7 SIMPLE ENTRYWAY ORGANIZATION IDEAS
One of the keys to a great summer? An organized entryway and mudroom! Avoid constantly losing time (and getting frustrated) looking for summer essentials with these tips that make getting out of the house with everything you need fast and easy.
Get Organized to Maximize Summer Fun!
Summer means spending time outdoors, playing sports, enjoying pool and beach days, BBQs, and other fun outdoor activities. The last thing you want to do is waste time searching for the items needed for these activities: things like sun hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, towels, sports equipment, and bug spray that always seem to get misplaced.
Creating designated homes in your entryway or mudroom for these items is the key to making sure you spend less time looking for things and more time having fun this summer. So, let’s get to my favourite tips!
1) Use The Inside Of Closet Doors
You can quickly (and affordably) transform the inside of closet doors into valuable entryway and mudroom storage. My three favourite ways to take advantage of this space are a hanging shoe pocket, an over-the-door rack, and a hanging shelf.
All 3 of these options provide excellent homes for all the things you need to leave your house in the summer, like sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhats, travel tissues, bug spray and band-aids, to name just a few. Place items young kids need at the bottom, and they can get what they need and put it away themselves.
It’s also easy to seasonably swap items out and turn this summer storage solution into a winter one for hats, mitts and scarves! Bonus tip for you: if you don’t care for hooks showing over the door when it’s closed, remove them and use command hooks instead as pictured below.
2) Create “Drawers” In Your Closet
If you can spare a little hanging space in your closet, a hanging shelf like this is also a great option. Add some baskets with labels to each shelf to create “drawers” and store the summer essentials here.
3) Get Creative With The Ikea Trones
Designed for shoes but useful for so much more, the slim and vertical nature of the Ikea Trones shoe rack means it offers a lot of storage without taking up a lot of space. Just add some containment (the Ikea Skubb inserts work great), and you’ve got a great place to keep sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, and even ball gloves and shin guards.
I have four at my back door and store our sunscreen, bug spray and some outdoor toys in them, making everything easy to grab on our way out the door.
Plus, the top provides an extra flat surface; add a bowl or basket, and you’ve created a drop zone for keys, passes, sunglasses and mail you when you enter the house. You can even take it up a notch and add a wood surface, as seen below.
4) Use Baskets Everywhere!
Never underestimate the power of some well-placed baskets and bins to bring order and function to your space. The baskets and bins provide designated homes, keep items in one category together AND apart from the other categories, and minimize visual clutter.
Keep one or two near the door, under benches, on a shelf in a closet, or wherever you have room, to store all the things: sports items, towels, summer hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
5) Create a Grab-And-Go First Aid Kit
A few summers ago, I put together a grab-and-go first aid kit using a small zippered pouch, and it has been such a time saver! It contains essentials including Tylenol, band aids, sanitizer, Kleenex, wipes and sunscreen.
I keep it in the hanging shoe pocket in our mudroom. All I do is grab it on our way out the door and throw it into whatever bag I’m taking on our outings.
You do have to remember to replenish any supplies used on the outing when you get home. But taking a minute to do this when you return home is much faster and easier than rushing to gather everything when trying to leave the house.
6) Use A Leaving Basket
If space permits, I also like adding a basket or bin for items leaving your home like store returns, things to be returned to friends or family and library books. The container stops these items from looking like clutter until they leave your house and is a visual reminder to grab them when leaving.
7) Develop The Habits
Of course, creating homes for all the summer essentials will only save you time if you consistently use them. To get out of the house quickly with everything you need, you have to develop the habit of placing all the items into their designated homes every time you come into the house.
It may take a little practice initially, but I promise, it’s worth it when you just cruise out the house to enjoy some summer fun with everything you need.
Don’t waste a second of the summer searching for the essentials you need to leave the house to enjoy it! Follow these 7 tips to organize your entryway and mudroom and make getting out of the door with everything you need fast and easy!
Do you use any of these storage ideas? Let me know in the comments below. Add if you liked this post, please share it!