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When you live in an 8oo-square-foot apartment chances are you weren’t graced with a luscious entryway. We’d all love an expansive foyer laden with closets for storage and hiding unsightly items (boots, umbrellas, reusable grocery bags). But for most city-dwellers this is simply not a reality.
Don’t despair! There are plenty of creative ways to make use of space near or around your doorway.
1. Corner the Market
Got a spare corner to work with? Perfect. Designate the space with hooks and a small bench (if you can fit it). Keep a basket close by to toss mail, keys, and other odds and ends into. Tuck smaller hanging items closer to the corner to take full advantage of the space.
2. Ditch the Door
Removing a hallway closet’s doors may sound scary (but what if the world sees all my stuff?!) but think of it this way: it will totally motivate you to get rid of the shit you don’t actually use and keep that space lookin’ mighty fly. Paint the inside a bright white or a fun color and get some cute hooks for your coats. Bring in texture with some wicker baskets for storage and hang some simple floating shelves for a clean line.
3. Show Your Goods
Whoever said fashion isn’t art was clearly in some sort of drug-induced coma. Bags are a thing of beauty. Coats are like curtains. Hats are high art. Instead of hiding them in your closet adorn your home with them. Load your hallway’s walls up with hooks and then get to decorating! If you’d wear it on your body then why the hell wouldn’t you hang in on your wall? I love a bright pop of red from a winter wool coat or adding a cool textural layer with a summery straw hat. Got a designer bag? Just think how much more bang you’ll get for your buck when you also display it as art in your home! #bargain
4. Work that Backside
In my house the chances of finding a door without some sort of storage on the backside are slim to none. I love the idea of hanging a canvas shoe rack on the back and keeping mail, keys, gloves, and dog leashes tucked away neatly. Or hanging a letter sorter for mail and magazine storage. Or some sculptural hooks for your purse or scarf. Options = endless.
5. Mirror Mirror
Nothing opens up a space like a mirror. The benefits here are two-fold: 1) it will maximize the space by reflecting light and 2) it serves as a last-minute-lipstick-check before you walk out the door. Opening up your fake entryway whilst also ensuring you don’t leave the house with spinach in your teeth? Check, check.