The space closest to your apartment door is integral to the flow of traffic and functionality within your living space – aside from your dog, it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door after a day at work and it’s the last thing you see before heading back out the door. Having an organized and efficient entryway makes your apartment life that much better.
- Add a surface An end table, a floating shelf, or a tv tray can all help provide a place to put things down (mail, keys, a drink, etc.) as you walk in the door. Adding a mail divider on your table surface will prevent it from getting too cluttered up with paper. Once your hands are free you can do the all-important coming home rituals, like petting the dog and collapsing on the couch.
- Add a seat The second component to the ideal entryway is something to sit on, and like the surface there are many different ways to accomplish this. A stool, a chair, a bench (with storage underneath, perhaps!), a pouf or ottoman, can all come in handy depending on the amount of space you have and look you’re going for. If you have a chair by the entryway, you can sit and put on your shoes, Mr. Rogers style, before heading out for the day.
- Decorate Simply because the space is utilitarian does not mean it can’t be attractive. Adding a framed picture and some decorative lighting to the space creates a good-looking nook. Go the extra mile by putting a small rug in front of your seat and some shoe storage nearby.