Having a serene home starts at the entrance, right? Not so much for my family as we were functioning (barely) without any type of organization at all at our front door. With the winter in full swing here in the MidWest, I decided it was indeed time for a small makeover. True to my form, we were on a budget and so ended up doing a very small (money-wise) entryway organization overhaul. If you are looking for a change in your entry way, but need to do it on a budget, this post is for you!
There are so many ways to be frugal or responsible with your finances. Heck, you could just not organize your space. That would be free. Here at Mama B’s, I want you to be inspired by your space, but I also encourage you to do so on a budget. Sometimes that means a lot of DIY, scouring the buy/sell/trade spots on the inter web. We did a little of both with this project and ended up spending just over $100. It didn’t hurt that we received some wood for free and had a few items already. Who knows, maybe you do too!
I don’t know about you, but shoes tend to just pile up by the door. While Little Mister only owns about 3 pairs of shoes each season, Mister Hubster owns many more and they tend to accumulate. That was a huge factor in us making the bench. It has under seat storage which is not so narrow that it can only fit a few shoes like our old bench. We also have an old wood box beside the bench for the smaller shoes of Little Mister.
For this incredibly wet season, we have a boot tray by the door to help keep the boots from the rug. This small change has helped tremendously with feeling like all of our items have a space.
We had a hand-me-down bench that did the job, but was just too small for size 11 shoes. That meant that shoes ended up everywhere, not just in the shoe storage area. I love the farmhouse decor look, but tend to not buy it because it can be so darn expensive (one reason I love estate sales!). When we decided to build a bench, I knew it had to be a mix of white and stained wood. It really helped that my father had given us this gorgeous ripped wood a few years back (free!!!!). It was enough for 2 shelves and our bench seat!
The design was all my hubsters plan. I looked through Pinterest for ideas and stumbled on a couple that I really loved. He ended up bringing these two designs together for our own farmhouse bench. Our inspiration was thanks to Ana White and The Creative Mom. The total cost of the bench was about $20 but only because we had free wood. You could do the bench for about $35 total using 2×4’s for the top though.
Baskets…the essential piece
While coat hooks are really needed in the winter, shelves (and baskets) can be used year round. Instead of items just being tossed onto the entryway table, items can be placed into the basket that is their own designated spot. Again, the shelf was made from free wood from my father. I did end up buying lacquer and stain ($20) for this project as mine had dried up. After sanding, staining, and putting a few coats of lacquer on the shelf, it was ready to be hung. These brackets were $15 for 4 (I also put a shelf in my office) so very cheap. You can buy cheaper or more expensive ones depending on the look you want.
The baskets could have been the budget breaker, really. Have you seen the cost of baskets lately? They are super pricey and not even ethically made. No thanks! It took me a while to find them, but I happened upon these three matching baskets at a furniture resell shop for $10! For all of them! It really does pay to wait sometimes.
Hooks, hooks, and more hooks!
Is it just me or do you hate to move items from hook to hook to find your keys? Yeah, that was us. We had a small coat hook that had 4 hooks. And it was FULL! I had this key rack that I had upcycled from a dresser drawer front. The plan was to sell it, but I really liked it once it was done. The key hook was from Hobby Lobby with a 50% off sale for just $7. So now, we have a separate hook area for keys and dog leashes and one for coats.
The coat hooks were bought about 4 years ago from a little boutique where we lived in Washington. We had 5 cats at the time, so naturally, we bought 5 cat hooks. ? I painted a piece of 1×4 and the hubby screwed on the hooks. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy (as my son would say). You can find similar hooks here or you can really just get some cheap hooks that will do the same job at your local hardware shop or at Amazon (like the ones in the Amazon picture above).
The key to organization
When you are wanting to make a change to your home, first, think about how you use the space. What are the problem areas in the space? Is it a catch-all? Why? That was a big problem with our entryway (see evidence below). Our table became a catchall and the stair case rail did too. I knew that the solution would alleviate these problem areas. Organization will not solve the problem of too much stuff. You will just simply have organized overflow. Minimize what you have first, then organize it in such a way that you utilize the space better.
Although the entryway organization and makeover was an easy job, I regret to say that it took me too long to get around to it. Seriously, after staining and painting, the actual putting together and putting up only took a few hours. The best part is that it was a super cost efficient project. With the total cost of our entryway makeover coming in at just a few dollars short of $100, this is a project that almost anyone can do. I feel so much better walking into my home now!
What is the one problem area in your home that catches clutter or makes you feel frustrated?