Mornings can be one of the most stressful times of day: especially during the fall season. When you wake up, it’s ultimately a race against the clock to get yourself ready, out the door, and on the way to work. If you add children to the mix, it only becomes that much more difficult.
While you may not be able to control things like inclement weather or failing alarms, you can control your exit. Having an organized entryway makes finding keys, your bag, and other outdoor necessities that much easier. Handyman Matters has a few tips to making your mornings more manageable.
- Key Hooks
How many times have you been late for a meeting or appointment because you couldn’t find your keys? Having a place in your home for smaller necessities is a simple way to get out the door quickly. Try this rustic, key hook from Pottery Barn.
- Coat Rack
Why not put your most frequented jacket, next to your keys, on a coat rack? It will fight wrinkles and save time. There are a few options for doing this. You could install chic, individual hooks, a cabinet system , a bench/coat fixture, or just a classic coat rack.
- Place for your Bag
Backpacks, bags, and purses can be trickier to organize. It has a lot to do with the weight of the bags in question. If your bag typical houses books, notebooks, walking shoes, tools, bricks, etc. you should consider using a shelf or a cubby instead of a hook to store it. The reason for this is – shelves distribute weight more effectively; whereas hooks, especially when they aren’t anchored, tend to eventually fall off the wall. Cubbies are the easiest. You can stack them, or place them under a bench, without having to worry about weight limits.
Benches are great for shoes. You can sit on them while you put on your shoes, and store your shoes under them. Hollow benches double as storage areas for outdoor equipment and toys. If you don’t have the extra room in your entryway for a bench, consider turning a coat closet into an organized alcove (like this!). Once you remove the doors, a bench and some shelves is all you need.
Mounting mail slots on your wall is a great way to sort and organize letters among your family members. It also functions as a reminder for those unpaid bills because in that high-traffic, visible area.
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