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Organize your entryway drop zone!

A warm, inviting entryway can instantly set the tone for the rest of your home. But more often than not, that little space by the door can feel more overwhelming than welcoming. With kids coming and going to school and activities, parents heading out to work or errands and pets waiting for their morning walk, it’s easy for everyday clutter to take over. But with just a few simple products and tricks, you can transform that messy entrance into a tidy drop zone!

Bench + bins

When it comes to home organization, storage bins are your best friends. Tucking two or three bins under a bench in your entryway lets you take advantage of out-of-the-way space while also giving guests a place to sit and take off their shoes or coats.

We love using Your Way™Cubes for this, especially for things like kids’ backpacks. Personalize a cube with each kid’s name so everyone has their own place to store school items. Or, use one bin for sports equipment, another for pet supplies and another for clean shoes. You can even add a lid so everything is hidden from sight!

Embrace wall space

You don’t need a big, built-in unit to create an organized drop zone – oftentimes it’s the littlest changes that make life a whole lot easier. To up the function of your entryway, try adding a hook near the door with a Felt Hanging Bin for a great catch-all for keys and wallets. Have a few drivers in the family? A few more hooks + personalized Felt Hanging Bins with everyone’s first initial make for a super-convenient grab and go station. 

And don’t forget, the entryway is the first space guests see and the last place you pass through whenever you head out, so add your own personality with custom décor! Our Statement Wall Art comes in lots of shapes, sizes and colours, and can be personalized with family photos, names, phrases and memories. Hanging a calendar or whiteboard for notes is also a great way to utilize wall space and keep track of the whole family.

Warm welcome

Cold weather inevitably brings scarves, mittens and soggy coats out to play. Coat hooks or a coat rack are a great way to keep outerwear organized – plus, hanging and air drying can help prevent mildew on damp fabric. For a fun twist, assign everyone in the family a hook and hang a Picture Perfect Ornament with their photo or name on it! This way kids have a designated space for snowy backpacks or coats and parents can hang jackets, purses and work bags. 

For smaller seasonal accessories like hats, scarves, gloves and mittens, opt for a personalized Felt Display Bin to corral those cold-weather must-haves.

Feeling inspired to do a mini makeover of your own? Share your Thirty-One drop zone transformations with us on social! Tag your before and after pictures with #thirtyone

Styles to try: Stand Tall Bin, Felt Storage Tote, Double Duty® Caddy