some of our footwear and out of season coats. But there’s no room at all for the kids’ things. Our front door is the only place to store the boots, shoes, coats, hats, helmets, snowpants, mitts and scarves that our 3+ kids use on a regular basis.
So I got to work scouring Pinterest for ideas and inspiration.
What I came up with reused two shelving units and two sets of hooks that we already had. First I put up some beadboard wallpaper (awesome stuff!). Then I mounted the shelving units to the wall and placed a plank across the top. I mounted the hooks between them, and swiped one of our kitchen benches to provide seating. I finished it all with a whitewash and then went over it with a dry brushing in a latte colour. Ikea baskets and nametags completed the look.
This is what we ended up with:
A tidy, organized area for the kids to hang their coats, line up their shoes or boots, and to store their hats and mitts. There’s even room to store their Awana books and Bibles.
The plank along the top of the shelving units became a focal point to display my favourite family portrait.
I love it. I think it looks great. That is, it looks great when I move all of the clutter to take pictures like these ones.
Having a organized entry way is great … until your kids start using it. Then it starts to look a little like this:
This is the point when my great big Pinterest-inspired ideas meet real life. And real life usually wins.
As much as it frustrates me, I also know that if real life wasn’t happening in my home, it wouldn’t be a happy one.
That’s why I’d pick real life over Pinterest any day.