DIY Home Organization: Entryway Hacks

DIY Home Organization: Entryway Hacks

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By Kacie Hughes, Storage.com

Here at Storage.com, we want to help people get their homes organized and clean, whether through the use of self-storage or helpful online tips and hacks that you can try yourself.

The entryway of a home tends to be the most unorganized area of the house. With dozens of shoes and never-ending junk mail, it can often seem like there isn’t a reason to keep the entryway tidy. However, when done right, the entryway can quickly become your favorite room of the house. Wow your guests the minute they walk in the door with these 10 unique DIY entryway hacks.

1. ELIMINATE THE PHRASE “WHERE ARE MY KEYS?” WITH THIS DIY HINGED PICTURE FRAME.

A question that is old as time, or since doors and cars were invented, has been, “Where are my keys?” Eradicate this phrase from your life with this DIY hinged picture frame hack. You can hang up all of your keys and mask it behind one of your favorite framed images. Not only is it functional, but it also adds a level of security to your life. Go a step further and make the back of the frame magnetic or turn it into a dry erase board to keep important notes and receipts.

2. DON’T JUST BUY AN ENTRYWAY TABLE, CREATE A DIY ‘MANTLE’PIECE.

Take your entryway table to the next level by making it yourself. Piece together a mirror you love, some elegant corbels, and a piece of wood to create a DIY console table. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also functional! With an entryway mantle, you can place your shoes and boots beneath it, allowing for maximum space. Your guests will be wowed the moment they walk into the door!

Entryway mantle
via Home by Ally

3. AN INDUSTRIAL DIY TO TRANSFORM YOUR STAIRCASE INTO THE ULTIMATE STORAGE SAVER.

Most entryways are taken up by staircases, leaving very little room for anything else. Take advantage of that wasted space and create a DIY mini storage room beneath the stairs. Even though this may be an industrial DIY, it is still a project to consider. Think about how much extra storage you will have after the expansion!

DIY Under the Stairs Space
via Joat London

4. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WITH A DIY COAT RACK.

You can create a coat rack out of pretty much anything, even antlers! Keep it simple with this DIY pallet coat rack or try a DIY coat rack made out of an old headboard or antique skis. Clear your outerwear clutter from the entryway without throwing it into one of those plastic storage containers. Be proud of your new bag or coat, and hang it for everyone in your entryway to see!

Antler coat rack
via Camille Styles

5. KEEP THE CLUTTER TO A MINIMUM WITH THIS DIY CLOSET HACK.

You may be able to keep your entryway clean, but the real challenge is managing a messy entryway closet. This is where coats, shoes, gloves, and hats from every member of the family seem to wind up. Keep your closet clutter-free with this DIY shelving unit, which can be tailored to whatever size your space is. With an array of shelves, baskets, and hanging space, it will be impossible to let those jackets and tennis shoes pile up!

DIY shelves for closet
via Take the Side Street

6. BE READY FOR RAIN OR SHINE WITH THIS CHIC DIY UMBRELLA HOLDER.

Never know where to place your soaking wet umbrella after a rainy day? Create a DIY umbrella stand with an old metal flower pot and some paint. By using an oil-based enamel paint and a galvanized metal bucket, you can create the perfect place to store your umbrellas, rain or shine.

Bucket Umbrella
via Martha Stewart

7. A DIY STORAGE LOCKER FOR THE KIDS.

Let’s face it, kids and the concept of cleaning have a hard time getting along. Help them help you by giving them their own luxurious locker! This will give your children a sense of ownership, thus making it much easier to have them clean up after themselves. With their own lockers, the kiddos will keep the mess inside their cubby and not for the rest of the house to see.

White storage locker
via Chalkboard Blue

8. USE A DIY MAIL SYSTEM TO KEEP THE CLUTTER AWAY FROM THE ENTRYWAY TABLE.

In today’s digital age, mail is becoming more and more obsolete, but somehow we still receive all types of mail and flyers every single day. Make the way you sort your mail easier with this DIY file organizer or this DIY window shutter hack. Never miss a bill by separating coupons, personal letters, and junk mail into their own section. From there, decide what should be saved and what can be shredded.

Mail Organizer
via Her Tool Belt

9. WHEN IN DOUBT, USE A BASKET.

Baskets are the king of clutter management. Table tops, closets, and floors can be cleared in a flash with a great decorative basket. You can leave them open to show off your stuff or use this DIY basket lid tutorial to hide your clutter from guests. Baskets are a great start to decluttering your entryway, and are affordable at any local home goods store.

diy basket lid in entryway
via 86 Lemons

10. NEVER TRIP OVER A PILE OF SHOES AGAIN WITH THIS DIY SHOE STORAGE HACK.

The culprits of a cluttered entryway are always shoes. No matter how many times you put them away, they’re back in a flash with a pile of their friends. Take control of your shoe clutter by taking matters into your own hands. If you have an entryway bench, utilize the storage space by building DIY drawer dividers that will be perfect holders for all of your shoes. If you have an ottoman, you can turn that into a storage saver with this DIY shoe storage ottoman tutorial.

shoe bench
via Midwest Living

At first glance, the entryway may seem like a place only meant for coats and shoes. However, once you apply these DIY hacks to your home, your entryway will go from a mess to the best room in the house!

What are some of your DIY entryway hacks? Let us know in the comments below!

All images have either been provided by a listed organization or are licensed under the Creative Commons.

How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

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By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com

Storage.com is an advocate of a cleaner home, whether through helpful tips for tackling clutter or the use of a storage unit.

Whether you’re in a three-bedroom home or a studio apartment, chances are you have clutter. Spare rooms often become dumping grounds for unused items. Countertops become havens for receipts, magazines, mail, and other items that should be filed away. And, of course, there’s that hallway closet that’s filled to the brim—the one you’re too scared to open after you were barely able to get it shut the last time.

While getting rid of trash is easy when decluttering, it’s much harder to get rid of items that you don’t need around the house every day but still want to keep. Think old family photos, financial documents, Christmas decorations, and the bike you ride to and from work when the weather allows. Rather than stressing about ditching these belongings or finding a larger home, you can rent a self storage unit.

Renting a storage unit is a great solution for keeping all of your belongings while getting the most use out of your square footage. But before you go running off to the nearest facility with a 10×10 available, follow these steps for using self storage to declutter your home.

Take Inventory

How do you determine what needs to go into self storage? That’s easy. Create an inventory of the non-essential items taking up space in your home. The best way to take inventory of these items is to separate them into four categories: records, keepsakes, seasonal, and junk.

Records

Records would be things like financial documents (taxes, investments, credit card statements, loans, etc.) and home or vehicle documents (mortgage files, insurance policies, appliance manuals, etc.).

As for how long you should keep records, each document has its own “keep” period. For example: Taxes should be kept up to seven years whereas bank statements should only be kept for a year. Any record that’s past its recommended keep period should be shredded and/or thrown away.

Keepsakes

Keepsakes include more personal items, such as photo albums, family heirlooms, collectibles, antiques, and furniture that you may use later down the road. While you might not use these items every day (or even every month), they’re belongings you want to keep for sentimental or personal value.

Seasonal

Seasonal items can include winter and summer clothing, holiday decorations, lawn equipment, boats and ATVs, and sporting gear. These are usually the possessions you keep in closets, garages, attics, or basements when they’re not in use.

Junk

Junk is whatever you have left. This includes broken items, belongings you never use, things you don’t have a place for, and possessions that have no personal value. Either discard, sell, or donate these items.

Find Your Storage Unit

Once you’ve taken inventory of your clutter, it’s time to find a storage unit for the items you want to keep. This means finding the best storage facility, unit size, and storage features for your needs.

The Facility

If the items you’re storing are things you’ll need on a regular basis, such as a bike, then it may be best to find a storage facility near your home. However, if you’re only storing Christmas lights and the inflatable Santa collection you use from November to January, the location of your storage facility isn’t as important since you won’t need to pick up and drop off these items frequently.

The Features

Each facility has different storage amenities available, which is why it’s important to determine what items you’re storing before finding a facility. For instance, if you plan to store wooden furniture, which can crack in extremely cold environments and warp in hot, humid environments, you’ll want a storage facility that has climate-controlled storage units. If you’re storing expensive or personal items, such as jewelry, wine collections, or family heirlooms, you’ll want a storage facility with good security.

The Unit

As far as storage unit size goes, a 5×5 or 5×10 is what most people use to declutter their homes. These units are roughly the size of a walk-in closet and can hold a mattress set, small furniture, and a few boxes. If you need to store multiple large items—like a sofa and armchair, bed frames, and some boxes—a 10×10 would be better. This unit size can typically hold the contents of two full bedrooms.

If you plan to store a recreational vehicle that you only use when the weather’s nice, such as a motorcycle, ATV, or boat, ask the facility about vehicle storage options. Some facilities will have indoor spaces from sizes 10×15 and up; others will have outdoor or covered parking stalls.

Move In and Check In

After you’ve found your unit, it’s simple. You just move in!

Though, one thing many self storage users don’t consider is whether they need to visit their storage unit after moving everything in. This is especially true of people who don’t need to frequently swing by the facility and grab items. Nevertheless, it’s important to regularly check in on your storage unit to make sure your belongings are still in good condition. A good guideline would be every two to three months.

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    I think that cleaning up the house actually isn’t all that bad if you are able to stay focused! In fact, getting your storage organized and neat can really be quite therapeutic, as will the clean space when you finally see it when you’re done throwing out the junk and nonsense!

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