Most of us don’t have the space we’d like in our homes and the best way to make cramped rooms feel spacious is to sort out the storage. With the right solutions you can save time (you know where everything is); money (you won’t need to buy the things you may already have, but can’t find) and – best of all – with the clutter gone you’ll be able to see the true beauty of your interior. Read on to figure what are simple ways to make the most out of your small hallway.
How to Maximally Use Space in Hallway
Your hallway needs to make a great first impression, which means you have to create a place for everything that comes in and out each day. Coats, bags, scarves and hats, post, shoes and umbrellas – all of these need a home to prevent them cluttering up the space.
Don’t leave your post lying around – use a letter holder or rack to make sure it doesn’t get lost or forgotten. Use the different areas to sort the post as it arrives – for example, bills, personal letters or cards, and financial statements. Then make it a daily habit to open post, discard what you don’t need and deal with the rest.
A narrow box bench in the hall is the perfect dual-purpose piece of furniture. As well as providing somewhere to sit and take off your shoes, a lift-up seat offers you storage space for anything from a picnic blanket to walking boots. Hooks attached to the inside of the lid are a clever place to hide spare keys.
Buy a set of matching boxes or baskets and slide them onto the bottom shelf of a console table, where they’ll be easily accessible yet out of the way. Allocate a basket to each member of the family so that everyone has their own place to keep all the little essentials that come in and out of the house.
Don’t let wet umbrellas drip rainwater all over coats, bags and the hallway floor. A separate umbrella stand will sort them out in a flash. You don’t have to buy a custom-made version either. It’s easy to add some personality to your hall by recycling tall, striking containers or even a florist’s bucket.
Finding a place to keep keys safely is essential to good home security, as well as making life run more smoothly. Separate out your keys so you don’t carry around a huge bunch all day. Hang your keys for around the home on a rack so that all the family members have easy access to them. For security reasons, you may not want to label them, so tying ribbons around the keys is an easy way of color-coding them. Hooks on the bottom of the mirror are a great idea, but make sure they’re sited well away from the front door as thieves sometimes use tools to reach keys through the letterbox. Locking keys in place in a purpose-built holder gets round the problem.
To avoid the mess done by a bunch of shoes, buy a shoe rack. Depending on the number of people living in the house and the amount of available space, you can buy either an open rack or a wooden cupboard with special opening doors. Keep in mind that metallic shoe racks are easier to clean than the wooden ones.