4 organizing tips to improve your entrance way

Controlling the clutter at the entrance to your home can be a huge challenge.

Colorful clothing on coat hooks

Vary the height of hook and shelves

1. Place hooks low enough that everyone can hang up his or her own coats, sweaters, and jackets.

2. Establish a space that can be reached without help for each person’s backpack or gym bag.  This could be a shelf, cupboard or hook.

Mount shelves at different heights for each person in the household.

Mount shelves at different heights for each person in the household.

Designate a place for footwear

3. Have enough space near the entrance for shoes that are used regularly.  Buy stackable shoe racks and use vertical space efficiently.  Footwear worn occasionally should be stored elsewhere and brought out as needed.

Use vertical space to prevent footwear form sprawling all over the entry way

Use vertical space to prevent footwear from sprawling all over the entry way

Use a shoe organizer to store your hats,gloves,sunscreen 

4. Have a place for seasonal hats, gloves and scarves.  A hanging shoe organizer is ideal for this purpose.  Put regularly-worn hats, scarves and pairs of gloves into the pockets, where you can easily see each item and quickly select what you need.   Storing hats, mitts and scarves directly with a jacket also helps to keep everything together.


Use a shoe organzer to hold hats in the closet

Use a shoe organizer to hold hats in the closet

What is the biggest problem in your front entrance way? Let me know, I might have a solution for you.

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Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca


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  1. Janet Barclay on July 23, 2016 at 5:22 am

    I have zero space in my entry way. No floor space for a shoe rack or wall space for coat hooks. Fortunately, there is a closet!

    • Julie Stobbe on July 25, 2016 at 7:15 am

      On the inside of the closet, on the wall on the same side as the door, there is usually a little space beside the door. You could put up a hook to hang an umbrella, hat, scarf, broom.

      • Janet Barclay on November 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm

        I have a broom and dustpan hanging on the back of the door, and a flyswatter hanging just inside it.

        • Julie Stobbe on November 3, 2017 at 9:02 am

          That can be very handy for quick clean ups. I have noticed in a lot of homes all the cupboards have shelves and there isn’t a place to hang long items. The back of the door is a perfect solution.

  2. Anne on August 19, 2016 at 9:20 am

    The entranceway is such a challenge. It’s where people are most likely to want to drop whatever is on their hands – a hat, umbrella or a coat – yet that’s the place you want to keep as tidy as possible, to make a good impression on your guests.

    Some very good ideas there. I also have a very small entranceway but I think I do need at least a few wall-mounted hooks near the door. Thanks for making me give this some thought!

    • Julie Stobbe on August 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      You’re welcome. If you want to try hooks near the entrance way use the 3M command hooks. You can easily remove them or move them to a different spot or height without leaving any holes in the wall.

  3. TrafficRider on November 7, 2017 at 12:09 am

    I have zero space in my entryway. No floor space for a shoe rack or wall space for coat hooks so, it always mess

  4. Olive Wagar on November 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Those shoe organizers are so handy for storing an variety of items besides shoes!
    Such a great way to take advantage of vertical space.

    • Julie Stobbe on November 21, 2017 at 9:10 am

      I like them because they are cost effective and come in many colours, fabrics and sizes.

  5. Nancy Haworth on November 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    These are great organizing tips! I love the solution of using a hanging shoe organizer to store hats.

    • Julie Stobbe on November 23, 2017 at 7:48 am

      I am glad you enjoyed. You can store so many items in them, hats mitts scarves.

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