Molly Graves and Ashley Murphy, cofounders of the Neat Method, offer their tips for creating an ultrafunctional entryway.

By Real Simple
Updated September 26, 2017
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1
Personal Space

Assign each family member a hook or basket for their belongings. When their spot is filled up, that’s their cue it’s time to clear out some things.

2
A Place for Essentials

Since this is the first point of contact with the home, designate a spot, such as a shelf, for keys and mail to land. Keep a bin nearby with grab-and-go items like umbrellas for rainy days or flashlights for nighttime dog walks.

3
Drop Zones

Short on space in your entryway? Under the wall hooks for coats and bags, place a sturdy bench, hamper, or cubby shelf to corral shoes (and eliminate the tripping hazard).

To buy: Seagrass Basket, from $88; serenaandlily.com. ClosetMaid 15 cube organizer, $37; closetmaid.com.

4
Mailbox

Stash a recycling bin or basket near your entryway. That makes it easy to discard junk mail and prevent it from piling up in the kitchen or office.

5
Closet Cure

If you have an entry closet, opt for a single type of hanger to keep things streamlined. Choose a sturdy style that will hold up against heavier winter coats.

To buy: Superior acrylic coat hanger, $30; containerstore.com.