Home Organizing Ideas: Organizing a Narrow Entry

The Elements of a Great Entryway

Many homes and apartment units have really tiny entrances or a very small foyer where ALL that comes with us from the street usually lives!

It’s amazing what these little spaces can hold, but also how difficult it can be to create organizing systems and organizing a narrow entry requires a lot of imagination!

Even if you don’t struggle on a daily basis with a narrow entrance in your home, keeping this area organized is very important for many reasons, both for the practical side of life, but also for the psychological impact clutter has on us.

With an ongoing project I set myself on the search for solutions to make life simpler in organizing a narrow entrance for my busy client and her children.  And here is a list of what we’d like to have in this “perfect” entrance:

  • Great lighting – nothing worse than entering the home and it’s dark. When we open the door, we really want to be able to spot the space, move around without bumping into things or each other.
  • A landing space – at least a place to “land” the wallet, car keys and your purse. Of course, if we can fit more, we will!
  • A mirror, if possible.
  • Hooks for jackets, coats and hats.
  • Bins for the small items like gloves, scarves and other accessories.
  • A rug to keep the dust out.

And here are some images of great entrances and how they can serve you to make landing and taking off to daily life a bliss!


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 A very long and narrow entry can accomodate a bench and a mirror. The closet will hold all your seasonal items.


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A long and narrow shelf with small drawers underneath was installed and serves as a console for arriving and placing your keys and wallet and for keeping it clean of clutter.


organizing a narrow entry

 An entrance without a closet can be very challenging but adding a bench and baskets will create the seating and storage for small items you need.A coat hanger can be added for jackets, umbrellas and other seasonal gear.

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Bright and clean a narrow shelf serves as a console to the entrance and a small bench gives you a seat. Image BHG.com


organizing a narrow entry

A great way to create both sitting space and storage at the entryway: a bench with hidden storage! Image: BHG.com


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Beautiful wall paper os used to create the mood in this entryway where the drawers under the seat and the shelf above it holds all you need for a perfect take off! Image: BHG.com

organizing a narrow entry

A very creative way to bring storage for all that’s being used during the season – and for all heights! From the always great: marthastewart.com

organizing a narrow entry

Again creativity creates an unique entrance and a beautiful one! A bench, hooks and under the bench storage gives you all you need. Image: marthastewart.com

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 This is the mother of all entryways of a busy family! With all you need to keep the space clear of clutter and have what you need when you need it. Image: IKEA.com

I hope you find this post on organizing a narrow entry useful and that the tips and examples help you get your entryway all ready to go!

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  1. Gina says

    Hi Helena! The second picture depicts a narrow shelf with small drawers for key storage and whatnot beneath. Where can I buy this item?

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  3. says

    I love the pictures that go along with this Helena, thanks! Makes me realize how badly I need to hire an interior designer. I am just not good at stuff like this . . . I have an odd shaped entryway at my front door, that no one ever really enters through, and I’ve been looking for a good way to decorate it for years. Thanks for the ideas!

    • says

      Dear Jennifer.
      My spam checker is playing tricks on me and for some reason only today I saw your comment. So very sorry!
      I am happy you like the ideas and I hope it helps you get the house looking just like you want. Life gets so busy it’s easy to just “throw things down”, but with a little bit of time and patience any space can turn into and inviting, organized one.
      On note: according to Feng Shui the main entrance of the home is where the Chi comes in, bringing health, vitality and abundance. I always recommend taking a very careful look at entrances and keep them active by using them as much as possible.
      Hope this tip helps you get motivated to tackle it! Have a great weekend!

  4. says

    Love the beautiful, clean photos, Helena. The entryways are very inviting and bright. So often they can become cluttered and unwelcoming with too much stuff. These are great examples that you shared to inspire that welcoming feel.

    • says

      Linda, thank you for your comment. I love entryways and the great feeling of being welcomed into the house and is one of my personal pet-peeves with my kids: shoes in the cubby, coat on the hanger! :-)
      I had fun going through Pinterest and the web for examples and I’m so happy you like them!

    • says

      Thank you Linda! Glad you like them! I love entrances and take good care of them for my clients. I believe that “half the battle” is won here because if we have a landing pad the clutter won’t creep into the house. And because I follow Feng Shui and that’s the entrance of the Chi of the house! Verrrrryyyy important!

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