Hall/entryways are usually one of the smallest spaces within a house; yet are usually a place that needs lots of storage solutions for the ever daunting ‘getting out of the house on time’ task faced multiple times a day.
Having a place to store coats, bags, scarves, shoes, keys, post & a million other things can prove difficult, which is why i’ve been thinking about solutions to help making this space more efficient & functional as well as looking beautiful.
1. Identify your needs –
Do you have space for a storage bench or is your buggy permanantly parked ready for the school run? Do you regularly find yourself hunting down the side of the sofa for your car keys 10 minutes AFTER you were supposed to meet a friend? Do you have a daily battle every morning getting your children out the door to school?
Identify your biggest needs for this space. If your main aim is to make your hallway more functional for your children to get ready in the morning rather than shouting 57 times to put their coat/shoes on (this will probably continue whether you plonk them infront of their face but may whittle it down to 36 times…) or are you childfree but it takes you 2 hours to wake up properly before you become aware of the need to wear shoes instead of slippers to the office? Once you’ve identified your needs, think of ways to make them look beautiful.
2. Keep it neat –
ALWAYS keep this area neat. Firstly, it’s the first room anybody will see when they enter your home so make it the stuff of dreams, not nightmares. Secondly, keeping this area neat & free of clutter will mean that it will make life easier for all members of your household to get out of the house in the long run. Winter coats/wellies/boots need to go away to storage in the Summer months…flip flops need to go away in winter. I’m sure you get it.
3. Have a home for everything –
Use baskets or drawers for items so everybody knows exactly where they live, making it easier to keep tidy. Gloves in this draw, shoes in that basket, car keys in that bowl. It will honestly make your life SO much easier.
4. Use hooks –
One of the most useful storage solutions when it comes to hallways – to hang up your coats, scarfs & bags. One brilliant idea i’ve seen on Pinterest was to give each member of your household their very own initialled hook to hang their bits on, including the dog for his/her lead.
5. It’s all about the console table –
Console tables were made for hallway – not only do they look gorgeous & give a place to pop things on (picture frames, lamps, ornaments, flowers etc) they also provide storage. No room? Try a floating shelf or hide an unsightly radiator with a cover.
Love, Charlotte x
Loving your hall. I live in a terraced cottage with no hall and no built in cupboards! It's been fun/interesting getting creative trying to find room for 'stuff'!! @just_dizzyb xx
That definitely makes living hard – have you considered maybe building a little porch area outside? We did that at our old house & it was so handy for all the shoes/coats/leads & other junk that shouldn't find its way into the house x
Your home is beautiful and very inspirational! I've not long discovered your blog but I'm hooked, I love your ideas and tips – you've motivated me to have a good look at my home and I have started to change things up a bit 🙂
Hi Kerri, thank you so much for your lovely comment! Good luck changing things up & let me know how you get on 🙂 x