It’s been a relief to finally manage to tackle our useless hallway. Impractical, frequently piled high with coats, shoes, bags and other assorted items, this area definitely needed some serious attention, and so was perfect fodder for the storage challenge set by the Tots100 Home Club in association with Homebase.
Here’s how we got on…
The antique church pew we bought from eBay was the starting point, and suits our home much better now it has had a coat of Dulux Misty Mountain matt emulsion from Homebase. It’s a great spot to perch, and there’s even space behind to hide away household items like the ironing board. Teamed with an old shelving unit which held cookbooks in our old kitchen, that was all the furniture we needed in the hallway.
Here’s where we stored our problem items:
SHOES: The adult shoes (most frequently worn, with the remainder being stored upstairs) are kept on the shelving unit, where they’re easy to grab in a hurry. The kids’ shoes are in the red storage basket under the pew so that they can easily access them.
COATS: These live on the coat hooks (from John Lewis), where they dry off quickly thanks to the radiator below. The twins have a low-level hook each to keep their own coats and lunch bags within their reach.
KEYS, SPARE CHANGE ETC: We pop these in a basket higher up on the shelving unit (so small people can’t reach them). The loose change is separated into tea, coffee and sugar canisters from Habitat (I keep a different pot for each of our main cash expenses).
POST: Lost bills etc are a thing of the past now that we each have our own in-trays. All we have to do now is find time to sort through our pile of mail regularly enough.
HATS, WATERPROOFS ETC: In the purple basket (from Homebase) under the pew so there’s no scrabbling around looking for them when we’re off to the park. I’ve stored winter hats away for the warmer months (although the recent weather has made me question the wisdom in this).
PHONE BOOK, MAPS OF LOCAL AREA, SAT NAV: These things used to be piled up in a corner somewhere, but now they live in the bread bins on the floating shelf (all from Homebase). I’ve also popped any annual season passes we own in a little purse in one of the bins to try to avoid the mad panic to find them when we should have left five minutes ago.
GRAB & GO BAG: The drawstring bag on one of the coat hooks is stocked with spare clothes for the twins, the snack box, baby wipes and sun cream. I aim to make sure this bag is always stocked and ready to go so that I can just grab it when we’re on our way out.
The only thing I wanted to do, but ran out time to, was to make a seat pad for the pew. But this project won’t get forgotten – it’s gone on the to do list and I’ll be getting on with it sooner rather than later, as I think it’ll finish off the whole area.