7 Genius Entryway Storage Ideas to Get You Out the Door Faste

7 Genius Entryway Storage Ideas to Get You Out the Door Faster

Creating personalized bins is a good start.


It’s so easy (and so unfair) how quickly your entryway can go from clean to chaos — and that chaos makes trying to get out the door brutal.

Think of all that time wasted hunting for your keys and umbrella, or digging through a pile of coats to find the one you need. Five minutes spent searching for stuff each morning becomes 35 minutes a week, or more than 30 hours a year!

Corralling your clutter can feel overwhelming, but with the right mindset and a few clever hacks, your entryway can be what helps you get out of the house on time — not what slows you down.

Here are seven ideas to help you out:

#1 Personalize Buckets

How do those hats and gloves end up all over the entryway? Half the time, it happens when someone tosses them aside while searching for their own stuff. That’s why separating each person’s storage space is so ingenious.

“Susie has her own basket, Tommy has his own basket,” says professional organizer Yve Irish. Assigning space and responsibility to each individual family member saves you — and your kids — time digging through other people’s belongings.

You don’t need a huge closet to do this — even little baskets in an inexpensive Ikea shelving unit can do the trick.

Irish recommends pairing a storage system with training to make personalized buckets work: “Teach your children to return items to their basket when they come home,” she says. “You want to make sure that happens and they get into the habit.”

#2 Hang Your Purses and Bags

Digging through a forest of coats to find the right purse for your outfit is a hassle. It’s also not great to shove your bags onto a cluttered closet shelf or (ugh) pile them on the floor — a practice some believe is bad luck. There’s a feng shui saying, “A purse on the floor is money out the door.” So hang your bags from the closet rod using S-hooks instead.

Image: Libby Walker for HouseLogic

Lacking a closet? If your walls are less than five feet apart, you can install a tension rod between them. Or choose a decorative wall shelf with hooks.

No matter how you hang them, do a purse purge first to avoid creating a handbag jungle. Keep that oversized bag you only pull out for special occasions tucked out of the way.

#3 Create a Charging Station

While you might charge your primary smartphone overnight by your bedside, creating a charging station in your entryway can save valuable time, especially if you have a work phone or use the kids’ tablets for car rides. When they’re always charging in the same spot, you won’t waste time in the morning hunting down chargers.

Assemble tech storage using assigned baskets with neatly-organized cords, or go big with a built-in. At organization blog “A Bowl Full of Lemons,” a cabinet with plugs inside was installed in the mudroom to serve as a neat home for laptops, tablets, and smartphones, which all charge up inside.

#4 Install an Information Station

Papers can be pernicious devils, accumulating in ugly piles, blocking surfaces, and creating stress. Cut off the problem at its head with an information station, starting with a customized paper organizer on the wall.

“We had an extreme amount of clutter,” says Aniko Levai, the blogger behind “Place of My Taste.” As part of a grand entryway remodel, she created a wall organizer to keep papers and small items out of the way.

The process is simple enough for even the newest DIYer. Levai created the organizer by combining painted wood, fabric, a few small hooks, and a $15 wall magazine rack from Ikea.

But not all paper needs to be saved, and mail-sorting procrastination is the stuff cluttered entryways are made of. Setting up your recycling center near your entryway — in the closet or a free corner — can turn paper sorting into a quick, easy to-do task every time you walk in the door.

If you have the space, add a shredder into the mix or add a whiteboard for reminders.

#5 Add Lots of Shoe Storage

Step into any big box home store and you’ll find two dozen shoe storage options, from stackable organizers to hanging canvas cubbies. The perfect option for you is a matter of taste and space, but let’s be serious: However many shoe cubbies you think your family should need, the truth is probably three times that amount. That’s why we’re partial to this clever solution from Sara Davis, who transformed an old wooden mail sorter — found at a local antique shop — into a gorgeous, 45-slot shoe cubby.

While antique mail sorters may not be available everywhere, you can create your own by converting a bookshelf or cabinet, bundling cut PVC piping into handmade cubbies, or buying a large shoe cubby. Davis’ solution is perfect for her long, thin mudroom, which is 17 feet long, but only five feet wide.

“It’s hard to miss, so it’s a great reminder for the kids to take off their shoes,” Davis says.

#6 Assign Lockers

Industrial-style decor is in — take advantage of the trend in your entryway by installing lockers. (Yes, we mean the aluminum models your kids use at school.)

While not ideal for a super-small entryway, lockers can instantly triple your storage space if you have the room, as each one has hooks on three surfaces, as well as shelving. Even better, install short tension rods and use S-hooks for even more hanging storage.

And they provide plenty of room for creative decoration. You can paint them to match a variety of decor.

#7 Make a Station for Wet, Muddy Footwear

Your entryway is always one of the first victims of nasty weather. Is it a rainy autumn? Say hello to a puddle of dirty leaves. Winter? Snow boots can leave the entire room soaking and soiled.

Weather-safe storage solutions can be the key difference between an unorganized mess and a pristine entryway. The biggest culprit is shoes. While a mat can go a long way toward preserving the cleanliness of your entrance, you’ll need to develop a plan for storing boots — without them dripping everywhere.

Try this DIY solution: Line the bottom of a chest with a mud tray, and then fill the tray with a layer of river rocks. The rocks allow the water to drain away from the soggy boots so they’ll be ready to use the next morning — and the whole process is hidden away inside the chest.

is a writer and editor with a focus on home improvement and design. Previously, she worked as a web editor for “House Beautiful,” “ELLE Decor,” and “Veranda.”

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is a writer and editor with a focus on home improvement and design. Previously, she worked as a web editor for “House Beautiful,” “ELLE Decor,” and “Veranda.”


Buyer Beware: 5 Bylaws to Watch When Buying a Condo

Buying a condo? The legal doctrine of caveat emptor (“let the buyer beware”) continues to apply to real estate transactions in BC today, and can have the effect of denying the buyer a remedy for defects and deficiencies discovered in the property after purchase. In general, the onus is on the buyer to determine the state and quality of the property being sold – rather than on the seller to point out any potential problems.

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What is the difference between Authorized Suites and Unauthorized Suites

Secondary Suites – Authorized, Unauthorized what is the difference?


Each municipality has different bylaws when it comes to suites in a home. During your home search you may find descriptions such as authorized suite, unauthorized suite and legal suite. Do you know the difference and the implication that it may have on your home purchase?


In Coquitlam

A secondary suite is a separate living area contained within a single family dwelling. It functions as a self-contained living unit complete with a kitchen, bathroom and at least one bedroom. It may share common space on the same floor with the primary residence. The suite must also have at least one access door leading directly outside the dwelling. A secondary suite is not a separate housing unit with its own Certificate of Title, nor can it be stratified similar to a duplex or townhouse unit. A suite will not be assigned a separate address by the City or be eligible for separate services, such as garbage and recycling.

Can my home contain a Secondary Suite?

Secondary Suites are permitted in most single family homes in residential zones. Although every suite application is reviewed in detail, the following general regulations will apply to all homes:
  • A secondary suite may only be located in a single family dwelling.
  • A suite may be located within a residential building containing only one other dwelling unit (the primary unit).
  • The suite shall not exceed 40% of the total floor area of the dwelling.
  • The suite in a house built after July 1, 2000, may not have a total floor area of more than 90 m² (970 ft²).
  • A suite will not be permitted on a property where a Restrictive Covenant on title prohibits it.

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In Port Moody

A Secondary Suite is an additional dwelling unit located in part of a residential building that is a single real estate entity. The Suite must not have a floor space
greater than 90sq.m (970sq.ft.) and 40% of the total floor space of the building. Only one additional dwelling unit is permitted in each residential home. A Secondary Suite is not permitted in a Duplex or Townhouse building.

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Port Coquitlam

In Port Coquitlam suites are either authorized or unauthorized. Due to the complexity and some privacy nothing is reported online ( as per the City of Port Coquitlam)

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Some Benefits of Legalizing your Secondary Suite

  • Safety of occupants – When you legalize your suite, you comply with a variety of safety standards designed to provide minimum levels of health and safety to occupants.
  • Ensure adequate property and home insurance coverage -If your suite is legal, you can obtain the proper insurance coverage that will protect you in cases of emergencies and/or disasters caused by either a tenant or a member of your family.
  • Reduce neighbours’ complaints -A legalized suite enables you to provide adequately for your tenants so their impact on the neighbourhood is minimal. By legalizing your suite, you provide adequate parking so the impact to the neighbourhood and street is minimal.
  • Maintain the value of your home and potentially increase its value – The work undertaken to legalize a suite is often seen as providing more value because all work has been completed and inspected and has the potential for supplemental income.
  • Avoid costly penalties  -If the City receives a complaint about an illegal suite and it is investigated and confirmed, the homeowner will be charged the additional water and sewer fees for the secondary suite and bylaw compliance proceedings may be conducted. ( City of Coquitlam)
  • Parking – You will be required to provide one extra parking space for the suite in addition to the two spaces already required for the main dwelling on the lot. The extra parking space for the secondary suite must be independently accessible, contained on the property and not encroach on the public property or right-of-way. The additional space may be enclosed in a structure such as a detached or attached garage. It may also be a parking pad located on or beside your driveway. Tandem parking is permitted. While you or your designer prepares your drawings for the suite, consider the location of this parking space on your site plan. A site plan will form part of your drawing application. ( city of Coquitlam)
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Looking for something to do in the Tri-Cities this January?


Looking for something to do in the Tri-Cities in January?

There are plenty of fantastic events to enjoy throughout the Tri-Cities area this month! For history buffs, be sure to check out the Kosh Exhibition opening at the Port Moody museum on January 14!


Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display

Lafarge Lake Coquitlam

  • What: More than 100,000 twinkling lights is illuminating Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam this holiday season, in a magical outdoor display for visitors of all ages. The Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display is one of the largest free outdoor light events in the Lower Mainland, and this year’s spectacle is bigger and brighter than ever before. The display wraps its way entirely around Lafarge Lake, leading visitors on a 1.2-km loop through 10 themed zones. There are also roving performers, hot chocolate, festive choirs, and even a holiday fair.
  • When: Now to Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: Dusk to 11 pm
  • Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Writers at the Bookstore

  • What: Local writers are invited to spend time writing and developing their current projects. Bring your own mug as tea will be served. Hosted by Western Sky Books and TriCities Wordsmiths.
  • When: Every Thursday until March 29, 2018
  • Start: 2 pm
  • Where: Western Sky Books – 2132- 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

The Fantasticks

  • What: A funny, romantic musical about a boy, a girl and their parents who try to keep them apart. Presented by Stage43.
  • When: Thursday, January 11 to Sunday, January 14, then Wednesday, January 17 to Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm every day, except Sunday, January 14 when the show will be at 2 pm
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$22

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

  • What: Generally regarded as the masterpiece of Italian film director Ermanno Olmi, this rural epic depicts the lives of several families on a tenant farm in northern Italy in 1898, as they struggle to make ends meet. The painterly depiction of Lombardy peasant life, with its unfolding, interwoven stories is magnificent in its authenticity. Presented by Port Moody Film Society.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: At the door, Member Admission $5, Membership $5 a year.

Place des Arts: January Exhibitions Opening Reception

  • What: Drop by for fine art, inspiration and a glass of wine at the opening reception for ​three new shows: Colour: A Personal ResponseLyrical Expressions, and Balance.
  • When: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Koch Exhibition Opening

  • What: See life in the trenches of World War I through the eyes of German Typographer, Rudolf Koch. This exhibition will feature sketches of everyday life in the trenches, on loan from the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach, Germany.
  • When: Sunday, January, 14, 2018. Exhibition on until the end of April.
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Museum – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • More Info: Online

Magic with Woody Aragon

  • What: Woody Aragon has worked in the best specialized magic theatres and festivals around the world, has appeared on TV in the US and Spain, and is a North American and European International Federation of Magic Societies championship winner.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online, $25

StreetArts Community Banner Painting Sessions

  • What: Local artists and Port Moody residents paint colourful community-designed banners that line major streets come springtime. Come see the artists painting their banners.
  • When: Sunday, January 21, 2018; banners on display in the Galleria from Monday,  January 22 to Wednesday, January 31.
  • Time: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Galleria – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Crossroads Hospice Coffeehouse Presents JES

  • What: JES is Jane Slemon, Ellen van der Hoeven, and Susan Larkin. A tight braid of voices backed by a tapestry of instruments, the members of this musical friendship often can’t help but get themselves mixed up with one another. JES brings a diverse repertoire that includes Celtic, folk roots, and original songs.
  • When: Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Gathering Place – 200-2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: $5

A Celebration of Robbie Burns

  • What: Place des Arts’ annual celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robbie Burns. Fiddler and faculty member Rosie Carver with Celtic band Blackthorn and a special guest piper feature the musical traditions of Scotland with a special focus on Burns’ songs and poems
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $16-$41

Linzer Cookies

Nothing could be more festive on the holiday table than a tray of these, buttery, confectioners’ sugar-dusted, jam-packed cookies, created by blogger Alexandra Stafford at Alexandra’s Kitchen. The hint of lemon in the dough nicely complements any number of fillings, from raspberry jam to lemon curd.


3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
grated rind (zest) of 1 lemon, or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
raspberry jam for filling
confectioners’ sugar or glazing sugar, for dusting

1. To make the dough: Beat the butter, sugar, and zest until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed, about 3 minutes. Add the yolk and vanilla and beat until combined.
2. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, almond flour, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix until just combined. Don’t over-beat.
3. Divide the dough in half, and pat each half into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
4. To assemble: On a lightly floured surface, roll one disc of dough out about 1/4″-thick. Using a 2 1/2″ round cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Transfer rounds to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gather the scrap dough, roll, and repeat. Place the cut cookies in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
6. While the first half of cookies is chilling, cut rounds from the remaining dough. Once you’ve transferred these cookies to a baking sheet, use your smallest cookie cutter or the end of a round piping tip to make a peekaboo cutout in the center of each. Place cookies in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
7. To bake: Bake all of the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are just beginning to turn brown. Let them cool for 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
8. To fill the cookies: Place the cookies with the holes in them on a cookie sheet and sift confectioners’ sugar over the top. Turn the remaining cookies flat side up and spoon 1/2 teaspoon of jam into the center, spreading it slightly. Top with the sugar-dusted cookies.


Local Events

Santa Skate, Christmas Eve Skate, New Year’s Eve Skate

Santa Skate: December 10, 1-4:15pm
Christmas Eve Skate: December 24, 1-3pm
New Year’s Eve Skate: December 31, 1-3pm
Port Moody Recreation Complex, 300 Ioco Road

CP Holiday Train

December 17, 1-5:15pm
Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Road)

The CP Holiday Train will roll into Port Moody at 4:20pm, with performers Alan Doyle (of Great Big Sea fame) and the Beautiful Band on board and ready to entertain you at 4:45pm.

Lights at Lafarge Lake



Tri-Cities Tour and Open Houses

Port Moody Homes, Coquitlam Condos

There is something for everyone


Although it seem that winter has already reached us, and the nights are getting longer, real estate in Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam continue to sell. Condo’s and townhomes continue to dominate the market, but there are some really great properties on the market.



Some highlights

198 Edward Crescent Port Moody

Fantastic mountain and water views from this 5 bed, 3 full bathrm home! Excellent layout-with a gorgeous stone fireplace in the large living and dining room. This home not only has a great layout but a fenced backyard for lounging on those warm summer days, or for letting the kids play outside. This home is on the top of my list because it is steps away from St. John street in Port Moody, but away from the noise.

Close to the Evergreen line, this home is a must see for this area.



35 – 2387 Argue Street, Port Coquitlam

The Waterfront-Citadel Landings community (detach lifestyle with low maintenance), steps away form the Fraser River Boardwalk! Immaculate 3 level home features private back patio & fenced garden (Fido’s space), ergonomic kitchen w/maple cabinets & bar counter plus eating area.


102-1177 Howie Ave, Coquitlam

Welcome to Blue Mountain Place! This fully renovated ground floor home is a great starter home, downsizer, or investment property. Full rentals allowed! Open concept kitchen and living room with stainless steel appliances, bar seating area and laminate flooring. Living room opens onto an extra large patio space, gives you a little extra living space.

This is a must see!





Come visit me this weekend for 2 open houses:

 Saturday December 2 from 2-435-2310 Ranger Lane, Port Coquitlam

2 bed/3 bath townhome close to all shops


Sunday December 3 from 2-4 – 3523 Sheffield Drive, Coquitlam

3 bed / 3 bath with a 1 bedroom legal suite in the basement



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The only thing you have to do is give me a call so I can facility and set you guys up.

Don’t go in no knowing what you are looking for or WHO you are looking for. Contact me today to get a list of preferred agents that I work with to help you with your real estate needs.


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