How do I organize my entryway?


I am a cleanliness freak! We have a no-shoes in home policy and all of our family can very well handle that.. except that our new home has zero entryway space. The front door, stairs to upstairs and the garage door open at the same exact spot. Can anyone give me ideas on how to tackle shoes in that space without tripping on them when we enter? I was thinking of entering through the back of house, going around the house to the back, building a beautiful pathway.. Please do let me know if any of you think is an odd/ awkward solution to my problem. Thanks so much in advance for taking time to read my question. πŸ™πŸ»

q how do i organize my entryway
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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 03, 2021


    Fit a wall Rack for them. or a closed bench storage under Entry Window?

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    • Susan K Susan K on Jun 07, 2021

      It looks like you have a very narrow space next to the stairs. I’d put a bench there with shoe/backpack storage there.

  • I think a bench with storage underneath would be the best solution - a place to store shoes and a place to sit when taking them off or putting them on.

    • Mona Mona on Jun 03, 2021

      Hi! Thanks for taking the time to answer me. I would have really loved that.. But there’s no space without it getting in the way of entering into the living room 😭. This entry way opens to a foyer to living room.

  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on Jun 03, 2021

    Without knowing the dimensions of the area I would suggest opening the wall under the stairs for a cubby to hold shoes. Most families enter their home from the back door or garage. You probably do not want your guests who enter thru the front entry to immediately remove their shoes. You can have shoe covers available for them.

    • Mona Mona on Jun 03, 2021

      Hi! Thanks for taking the time to answer.. I could definitely do that.. shoe covers for guests.. Thanks for the idea πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ»

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 03, 2021

    Take a look here at these wall mounted shoe racks:

    As an alternative, is the a side or back entryway that is available for entry with a shoe storage area? Probably not the most convenient, just a thought.

    • Mona Mona on Jun 03, 2021

      Hi! Thanks for taking the time to answer my question πŸ™πŸ» Ours is a newly constructed home and we are not able to make a lot of changes to the home at the moment. I like the idea of back entry.. Would it be really odd if we walk around the house to enter through the back of the house instead of the front? Could we make an attractive walkway to back yard? I definitely have more room at the back..

  • Julie M. Julie M. on Jun 03, 2021

    There are so many great hacks for the narrow Ikea Stall shoe storage cabinets. Maybe one would fit in that small hallway to the right[]=ikea%7Cautocomplete%7C2&term_meta[]=stall%7Cautocomplete%7C2&term_meta[]=hacks%7Cautocomplete%7C2

    • Mona Mona on Jun 04, 2021

      Hi! Thanks for taking the time to answer and share this.. All I have is a sleek corner 😭 Not even a wall 😒

    • Mona Mona on Jun 04, 2021

      Hi! Thanks for sharing this.. I want this in my dream home πŸ˜‡

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 03, 2021

    Consider putting a seating area with shoe storage in the garage, just to the side of the door opening. If not, at least a place to sit & then carry your shoes in. When I was growing up, we were required by my mother to enter through the laundry room where we took our shoes off & carried them to our room. She kept a few cleaning supplies in case they were dirty near the washing machine.

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    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 23, 2021

      I just visited my daughter's house and she bought a hall tree that is really cool. It is just wide enough for 1 person to sit comfortably. Above seating area it has hooks that you can use for masks, keys, hats, and such. Beneath there are shelves to put shoes. It takes up very little room. I'm sure she bought it on Amazon.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 03, 2021

    Wow this almost sounds like a text from me. I am also a clean freak with no entry way and a no shoes policy inside.

    Since we didn't have an entry I sort of made one to save my sanity.

    Used a couch to divide the front room space into sections. Then added a umbrella stand (really an old but tall vase I spray painted a burnt orange which is the accent color).

    Then added a coat rack. I didn't go for the sofa table because I know us well enough to realize the sofa table would have become a dumping ground for everything from keys to a mail deposit and everything inbetween.

    If you position your furniture correctly you should be able to make your own entry way. Good luck and be patient until you find exactly what works for you.

    • Mona Mona on Jun 04, 2021

      Gosh! I am so glad that you wrote this! I now feel atleast someone understands me πŸ˜ƒ. We are a small family of 3 and somehow manage our shoes... Always pick it up and put it in a sleek corner rack which has just 4 slots. Coz thats all the space there is.. Its the guests I am worried about.. Like where so they leave their shoes ( considering my requirement that it doesn’t go beyond the front door) 😬 I wish for the freedom to take off shoes and not worry about it for us as well as for guests.. Is backyard entry an absurd thing to do?

  • William William on Jun 03, 2021

    How about an open bottom bench in the foyer along the stairs.

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    • Mona Mona on Jun 06, 2021

      Thank you so much! πŸ€—

  • Dee Dee on Jun 04, 2021

    I hate to say this but I am the same way. I finally added a very small bench in the entryway, where I could put shoes underneath. But my ultimate solution was to use the back door and take shoes off outside.

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    • Mona Mona on Jun 06, 2021

      Ahh! Our garage is attached though its so messy πŸ˜† I would rather use the back door πŸ˜‚ for everyone πŸ˜ƒ