We moved into our new build home about ten months ago and I’m really happy with how it’s coming together. We stuck with the white walls and haven’t made any major changes, it’s just been about getting the right furniture and styling the rooms. We’ve gone for a mid century modern kind of vibe, something that I’m currently writing about, so keep an eye out for it. One area of the house I am struggling with, however, is the hallway. It has ended up just being a dumping ground for shoes and bags and a coat stand groaning under the weight of too many coats and jackets. It’s time for a rethink and a change, here’s my inspiration for a stylish hallway that works for a busy family.
As I mentioned before I’m keen on mid century modern and minimalistic styling, well the minimalism is something I’m aiming for with a family that is rather keen on mess and a more maximal approach. We are a busy family of four, we have school bags, huge swimming kit bags, football boots, I could go on and on. I hate it when I open the front door only to be faced with mess, piles of books, bags, shoes and all sorts of odds and ends that have been dumped in the hall. It’s not a great way to greet guests either. I see so many beautifully styled interiors photos but often I’m left wondering where they actually put all their stuff! I don’t just want a beautiful hallway, it has to be one that works hard for us too.
Before I start working on styling and sourcing what I need I’m finding a place for everything to live, creating tidier habits and making sure that everyone is on board with the new regime. No more kicking off your shoes and dumping your coat and bag where you stand! This has got me thinking of ways to reduce the clutter and be more organised as a family. So that when I put in the changes and style the space I want we already have good habits formed so it won’t just continue to be a dumping ground, albeit a more stylish one!
We have a large downstairs loo so I’ve moved our shoe rack into there so it’s a better use of the space and keeps it hidden! No more tripping over shoes left by the front door. I’ve also given the kids underbed storage for the shoes they don’t need every day access to. My shoes are in my wardrobe upstairs, only my trainers stay downstairs. This means that rack fits the shoes we have and it doesn’t just become another pile of stuff.
The groaning coat stand will be the next to go! As with the shoes I want to encourage the family to keep their jackets and coats in their rooms and only have their everyday coats downstairs, giving space for guests and making the hallway look a lot less cluttered. School bags go straight upstairs and hung up their, swimming and gym kits live under the stairs. Keys and post live in the kitchen and important letters and notices from school and clubs get pinned to the kitchen notice board.
With new habits being formed, slowly but surely I can now think about the best bit, style. I’d love to have a bench with the coat hooks above it and on the opposite wall a full length mirror. Here’s my inspiration..
I love the simplicity of it and would love to recreate something similar in my hallway. I’ve had a little shop around and put this together for ideas. I’ll also be trawling Ebay and Homesense too.
I think a few more weeks of the new clutter free regime and we’ll be ready for the hall way revamp. Of course I’ll be sharing it with you here when I’ve finished.
How do you organise your hallway, got any organisation tips or must haves?
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