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Make An Entryway, Porch, Or Mudroom A Functional Work Of Art

Christine O'Kelly
Sep 8, 2008
Entryways, porches, and mudrooms are a great place to put everything when you come in the door, and also serve to introduce visitors to your home. These are the first places in the home that do not get used to their full potential and are often overcrowded. All you need is a few organizing tools like closet organizers to create custom closets along wit a few other great storage ideas. Soon, you will have a space that holds everything you need it to while still looking luxurious so that it becomes a room you enjoy entering.

Put Away Footwear And Outerwear

There is often a storage area or closet next to the door, but unfortunately, it is nothing but a big waste of needed space. Everyone sticks everything into them and it becomes difficult to find things. To fix this problem, add custom closets that are designed for you to hold everything in a tidy and organized manner. Closet organizers added to empty spaces give you the most bang for your buck for every inch of space. For instance, having two rods, one below the other, will allow you to hang two rows of jackets instead of one. For footwear, have a shelf along the bottom for shoes and set tall boots on top.

Headgear, Mittens, And Gloves

Have you ever noticed that each time you head to the garden or out in the snow you are always missing one of your mitts? You can fight off the glove-eating monster by adding a few larger shelves to your closet organizers. These shelves can hold larger baskets to keep all of your mitts and hats in one place. To keep the mitts together in the basket, hold them together with a clothespin. If you don't have space for baskets in your custom closets, don't fret. Attach the clothespins to a rope or a ribbon that matches into your decor and hang it in a corner of the room or across a wall. Do the same thing with your hats.

Keys, Mail, And Notes

Miscellaneous items are the first things to go missing -- making it vital to include them in your plans for custom closets. Las Vegas executives and even moms in Moapa can all benefit from not having to dig for hours to find the things they need to get out the door including bills, notes, keys, and maybe even sunglasses or a bag to carry everything in. Smaller closet organizers can be hung on the wall. Some of them have a mirror on top or a large frame for a collection of pictures with a corkboard or whiteboard underneath. These systems also have special areas for keys, mail, and other items.

Functional Seating

Bulky items like sports gear not only take up large amounts of space, but they also bring a unique scent into the room that isn't pleasant. Rather than dropping these items into a corner or making them fit into closet organizers, use a bench with storage under the seat. This way, the items are put away, they won't taint the scent of your other clothing items, and it will keep the smell under control especially if it is made of cedar. If it isn't, add bounce sheets to the inside of the bench. This also gives you a spot to sit down so you can take off your shoes.

Adding custom closets into your entryway with closet organizers is a great way to clean up the space so that it is not only usable, but welcoming to you and your guests. You will find that when everything looks better and organized, you will spend less time looking for the things you need, you will feel better when you open the door, and your stress will drain away.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly writes for Crowne Closets, a leading provider of custom closets in Las Vegas. As Las Vegas closet organizers, they provide a variety of solutions to homes of all sizes and shapes.
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