Your relationship with your home begins at the front door. This means that you need to put a concerted effort into making it work for you. If you’re unsure where to place your keys, shoes and oddments once you arrive home, or you’ve dreamed of making an impression with guests as they enter your dwelling, then start with the entryway.

If you struggle with restructuring space, specifically with the area just after your front door, try these ideas to create a functional entryway.

Discover and create unusual spots for essential pieces

Think of where the shoes, coats and keys would best suit you. These items don’t often stay with us when we enter the house, so they need a set place to sit. Instead of bulking up in the lounge or kitchen, the easiest approach to creating a space for these items is to showcase them.

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Whether it’s a couple of hooks or a narrow coat rack, create functional items that will hold your things as well as save you time during your morning rush to work. Hooks act as a convenient spot for bags and keys, and guest’s belongings too.

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Get organised in a creative way

You can tidy up the entryway by concealing the messy piles. Put the rain boots, umbrellas and scarves in boxes and baskets. Pay attention to details: use a floating shelf as a home for knick-knacks and mail, and add mirrors to the space to avoid embarrassing makeup smudges or ‘hey, you have something in your teeth’.

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Personalise the space

Dress up your entryway with something special, as well as something practical. A chair or bench can act as another storage space or an area to sit down when waiting for your partner to add the finishing touches to their look. Add a recent birthday card or collection of art to warm the heart and lift the mood as you arrive back home, or a bowl of sweets to pick at on entry or exit. Friends and guests will be delighted by hints of your unique style and character.