This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
We are very lucky in this house to have quite a large entryway. Unlike other homes we’ve lived in over the years, the front door opens into a nicely-sized open chamber so that no one is stuck waiting outside or forced into the main house before being able to remove coats and shoes comfortably. It’s a nice feature to have, but not every home is set up for it.
Whether you have a tiny entryway or a large foyer, you can maximize your space by taking some tips from the professionals. CORT’s blog recently featured an article about exactly how to do it: Making a Grand Entrance: Your Entryway Says It All.The ideas I gleaned from them helped me to clean up and make better my own entry.
As you can see in this “before” photo, we often let our entry get out of control. Four kids throwing jackets and shoes all over the place, plus using our shelves as a sort of “catch-all” for mail, random bits of garbage and other paraphernalia meant that the first thing people saw upon entering our home was a giant mess.
We originally set up the shelves with storage bins so that each child could have their own drawer to store their things. But the best laid plans are often ignored when kids are involved. But using the suggestions from CORT on how to maximize your entryway, I set about cleaning up and reorganizing this area so that our entry would more accurately reflect our home and personalities. The result was a much more streamlined version of the above.
As you can see, we removed all of the clutter from the shelves, put away the various shoes, jackets and bags into bins and tried to use the free space to add little bits of decor. As the article says, “Every entry should work for and fit the family who uses it.” I can’t pretend we don’t have a lot of clutter, but we can definitely do better at hiding it away with a good organizational plan.
The article also suggests using bold colors in your decor. I made sure that two of my favorite decorative elements were displayed well. Firstly was my large blue cat statue that always makes me smile, and the second was this dog cookie jar that we use as a piggy bank. All spare change makes its way to the dog, so having it by the front door is great as it allows us to clear out our pockets when we get home.
The rest of our decor comes in the form of wall space. We have several family photos framed and hung, along with a mirror and a metal quote. On the floor is a nice oval rug that brings everything together.
Even if you are working with a smaller space, CORT has many suggestions on how to make it work for you both functionally and aesthetically. Read the article for some great ideas.