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How to Organize Your Crowded Cabin Entryway

10 tips for shaping up this common trouble area
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: February 1, 2012
After a day on the slopes, is your mountain cabin buried in an avalanche of boots and bibs? Or are summer guests greeted by a shoal of wet swimsuits and towels when they enter your lakehome? Does a missing shoe keep you from getting a foot out the cabin door?
    An organized entryway with designated spots for stuff means more time for fun and less time and effort spent cleaning. Besides, why waste precious minutes indoors hunting for that shoe when you could be roaming the great outdoors?
    You don’t need a big space to create an entryway that’s both functional and welcoming. Our 10 tips will keep even the tiniest and busiest entry tidy.
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1 – TAKE STOCK
First, identify items you want handy, e.g., keys, dog leashes, Windbreakers and walking sticks. How many people regularly use the cabin? Do you host family reunions? If you and your spouse are retired, do you host a steady stream of grandkids? Do you need low storage that tykes or a family member in a wheelchair can reach? Keep only clothing and gear for the current season by the door. And if you save your brood’s outgrown swimsuits or snowsuits for visiting cousins, stash these less frequently used articles in clear bins in the garage.

Pictured: Samantha Entryway Collection, www.potterybarn.com

 
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