Cleaning up the Entryway

The entryway has never really been my favourite part of the house. And since we had kids, it’s become a total mess. Because kids mean more shoes, coats, hats, and mittens. They also mean traveling gear – strollers, infant seats, baby carriers, diaper bags. It was all vying for room in our entryway. We had places for all the stuff, in theory, but it just wasn’t working. To prove my point I took some snapshots of our entryway a few days ago, in its typical state. If you are really interested, you can click on any of the photos for a larger view.

The view from the doorway

The view from the doorway

Hat / mitt / scarf basket

Our overflowing woolen basket

More woolens stuck in the railing

More woolens stuck in the railing

Shoes and baby carriers in the way

Shoes and baby carriers in the way

Coats end up in the baby carrier basket

Coats end up in the baby carrier basket

The catch-all spot speaks for itself

The catch-all spot speaks for itself

Basically, we just had too much stuff in a small space, so everything ended up in piles, and strewn across the floor. So we did what I always do in these situations, we headed to IKEA (By the way, is it IKEA or Ikea? I went with IKEA since that’s what they use in their catalogue, but I’m not really sure what would be the correct grammar).

I went to the Swedish superstore first and scouted out our options. I also tried lingonberries for the first time, yum! Because I drive a compact and travel with an infant strapped to me I brought Jon along on a separate trip to haul our new organization system home. We were fast, man, in and out in under 20 minutes. Back at home I set it up, because in our house I’m the one who builds the furniture. I am woman, hear me roar (… and also use a lot of bad words as I wrestle with dowels).

Look at me, building Swedish furniture

Look at me, building Swedish furniture

A few blisters and a couple of thrown allen keys later, and we had a lovely cubby system in our entryway. I think it’s a big improvement, and I’m very happy with it. I’ve even adorned the side with kid art to greet people as they enter our home.

The finished product, loaded with our stuff.

The finished product, loaded with our stuff.

There are some more shots of our brand new entryway here. Again, click on any photo for a larger view.

The new view from our doorway

The new view from our doorway

Cleaned up baby carriers and coats

Cleaned up baby carriers and coats

The cleaned up catch-all corner

The cleaned up catch-all corner

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    1. Oh yeah! Do you find yourself pausing to just look at it every time you walk by? It must feel so good. Nice!
      Katie

    2. We live in a bi level,so we have a very small landing (4′ x 3′) and then there are 5 stairs up and 5 down. We have a hooks on the wall behind the door (makes it that much more challenging when there are a gazillion little people coats, sweater and bathings suits (don’t ask) hanging on said hooks. We have a small bench, which no one sits on, but all our bags and crap gets pile on top of and our shoes get shoved under – or the dog when she was still with us. There is just enough room for 1 adult and 2 children with no bags to come in comfortably and take off your gear and head up or down. Any more and it just don’t work. Our back landing is worse – it is 2 x 2 so that means only 1 person in at a time to take off shoes (the stairs have carpet) and put coat away (no hooks, only closet here). This is why I don’t park in my garage in the winter….too cold to stand outside and wait for everyone to go in 1 at a time. My front and back landings is what I would change in my house…and I would put a tv and lounge chair in my laundry room – or just make it part of my kitchen!

    3. Wow, it looks great!

    4. That’s AWESOME :) I love love love IKEA. We have a similar unit (is it Expidit? I forget what it’s called now). We have the 4×4 square one in the dark espresso colour. Very cool.

    5. Go Amber! (You look hot holding that Alan Key ;))

    6. Fabulous! As you know, I am a fan too! I had to look it up in wikipedia recently – IKEA is an acronym of the founder’s initials and hometown.

      Lingonberries, yum!

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