7 Ways to Prepare Your Entryway for Any Kind of Weather

The weather changes, and so do our entry needs. Here are some ideas on how to store and organize your weather-related accessories this season.

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ClosetMaid, original photo on Houzz

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Corral the Umbrellas

Out of sight. The nooks and crannies of the entry work great for a tall pot that doubles as an umbrella stand. This umbrella holder fits right in the corner behind the door and sits conveniently next to the coat rack.


CWB Architects, original photo on Houzz


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Practical fun. Even though an umbrella stand serves a basic purpose, it doesn’t need to be boring. Erin Fearins, interior designer with Fearins | Welch Interior Design (sister company of CWB Architects), updated this entry, keeping the client’s blobby, green umbrella stand in the final design. She and the client knew this functional piece was needed in the Brooklyn townhouse.

“It’s a chic way to stay organized in an entry space like this that gets a lot of action,” Fearins says. “If you don’t keep these spaces well-organized, they can turn into passages with scary piles on the floor.”

Behind closed doors. An umbrella stand can also slip inside a coat closet and join the other weather-related gear. If it really starts to rain outside, pull out the umbrella holder so everyone knows right away where to stash theirs.


Artichoke, original photo on Houzz

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Stash the Shoes

Sliding storage. This cubby has a drawer that slides out to hold boots big and small. It was designed so that even the adult boots can slide out of sight without getting smashed.

Related: Organize Your Entryway With a Shoe Rack

Added storage. Shoe storage doesn’t need to be built into your furniture. Easy cleanup also makes movable storage a plus. Just tip it upside down outside or in the trash to quickly remove any debris.


Gather the Accessories

Group the gloves. A basket added to the entryway bench lets everyone drop their gloves in one place, which helps ensure none go missing. It also makes a great place to store hats and scarves.


The Home Co., original photo on Houzz


Organize high and low. This entry maximizes gear storage with two large baskets nested underneath the bench and a row of hooks along the wall. The baskets can be used for small items such as headbands and gloves; the hooks help keep scarves untangled and wrinkle-free.


One Kings Lane, original photo on Houzz


Sunny skies. Don’t let gray skies — or a messy entry — get you down. The sun will shine again, which means you can also use that entryway storage for beach towels, sunglasses and flipflops. 


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