We’ve been living in our house for almost two years now and there are still tons of things I want to do to make it more livable. When we first moved in, we thought we would only be here for two years. That meant that it wasn’t worth doing a lot of customizing. However, we found out in April that we would be staying here for at least another year, most likely another three years, and possibly as long as five years. I felt that that was enough to make it worth my while to start customizing.
There are a ton of things that I love about our house, but the front entry way is not one of them. When you first walk in our door you see the stairs up to our top floor. Immediately to the right and left are doors into other rooms. Our front closet is just a little further down on the right in the hallway that leads to our kitchen.
This doesn’t leave a ton of room for storage of all our “front hall stuff”. Ideally, I would love to have a mud room, but that’s just not going to happen in this house. One small thing that I realized I could do, was to make a small kids storage area. I waited to find a nice set of hooks on sale, then had my husband install them in the hallway that leads to our kitchen. This small set of hooks is at just the right height for little kiddos to put away their own stuff! The fun part is that they actually like taking care of their own things now that they can actually reach them. I was a little worried that the hall was too narrow, and that we were always going to be bumping into the coats and back packs. Luckily that has not happened and it doesn’t obstruct traffic flow at all. Now I just need a good idea for storing mitts, hats etc in the winter. Any suggestions?