I have so much to share today! It’s another ‘Favorite Things Friday’ so be sure to keep reading! You won’t want to miss my exciting feature for today! But first, see what I’ve been up to!
This post will eventually turn into a 4 part post, as my entryway is comprised of 4 organizational units- all different and used in different ways (and yes! Even in a small space!). Today I’m showing you our Entryway Cubby Hack!
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As with most of my Ikea Hacks, they are born out of necessity. By now you probably know my story of living over-seas and trying to make due with the space we are in. (You can see a few examples here and here). Needless to say, the issue didn’t stop in our foyer area. Friends, we have no mudroom. We have no garage. We don’t even have CLOSETS!! No, the Germans aren’t fond of built-ins. What to do? Create our own storage and ‘closets’, of course!
I’ll get to the other units in another post, but as for our boys organization, we needed something at their height level. We were tired of them not being responsible for hanging their own jackets (because the hangers were simply too high), them not putting away their own bags, and then them dumping shoes any and everywhere (because there was no precise ‘home’ for them). This cubby solved all of that.
How to create your own Entryway Cubby!
I started off with 2 of these Billy Bookcases. You could buy one of the wider ones, but I liked that two thinner ones put together gave them each a defined space in width. They each come with plenty of shelves that you can adjust to your liking (minus the center one that is fixed for stability). Next, I purchased hooks. I hope you have better luck finding your favorite hooks than I did! There were plenty available that attach to the ‘wall’ – such as these, but not ANY that attach from overhead (or vertically). I had the vision in my head and was not willing to compromise! Which is how I eventually came up with this little set-up:
This friends, is actually the Lillholmen Hook that, too, was meant to attach to the wall. I simply unscrewed that attachment that I did not want, and was left with the pieces that I did want! (What can I say? Desperate times call for desperate measures. lol) Now to figure out how to attach it…
I measured and drilled through the shelf that I wanted these hooks placed. And because I’m absolutely clueless of what it’s called, I took pics of these little guys that I found at the hardware store.
I didn’t want to use a regular screw, as the pointy part would be out in the open, ready to scrape the boys at every use. I then thought about using a nut threaded onto an Allen key socket head screw, but figured that would be pretty ugly. So this was a perfect find! Screw #2 simply screws into #1 and tada! The combined product actually looked MADE that way! Phew!
My children now have a place to hang their umbrellas, jackets, hats, etc.
Next, I purchased a handful of the Bladis Baskets, giving everything its own designated ‘home’.
Each child has their own ‘bin’ for shoes:
Their shoe bins are placed the lowest, directly over their hooks – as this is something they get into daily and need to be able to reach on their own.
They also have their own bin designated for their current sport (their sports rotate, as will whatever is being stored in these particular bins):
We’re in soccer season, in case you couldn’t tell. 😉
As you may have predicted, the next bins are for off-season sports storage:
This holds things such as their wrestling shoes, basketball shoes, uniforms, jerseys, etc.
Our last bins store things that we typically want to grab as we head outside:
Their helmets, baseball gloves, practice cones, outdoor chalk, bubbles… you could even store your sunscreen here.
And because I’m a mom that very much likes things concealed and tucked away…
I purchased two of the Oxberg Doors and Varnhem Knobs. Lastly, I could not for the life of me understand why they only offered the tall doors with a glass top piece! (I warned you that I like things truly concealed! If this was in a mudroom I wouldn’t mind it – but this is in my foyer and it’s just not something that I want to look at!) The shorter doors were available in both plain and wood (veneer), but to make things more difficult for me (haha) that wasn’t an option in the taller version. Soooo, I measured and cut Adhesive Chalkboard Contact Paper and placed it over the glass. I like that I can easily use this as a message center, too! Just use a little chalk ink and you’re good to go!
I hope this provided you with some inspiration! It’s been working wonderfully for us!
Now on to another Favorite Things Friday!…
Favorite Things Friday #9!
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This week’s feature goes to La Bella Vida Design!
La Bella Vida always posts so beautifully, and I can’t help but want to organize and decorate my schedule as she does! Friends, she even makes her own stickers and now has her own shop to sell them! Win for us! Even if you’re not into ‘planners’, you just may be after this post! Be sure to check out her post: My Favorite Planner Accessories Pt. 1! You can find her on Facebook, too!
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