Foyers and any surface close to the door is generally a magnet for mail, keys, purses and briefcases, pocket contents, shopping bags and everything else hauled into the house on any given day. Our foyer is about the size of a small closet, so adding a table to serve as a landing station wasn’t an option. Finally, inspiration struck and I decided to go minimal with it. A shelf could serve as a “table,” then hooks and clips would help corral smaller items.

For the shelf, I went with a narrow, clear glass number from Home Depot. Wood or any other opaque material would create visual heft or fullness and I wanted the space to appear as clutter-free and open as possible.

Beneath the shelf I hung a hook for my umbrella, but it could also double for a purse or briefcase. I used an adhesive hook, but for heavier items I recommend hooks that can be nailed or screwed into the wall.

A basket for additional items or a small shoe rack can fit on the floor under the shelf, if going forward I see the need for more containment.

By the door, I added another hook for keys and a clip for outgoing mail. This could also be used for a dog leash or reminder notes.

Because I still wanted the space to have a sense of style and whimsy and not lean toward being too utilitarian, I also added my champagne bell. This is the first thing people see when they come into our home and I want guests to feel welcome and know that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

With a little thought and planning, even the smallest space can be put to work.

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