If there’s one thing that I can’t stand it’s an unorganized cluttered mess.
It drives me up the wall.
I crave organization. I need things to be organized for my sanity.
Organization helps everyone to have full confidence that whatever they are looking for is in its designated spot. My children know where things go without having to be told every time we clean up.
Organization helps my children have independence in their daily chores. They already know where things go and can get to them easily.
Then I am free not to loose my cool because nobody can find their things or with needing me to intervene every 5 seconds.
As we had more children and as they have aged, one area in our home that was getting out of control became was our front door entryway.
Shoes were everywhere. Coats tossed on the floor, barely landing in the closet. Hats, gloves, and scarves randomly tossed into the closet aka the dark pit.
When it was time to leave no one could find anything. Tension rose too quickly. Little people were crying and whining, you catch my drift.
Shoes grew legs and went missing.
Coats were dirty from being underneath someone’s wet shoes.
Whose hat and gloves are these anyways? All their hands are tiny!
With 10 feet in our house needing shoes and 6 hands needing gloves, I couldn’t take the chaos any longer and set out to find a frugal yet useful answer to my dilemma.
Useful was key. I didn’t want an answer that would used for 2.5 seconds and be tossed to the side for convenience.
I found this amazing shoe rack that has been a life saver! A sanity saver really.
Now it’s not any shoe rack. What I love about it was that they were shelves and not rods. Why?
Because on the top shelf I could then add buckets for each of my children to hold all of their possessions.
Each bucket is big enough to hold their coat for whatever season we are in. It holds their hats and gloves during the winter months along with the coats. In the summer, they hold their baseball caps and sunglasses. Everyone knows which bucket is theirs so they can be responsible for putting away their own stuff.
The second shelf is for their sneakers because they need more room. Then on the floor underneath they are able to fit their flat flip flops or sandals. So my kids can choose whichever shoe that they need for the weather or activity without having to go to the coat closet. usually creating a big mess searching for the correct shoes.
This method has transformed the hassle and cluttered mess of the front door scenes above.
Everyone can independently find their stuff and put them a way without intervention from Mama.
The best part? No hooks on the wall that could be pulled down from their constant yanking. And yes, we have had that happen before. Now we have a hole in the wall but I won’t show you that picture. 🙂
So if your family is struggling with the same fiasco we were and your mama heart craves organization like mine does, grab one of these shelves and buckets (from the dollar bin or dollar store!). They aren’t expensive and have held up to a winter without the wood being waterlogged.
It’s a great investment and sanity saver!
Your turn! How do you solve the front door fiasco at your house?
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