Saving Time At Home

Saving Time At Home

Cut down on chores and leave more time for relaxing!

Keeping Your Porch Or Hallway Tidy

It’s amazing how quickly the entrance to your home can become cluttered and untidy – especially if you have kids. In no time at all, you can have a pile of shoes, boots, hats and bags that you have to step over to get in – and search through to find your outdoor gear when you’re heading out.

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It’s even worse in the winter when a lot of those coats and hats are wet. And of course, it’s the first impression that any visitors to your house get when they come to call. However, it’s not that difficult to make improvements. It doesn’t take much time or money to give the entry to your home a quick makeover and make things a bit more ship shape.

coat rack with namesCoat And Hat Racks

One of the first, and easiest things to do is to put up a hat and coat rack. These will make a difference in even the smallest porch or hallway. You can choose different numbers of hooks according to how much space you have available and how many people there are in your home.

If you have kids, or if you just want to be really organised, you can add names above the hooks. you can just stick labels on – or you can choose a rack with mini slates above the hooks and write the names on that way if you like.

These only need a couple of screws to hold them on the wall. Before you know it, your coats, hats, satchels and bags will be neatly stored. Your hallway will look so much neater for anyone coming into your house – and when you’re going out, you’ll be able to find the right coat, hat, bag etc.

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If you really want to maximize the use of the available space, get a rack which incorporates a shelf, and maybe some alcoves above it.

over door coat hangerThese only need a couple of screws to hold them on the wall. Before you know it, your coats, hats, satchels and bags will be neatly stored. Your hallway will look so much neater for anyone coming into your house – and when you’re going out, you’ll be able to find the right coat, hat, bag etc.

And if you don’t fancy drilling out your wall to take screws, choose one of the racks that just latches over the top of the door. Those require about 5 seconds to fit in place – and they’re nice and secure. They do the job just fine. These work great in bathrooms and bedrooms too!

small storage benchSeated Storage

If you have enough space, a small bench is a great idea in the hallway or porch. It can be a great place to sit and take your dirty, wet and muddy boots off before going into the house – and, if you choose the right design, it can also store shoes in a tidy manner and keep them out of sight.

There are endless colors and designs to choose from, so you should definitely get something to match your existing decor. In terms of size, you can get single seaters versions, two seaters and three seaters.

Your choice will just depend upon how much space you have available.

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Don’t forget, once your space is tidy and well organized, it will seem a lot larger than it really is, so it’s well worth “giving up” a little space to storage as the overall effect will definitely be an improvement.

These can also work well in children’s or teenagers’ bedrooms – but a little encouragement and perseverance may be required to see them used to their best effect.

small shoe rack for hall storageShoe Rack

If space is tight, or if you simply prefer a more minimalist approach, you might want to just go with a shoe rack. Some of these actually have shelves or benches on top, but others are straight shoe racks.

You may find that some of them suit your current decor a little better. Others make better use of vertical space. You can even get ones which can be hung over the back of the door, with absolutely minimal installation skills or time required.

Give a little thought to how you can best make use of the above items. Your porch or hallway will be looking beautiful in no time!

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