Getting Organized: Entryway

I have always been an ‘everything in its place or it will be on the floor’ type of person. I’ve also been pretty cheap in the past. If I found something I loved, I would typically purchase the next best thing because I didn’t want to spend the money. I am NOT this person anymore. After years of doing this, I realized that it doesn’t work to get the next best thing if you have the option of getting the best thing.

When it comes down to organizing, you have to ask yourself, “Self, is this efficient? Is this working for me?” Be prepared to be brutally honest. Disregard whether the methods or tools you use to organize is cheap or good enough or even expensive. The only way to measure if your money was well spent on whatever methods you used to organize is if you are now organized. Did it work? If you’ve set up a system for organizing and it still isn’t organized, it didn’t work.

Sooooo, I’ve been having to take stock of where my organization is failing and what is actually working for me. This is when I realized that I need more stuff. I need stuff to put more of my stuff in…hahaha…ridiculous.

One issue in many households is the entryway. A lot of things get lost in translation here. Before you know it, you have a pile of shoes, a pile of mail, and a pile of other crap you’ve unloaded either on your way in or out.

Here are a couple of pictures of my entry way prior to reorganizing it.

Old Foyer Edit1

Old Foyer Edit2


This was not working for us. The shoes were piling and looking crazy, and so was the tower of mail on the table. Thanks to our local Ikea (and by local, I mean 2 hours away), we were able to find a great solution to make our entryway transition more seamless by organizing that area with the Hemnes shoe cabinet.

Here are the progress pics. I had a long day so there is a cup of coffee on it. So what? Sue me. Seriously, don’t sue me.



It isn’t perfect as yet, but I know that this system is working because this area doesn’t really get messy anymore. The drawers on this unit is perfect for storing keys, dog leashes, or other small items that you typically carry in and out of your home. The other 2 larger sections beneath the top drawer holds 6 pairs of shoes per section, on average. If you have smaller feet or if you’re storing flip-flops, flats, or sandals, you can get away with a lot more.

The next task for this area is adding some color, more of our personality, and a section to hang things (we don’t have a coat closet of anything). I can’t wait to see what it will look like when it’s finished. Then again, I like changing things around so much, so is it every really finished? It will be a surprise to us all.



Ikea Trip


Today, Jay and I took a long awaited trip to Ikea. We needed to get some stuff for the house so we rented one of these bad boys (Sidebar: I hate the way this vehicle looks. It has a really smooth drive but I think it’s pretty long and awkward looking. I can’t deny that it kind of looks like a 70’s pimp van…) and got on the road. We don’t have a local Ikea like we did when we lived up north, so we make a road trip out of it. We’ll (A) go to Ikea, (B) get some Jamaican food, and (C) get some more Jamaican food. All the pictures below shows what we picked up today with the exception of the sectional. We already have the sectional in white but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have options, so I ordered another one in dark gray. I don’t know why the store didn’t have a lot in stock this time around so I went online and ordered it. Then we ate a bunch of goodies that we haven’t had in a while. When everything is set up, I’ll be sure to post a pic.

All of these items can be found at

Ikea Trip
Mysa Grãs Comforter 7.99
Hemnes Day Bed 299.00
Hemnes TV Unit 225.00
Karlstad Corner Sofa & Chaise Extra Covers 199.00 & 99.00
Lappljung Ruta Cushion Cover 10.00
Skãrblad Cushion Cover 5.00
Goas Slan Pillow 1.49 ea
Dvala Sheet Set 24.99