Although every home may not have dedicated floor space for an entryway, every home can offer a warm welcome to those who enter. A small table with a quaint little lamp quickly conveys a “so glad you are here” message to friends and family. A little shelf with hooks beside the door offers a place to put keys, totes, and purses. A shallow basket makes a handy landing spot for shoes. Each of these simple items serves a purpose without taking up too much space.
A stack of cubical shelves can serve a similar purpose. Each family member can have one cube or one column of cubes. It certainly helps to keep items off the kitchen table or piling up on the floor. It also sets a reasonable limit. These shelves come in all sizes and colors and can be used with or without baskets. They are readily available at home improvement or discount stores in a variety of prices.
The entryway from my garage has one of my favorite pieces of furniture—a vintage “gossip bench.” It is a combination bench and table. I suppose the culturally correct term is “mid-century” but that just seems a bit old to me! And I do want to clarify that I don’t use it to gossip! It was actually used back in the day when homes had rotary phones. The phone sat on top and the bench provided a place to sit while talking on the phone. The little shelf inside made for a handy place for the phone book—which people really did use! The bench belonged to my mother and she might have even gotten it from her mother. I use the bench as my place to put my church bag or library bag. The shelf holds small notebooks and audio books. The top shelf is just the right place to display a book angel made by my mother. There is something about all these memories that makes me smile whenever I walk past.
The entryway from my front door has a little bistro table with 2 chairs. The small lamp makes for a perfect “night light” when I know I will be coming home late. If my arms are full of tote bags when I enter the door, I know I can place them on the chairs and tend to them quickly. I don’t let things pile up here because I like using the table as a special spot for eating lunch. It has added such a lovely touch to my living room area.
Close by the door is a special container just for mail. It certainly saves time knowing there is just one place to look for that unopened bill or envelope of coupons. I have used different sized baskets, but I always like to keep it on the small side so that it doesn’t have a chance to become overwhelming!
I recently started using the inside of my entry door from the garage as a mini bulletin board. It is magnetic so it is very easy to display favorite photos in magnetic photo sleeves. I have a clip for event flyers that are happening the current week. Just a enough of a reminder, but not cluttered and messy.
Take a fresh look at the entryways to your home. Maybe you can add a special touch of welcome just by creatively using the space you already have! I would welcome hearing about your results. Comment below!