Happy Friday my beautiful OCD friends! While it's the weekend and time to relax, if you've been around me for even a minute, you probably already know there will be some kind of an organizing project going on here. I plan on re-arranging my craft supplies to make room for a new prop studio I'm creating. Stay tuned for more about that soon.
In the meantime, let's talk about entryways, how to organize and style them.
The entryway. The first impression as you walk in the door and depending on the season, the room filled with everything from beach towels to boots. Trust us, we've all been there. The key is, a place for everything and everything in it's place. Yes, a cliché, but quite frankly, it's what works. This entryway at the home of Clea Shearer, co-founder of The Home Edit has only what it needs. It's functional and neatly styled, just the way we like it.
Looking to organize + style your entryway? Here are 5 easy tips to get you there and some of our favorite entryways.
[ ONE ]. Clear. It. Out. And, we mean everything goes. You might create one big, giant mess, but by the time you finish this project, you should only have things that deserve space in your home or that you absolutely need. Create three areas. 1. Keep, 2. Re-purpose (the item must have a pre-determined place in your home), 3. Donate. This meaning, you're packing items to go out the door in the morning as you go through the editing process.
[ TWO ]. Get set with the proper tools. Everything must have a home or be contained. Do a walk-through and make a list with two columns. The first being what you 'have', the second column, what you 'need'. We're talking everything from a place for mail, keys, shoes, boots, grocery totes, umbrellas, a place to sit and a place to hang your hat(s). We also recommend a console table or floating shelf. Both provide a space to keep your keys in a pretty bowl or tray and and area to sort your mail. You can also line coordinating baskets underneath to store shoes, hats, gloves and slippers. Our big tip here: the entryway is not an office. Sort your mail at the door, keep only 'in and out' mail here, and put the rest to the mail system in your office.
[ THREE ]. Plan, measure, make a list and shop. In. That. Order. Not everyone has a budget for an interior designer or professional organizer, but don't be afraid to call for quotes. Some of the very best stylists and organizers are just starting out and are happy to have the work. And, if you have something to offer, there may be a collaboration or 'trade' in your future. If you're planning a DIY project, the first thing you should do is start a Pinterest board. Collect ideas for color inspiration, style, design, layout and products you love. Next, MEASURE, measure and measure again. Consider this the most important piece of any successful organizing project. You'll know exactly what size baskets, shelves, tables or other items to buy and how many of each. You'll also save time and the cost of store or online returns for those items that don't work out.
[ FOUR ]. Organize + style. In our world, styling has become as important as organizing. If you want your entryway to be Instagram and Pinterest ready, it's more than just getting the job done. It's editing, organizing books or other items by color, grouping like items together, including a pretty wallpaper or your favorite gift wrap to the back of shelving, color coordinating baskets and pulling in accent pieces.
[ FIVE } Make it your own. In addition to organizing items, work in a few home decor pieces to display your own personal style. A wall mirror or piece of art above the table, chest or shelf is an easy way to go. We love the approach Crafted Sparrow took with creating a wall gallery about her family. Did you already guess what the number '4' stands for? If you're not an artist by trade or hobby, see Rebecca's site for ideas. You can also add family photos, a lamp or two, seating or a bench, and of course, fresh flowers or succulents are always a good idea.
xx/deb + allie