Most newer homes are built with elaborate main-entries, with an area for shoes and coats to be placed out of the way. Some homes do not have that kind of space, but may have a coat closet to the side. Our home was built all the way back in 1890. It is a Victorian Farmhouse, and it is huge and unique, but lacks in some areas where I need function. Our main entrance is at the front of the house, but our drive-way, lands us to the side entrance. This is where it originally led to the Carriage-house. (which is still up and functions as a workshop.)
The side entry is where we mostly come-and-go. It is a long, and narrow hall, with a walk-in coat closet at the door. There was absolutely no way that this was going to work for us, with six kids, each using at least 2 pairs of shoes, that would be..a lot of shoes; 12 pairs–more than that, at times. Not to mention–winter outerwear. The coat closet was a must, but it had a door and was inconvenient to use.
I asked my Husband to remove the door, and paint the inside of the closet..He did. He also filled the trim, where the old hinges were, so there is no evidence that there once was a door there. It works perfectly for us, and I am glad we did it. It wasn’t a lot of work, and didn’t take long–I don’t recall getting a headache from it, so it goes down as one of my non-traumatic re-do’s. Since this is the main door all the kids come in and out from, it was a must, and was worth it.
I use a decorative metal container for all the hats and gloves. I have a bar stool in the corner, so the kids can hop up on it for me to help with shoes. A must-have for my family, is the little bucket on the shelf with the shoes, always stocked with clean socks–where there are shoes, I believe there should be socks. I can’t tell you the number of times, we have had to wait at the door for someone to run all the way upstairs for a pair of socks. For socks– for crying out loud! Time is too precious to be waiting around for socks. I say, just keep them in a cute bucket in the mudroom.
“She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 27