The crisp days of fall have retreated, inviting in a new season and another opportunity to get creative with your space. Revamp your front and back door areas to make room for wintertime essentials. Here are a few tips for transforming your entryway or mudroom into a wintery landing pad.

Coats, hats, gloves, boots and wet shoes are just a few pieces of this season’s ever-present clutter. Need a spot to dry winter gear and warm up after trekking through the snow? Why not transform your entryway or mudroom into a drying area complete with plenty of spots to stow away gear and seats for taking off your boots. Relief is on the way with some helpful tips for repurposing this space and giving it a cool weather vibe.

Daisee Entryway Hall Tree with Storage Bench

#1: Refresh the Room and Add Character

Front door or back door, it’s the first place guests see when they enter your home, so it’s worth the effort to clean it up to provide a warm welcome. Remove anything that doesn’t serve a purpose or isn’t being used—then donate it or trash it. Once you have decluttered the room, add a fresh coat of paint, and if you’re feeling ambitious, come up with a theme for the area. For example, you could transform your space into a lodge-like escape by adding items or art that give the room a woodsy feel.

Three Basket Storage Shelf

#2: Cover the Floor

This time of year, absorbent mats or runners, some with rubber backing, are great choices since they are made for keeping your floors dry. They are available in different sizes, styles and designs to meet your needs.

Home Accents Aqua Shield 1’ll” x 2’ll” Brittany Leaf Indoor/Outdoor Doormat

#3: Furnish the Room

Your goal is to make the space more useful by introducing designated storage areas for everyday necessities. By attaching a wall shelf with cabinet and hooks, you’ll have a handy spot for hanging coats, keys and wet gloves. A cabinet is perfect for keeping handbags, hats, gloves, earmuffs, ice scrapers and more. For those busy work and school days, a chalkboard is an added bonus for leaving messages, creating calendars or jotting down lists.

Duver Hanging Coat Rack

Choose a Console Table

Use a lengthy table with drawers and a lower shelf. Add bins on the lower shelf and presto—you now have the perfect spot for winter gear. Look for rustic style to introduce the lodge-like feel and add a lamp or two that will help cast a pretty glow over your neat and tidy “welcome center.”

Tyler Creek Console Table

Sit and Store with a Bench

A storage bench can serve double duty by giving you a place to put on boots and hide them away.

Brickwell Storage Bench

Hide Away Clutter

Add baskets. They make great catchalls.

Parrish Natural/Blue Baskets

Get box sets to stow away outdoor gear. They provide easy access when in a pinch for time.

Home Accents Aluminum Clad Boxes – Set of 2

Maximize Vertical Space with a Bookcase

If you have the room, a bookcase extends your storage and display potential. Find one that fits your space and fill it up with bins or baskets and a knick-knack or two.

Johurst 75″ Bookcase

Keep Your Home Dry

Add a little touch like a stylish umbrella stand—great idea for handling wet items.

Luxus Metal Coat Rack with Golden Quatrefoil Umbrella Stand

Remember Lighting

Since lighting is important too, hang an interesting pendant light to provide stylish and functional overhead illumination.

Madelia Pendant Light

With an entryway transformation, odds and ends won’t end up in the rest of your home, and you’re sure to make great first impressions when guests admire how you’re keeping it all organized in style. How do you rearrange for winter? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section. You can also share your photos with us on Instagram, use the hashtag #MyAshleyHome.