Creating a first impression

In my previous post, I showed an entry closet we had recently completed. It got me thinking.

I see a LOT of homes and in almost every case, the entry is a mess. It feels as though you are walking into a mud room or a huge closet. There is stuff everywhere, shoes all over the place, coats hanging all over the walls, keys, boxes, shopping bags and junk that has been simply dropped and left there to die. Not a great first impression.

Your entry is the first thing people experience when they enter your home and sets the tone for what they are about to encounter. It should be neat, organized, welcoming and a space you should be proud of and not embarassed about. You shouldn’t have to apologize with “please, excuse the mess”.

Don’t tell me you have kids, pets, busy schedules and not enough space. All it takes is a little effort and ongoing maintenance and you will be able to come home at the end of a hectic day, open your door and feel relaxed as you enter. After all, there’s enough chaos out in the world, you don’t need to be greeted by it when you come home.

Some things to keep in mind.

DECLUTTER!!!!!!! This is especially true if you live in a small space. Get rid of things you never ever wear. Donate them. Someone would love to have your things that are simply collecting dust. Then don’t keep every single coat, shoe, hat and scarf you own in your entry.

You only need to keep things there that you are regularly wearing.

You don’t need 12 pairs of flip flops in your entry closet in the winter any more than you need an assortment of boots, mittens and scarves there in the summer. Seasonal flipping is a must. Out of season items can go in plastic bins and other closets.

If you feel you don’t have the space, then get creative. Plastic bins on wheels that roll under the bed are fantastic for gloves, sweaters, scarves and hats and you can buy inexpensive wicker baskets, throw your boots in there and store them on top of your kitchen cabinets. No one has to know what’s in them. You can buy beautiful decorative boxes, throw all your out of season items in them and then stack them as an end table in your living room. Storage ottomans are great as well.

Check out and

Both stores have amazing and beautiful boxes, baskets and bins that you can store all your stuff in.

Check out or for fantastic closet organizing systems. Of course google images is always a great way to find ideas and get inspired.

Once your closet is done, to create a beautiful entry you need a few things. A console or  floating shelf is a great place for some decor items and a bowl or small basket for keys. You can slide a storage cube or two underneath for small items and they can be pulled out when you need to sit to put on your shoes. A mirror above will open up the space and allow you to check yourself one final time before you leave. A beautiful light fixture above or a small lamp and an area rug or runner will add some ambiance and warmth.

Hopefully this has been helpful.

Spring is on it’s way and it’s a great time to declutter and get your house in order. Take some time and make your entry a fantastic first impression for your home. Imagine how great it will feel to come home at the end of a busy day, open your door and breathe a sigh of relief. You might even crack a smile.

Finally, here are just a few examples of some entries we’ve done:


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