It’s almost our 2nd home anniversary, and only recently did I realize that we don’t have a proper mail organization system in place.
If there’s anything I hate and have always had issues dealing with ever since we had our own address, it would be sorting mail. I think mainly because it’s mostly junk and the important ones are so rare since almost all paperwork now are electronic. My biggest problem is to get rid of the names with addresses to avoid identity theft. As the junk keeps piling up, the less I want to deal with it.
Gabrielle Blair’s book Design Mom inspired me to finally address this issue, and more. Her concept of establishing a proper “functional entry is key to gracefully managing a home with kids”. It also acts as “eye contact, a firm handshake, and a heartfelt ‘Pleased to meet you’ to everyone who comes in, introducing you and your family in the best way possible.”
So I went ahead and did exactly that. I hope I gave it justice. 🙂
My husband has been requesting for a shoe rack in the entryway to keep all shoes/slippers at bay (especially from the little girl), and that was also covered in the book. My initial thoughts about keeping it bare before was to keep it feeling more spacious and prevent it from getting too busy or overly decorated. My husband approved what I came up with, so up on the wall it went.
Here are the items I checked off from Gabrielle’s entryway tips:
1. Aim for function + beauty
2. Shoe storage is your best friend
3. Use your walls
4. Gear up with baskets, buckets, and more
5. A place to sit, if only for a minute or two
6. Roll out the red carpet
7. Create a command center
8. Your first line of defense against paperwork
9. Throw it out before it comes in
10. Artwork: how your entry says hello
It’s a fun book, I totally recommend it.
My next project is the laundry in our garage, also getting inspos from Design Mom book.