Tips for Enhancing Your Entryway!
Have you ever looked at the mess of your entryway and thought “wow, I need to do something?” What can you do to make the entryway of your home more attractive? Whether you have a mudroom or a small entrance area, there are ways you can get creative in enhancing your space.
Our entryway is pretty small and that means a lot of shoes, backpacks, and coats can congest the already small space. In winter, there are even more things to contend with – boots and shoes, coats, hats, and scarves. I guess it is safe to say that you always have a ton of everything every season when you’re a family.
Cluttered and Unorganized.
We don’t have a closet right when you walk in; rather, we have a big one when you go to the lower level. Which for kids, it’s that extra mile that they don’t want to go. So, coats often end up perched somewhere they don’t belong. The shoes often end up stacked on top of each other on our old entry mat and with wet boots. It’s not a good look. It can get messy quick. So, I decided to make a few changes.
Read on for tips on how to make your entryway more organized and dare I say, prettier and greener too!
1. Start Small and Go From There
When it comes to your entryway, you don’t have to get all dramatic; start small. Spend time decluttering, so you’re not scrambling for space. You can add a small side table, bench or shoe shelf to help get things a little more organized. Bins and cubbies work wonders in entryways for organization. They are a great place to store gloves, mittens, and hats when not in use.
2. Add a Floormat on the Outside of your Entryway
If you live in a snowy or a muddy area, you know how detrimental the elements can be to an entryway. Catching the snow or mud before it comes inside is important. The right mat can catch snow or mud before it even comes in your home.
If you opt for a Traffic Master mat like us, it is super durable and backed with recycled rubber for slip resistance. I tend to trip on flat surfaces, so having this extra slip-resistance is priceless. Not to mention, a clean and dry entryway in the after-school bustle.
3. Invest in a Good Quality Boot Tray to Trap Dirt and Wetness
One item that we have in my home (that I love) is a boot tray. If you don’t own a boot tray, you’re missing out. A boot tray can help organize the shoes that are coming in from outside. It can also provide an area for snow to melt. Snow isn’t the only thing that collects on shoes though. So, having a place for boots and shoes to rest (instead of on the floor) is a great idea.
We love our new Traffic Master Boot tray because of its quality. It’s not a floppy thin plastic tray; rather it is firm and has raised ridges on the internal base of the tray to aid drainage. Even better – it’s an eco-friendly tray made with 98% recycled materials. I like the shape too because it allows easy placement for shoes of different sizes.
4. Don’t Underestimate the Power of Hooks
One of the things we had meant to do for, well, forever was to get some hooks up in the entryway. That way, we could hang the girls’ backpacks and they don’t end up on the floor. It is such a simple little “hack” that we often don’t think of. In less than 5 minutes, the hooks were up and the clutter was off the ground. Easy enough, huh?
5. Clean At Least Once a Week
The entryway isn’t one of those places in the home that you can just set and forget. I have to set aside time each week to reorganize our small entryway. The same advice goes for any entryway or mudroom; spend time cleaning it at least once a week.
TIP: If you don’t have a closet right in your entryway, invest in a coat hanger. We opted for one that will hold all of our coats and had room for our umbrellas that were just hanging around.
Along with cleaning, you will also find me decluttering this space. The kids are responsible for putting their items away properly. It’s amazing how nice our little entryway looks when everything is put away properly.
6. Add a Pop of Pretty
I decided to add a tall vase with some flowers to give our newly functional entryway a pop of pretty. We had this vase since Darasak and I had lived in our loft and it’s been stored away. We thought we would give it some more life and bring it back into our home decor. While I am sure you can definitely find more creative ways to pretty up your space, reusing items you have stored away is a great idea. I kept it minimal because it is such a highly trafficked area that I didn’t want to re-clutter what I had just de-cluttered. Feel free to let your creativity soar with this one!
One thing that I have always been passionate about is finding ways to make our home not only functional, but lessening its carbon footprint at the same time. We recycle, repurpose, reduce, and reuse. Other ways we try to help our planet is to choose products that do just that. Finding Rethink Tires stemmed from wanting to keep my entryway as clean as possible. They support the creation of sustainable products from scrap tires. I like to use products that are sustainable, but also created from recycled materials. I love the idea that the products I’m using in my home are giving old rubber new life. What started out as a simple tire has transformed my entryway into something amazing!
In my home, we use the Scalloped Boot Tray that is eco-friendly and made of 98% recycled materials. The Recycled Rubber Floormat has been amazing too. It is made from recycled rubber tires, which reduces the impact on landfills. Not to mention, it has a non-slip backing to reduce movement and help prevent accidents. You wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t told you, right? When you choose recycled products from Rethink Tires, you’re choosing the following:
- Fire resistant
- Noise reducing
- Durable and low maintenance
- Excellent in water run-off safety
Want to Do Your Part?
You totally can! Sustainable products made from scrap tires are transforming homes across the province. You can drop off old tires at a registered collector. Visit www.RethinkTires.ca to find a registered collector near you.
You may think that it’s just old tires but, once recycled, old tires come back in so many different shapes, sizes and forms. It is kind of cool to think about what your old tires might be transformed into.
If you’ve been looking for ways to re-vamp your entryway or mudroom, now you have some tips to get you started. If you are working on something else, kick-start your next home DIY project by checking out RethinkTires.ca to see what other sustainable recycled tire products are available.
How do you make your entryway more green and organized?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by the Ontario Tire Stewardship. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.