The entryway has never really been my favourite part of the house. And since we had kids, it’s become a total mess. Because kids mean more shoes, coats, hats, and mittens. They also mean traveling gear – strollers, infant seats, baby carriers, diaper bags. It was all vying for room in our entryway. We had places for all the stuff, in theory, but it just wasn’t working. To prove my point I took some snapshots of our entryway a few days ago, in its typical state. If you are really interested, you can click on any of the photos for a larger view.
Basically, we just had too much stuff in a small space, so everything ended up in piles, and strewn across the floor. So we did what I always do in these situations, we headed to IKEA (By the way, is it IKEA or Ikea? I went with IKEA since that’s what they use in their catalogue, but I’m not really sure what would be the correct grammar).
I went to the Swedish superstore first and scouted out our options. I also tried lingonberries for the first time, yum! Because I drive a compact and travel with an infant strapped to me I brought Jon along on a separate trip to haul our new organization system home. We were fast, man, in and out in under 20 minutes. Back at home I set it up, because in our house I’m the one who builds the furniture. I am woman, hear me roar (… and also use a lot of bad words as I wrestle with dowels).
A few blisters and a couple of thrown allen keys later, and we had a lovely cubby system in our entryway. I think it’s a big improvement, and I’m very happy with it. I’ve even adorned the side with kid art to greet people as they enter our home.
There are some more shots of our brand new entryway here. Again, click on any photo for a larger view.