(Closed) My entryway is cluttered!! I need suggestions!

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
709 posts
Busy bee

i guess you’d need more storage? 

looks like you could buy / build a bigger shoe cabinet thing than the one you currently have; 

if you don’t want to see the shoes, buy some shoe closet that lets you hide them, like either a cheap version http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50242737/ (or of course a more expensive version of that concept)

Post # 3
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We have a long set of cedar shoe racks against the wall in out bedroom with toppers so that they can be used as a side table or cat lounge



It looks and smells nice and doesn’t take up too much space

Post # 4
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

sarahalthea:  we have a few shoe storage ottomans and put tea bags in there to absorb the moisture  and smell. 

Post # 5
46653 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Use al the space you have. Instead of that tiny little shoe rack, get one as close as possible to the length of that wall (leaving room for the door to open)and as tall as you can find. In small spaces you have to use all the vertical space you have.

You can get one with doors that is aerated so the shoes are out of sight but still has lots of good air flow. You can leave the hooks on the wall behind the door  and put more hooks on the side of the cabinet to hang coats.

Sort out all the staff you have in the unit on the other side. If it sticks out, it doesn’t belong there. Can you go taller on that wall?

You have a bit of unused space between the door and the storage unit. A narrow bench with enclosed storage would give you a place to sit down to put on boots etc and provide  bit more storage.

Post # 6
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Do you honestly wear all the shoes?  I’d start by removing the ones you don’t wear, and then get that longer cedar thing.  Good luck.

Post # 7
8668 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I feel your pain. We have even less space in our entryway and it sucks (and yes, I wear all the shoes that are in it). It looks like you have room for a larger shoe rack, so I’d just go that route for now. Ikea has some that are good for narrow spaces, and bolt to the wall.


Post # 8
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I keep my shoes in my closet and they aren’t any stinkier than those that get left by the door! I also keep a lot of shoes in sliding bins under the bed – do you have space there?

Post # 9
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014


Problem solved. 

I would get rid of the table on the right and use that area for a long bench or two side by side with a shoe rack underneath so you have seating and clean lines above the shoe craziness below, then use hooks above for coats and bags. 

On the side you have the shoe rack now, I would put a slim little catch-all table where you can leave keys, mail, etc. 

Also, too much stuff. 

Post # 11
2078 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013


You can get 2 of these cabinets and put them side by side for extra storage.  It looks like you have the length for it.  I have one in my hallway and put a bowl on top for little things like keys/sunglasses.   As for the desk on the right, I would get baskets for the open shelves below and try to make all the ‘extras’ hidden in there.  This will bring a more cohesive, simpler look.  Also a new larger floor mat will look more structured than the tiny one you have. 

Surely some of those jackets can be moved to a closet? 

Post # 12
3037 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Like others have said, ikea shoe cabinets! They’re tall and thin and looks like they’d actually free up some space compared to the current shoe storage you’re using. Get as many as you need!

For things like your yoga mat and umbrellas, maybe get a nice tall basket to set them in. Something along the lines of this… http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40252449/ 

Can you put up dedicated hooks for the purse and backpack? 

Looks like you might also need to move some coats out… only store the one you’ve most recently used. Or look into getting a wardrobe you can hang them in near the door. Or maybe even a coat tree would help them look less cluttered. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60258087/ 

Post # 13
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

coffeedrinker:  Buy a cheap ikea bookshelf and to turn into a larger storage space like so:

You could also install some molding and hooks to hang up some misc. stuff like so:

Post # 14
3037 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I also like the bench/storage idea someone else mentioned for where the table is. Do something along the lines of this: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/d5/fa/1b/d5fa1b80784d2687120c6feb8c1cd2f3.jpg which I beleive was made using ikea bookcases. They have closed-door (or doors with half windows) bookcase options now which will help you hide some clutter! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29885368/ 

Post # 15
2698 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Put some moth balls in the closet and throw the shoes in there I say… lol

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