entryway organizing tips

Entryway organizing is essential if you want to eliminate backpack, shoe, and sports equipment clutter and make quick school-morning exits a snap. 

Most of us enter out homes through the garage. That's one reason why it's so junky.

At the back door, we kick off our muddy shoes, throw down the umbrella, and toss in the ball we found outside the garage door.

Entryway organizing starts with creating a user friendly area in the garage for these and all the other accoutrements of family life.

Easy Entryway Organizing Tips

Whatever the season, we always need something. In the winter, it's gloves, hats and scarves. In the summer, it's sunglasses, raincoats, and hats.

Creating places in the entryway to store items you bring in daily is key to finding them the next morning.

Organizing Accessories

Give each member of the family a small basket or bin to store the items that they always seem to need as they go out the door. No more running back inside to track it down at the last minute.

Organizing Backpacks

Those poor kids lug home monstrous backpacks and, of course, they cannot possibly take them all the way to their bedrooms, now can they? 

If the answer is no, find a temporary holding place for the backpacks in the garage. They're in the way inside, anyway. Options include:

  • Bins:  Put big plastic bins of different colors near the door to capture backpacks. Assign one color for each kid.
  • Hooks:  Sturdy - very sturdy - hooks on the way are another good alternative. 
  • Shelves:  Keep 'em low and make sure they're deep enough to fit the whole massive backpack.

Organizing Coats

We all have one favorite coat that we wear day in and day out each season. This garment never sees the inside of the closet because it's always at the ready.

Hang favorite coats and rain gear on hooks near the kitchen door, or wherever your usual departure spot it.

Organizing Sports Gear

Busy families need lots of stuff: saxophones, tennis rackets, swim goggles, etc. And they need a place to stash it until they need it again.

You do not want this stuff sitting by the back door for little ones to trip over.

Ideally, the kids would walk over to the pegboard wall that's there just for this purpose and hang the tennis rackets on the appropriate peg; then they would walk over to the bin that's there just for balls and insert the soccer ball.

And yes, that is something to strive for. 

But when they are going to be using the tennis racket again the next day, that might not happen. They're human.

Avoid conflict and crashes and give them each a bin or space on the shelf that's just for their stuff. Consider making the space big enough for their backpacks, too.

Tell your kids that they have to empty the bin or shelf once a week. But they do have that week's grace period.  And Mom won't even look to see what's there. 


Bikes are so big and they tip over so easily they require extra thought. I have a rule that bikes always go in their prescribed "parking places."

A friend of mine actually marked parking lines on the floor of her garage so her kids know exactly where to put their bikes. My friend never has to gt out of her car just to move a bike an inch.

Another friend had her husband install one of those cool racks that suspend cycles from the ceiling.

 This is the perfect solution for occasional riders. 

Organizing Ideas for Shoes

Many families have a no-shoes-inside policy. Most families have a no-muddy-shoes inside policy. That means a lot of shoes piled beside the door. Here are some alternative places to put them. The good news is they won't be piling up in your closet or sullying your carpet or rug.

  • Basket: If you have a small family and need a place for only a few shoes, just have a basket by the door.
  • Shelving: If you have a lot of different kinds of shoes (especially athletic shoes with cleats or riding boots) of awkward sizes or a bigger family, just designate certain shelves for shoes
  • Add a bench so little ones can sit down while they take off their shoes, or so you can have a seat while you take off your little one's shoes.
  • Shoe cubby: If you have a lot of shoes, invest in a closet shoe cubby to organize and store them all. Or try a shoe rack.

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