Think of the lifestyle your family members have and design spaces accordingly, especially the entrance area to avoid hunting for essentials at the last moment, writes Pratima Gupta

It is often found that spaces in our homes, which are most important and crucial for easy and organised living, remain filled with clutter or unwanted stuff.

This makes the living spaces disorganised and requires more efforts to do simple tasks at home.

Let's take one of the most important spaces at home like the entrance area. We tend to forget cell phone/purse or keys before leaving home in the hurry as phone is charging in the bedroom or things are lying in dressing table drawer. Well, pretty common!

It makes easy if we have some organised entrance area at inside the house. To avoid hunting important thing at the last moment, one can think of life style the family members have and design the spaces accordingly.

An independent and tension free mind is important while leaving the house. A day becomes easy and smooth if things are organised for morning at home.


Few open shelves, drawers, key holder or a small table helps keeping thing at the entrance itself which need every time going out or coming in, plug points for charging mobile etc. so that they can be kept for charging in the morning and not forgotten in last moment

Large shelves help keeping school bags for children and office bags for you

Small and open shoe rack works best for daily shoes/slippers along with a small seating bench for tying shoe laces

Cardboard boxes could be used for extra shoes, which can be stored in shelving unit.

A unit with space for hooks and a rod for hangers for jackets, coats, shawls, caps, small bags for shoes and children school sports etc can be helpful.

A low height hooks and shelves help children to access and organise their own things, and clutter does not enter the house

Reason to smile

And probably a place for picture of favourite god, mother, children or some flowers, there will be enough reason to smile while leaving home.

It is important to organise the house entrance to avoid unnecessary items being brought inside the home. Also it helps when you have parties, for guests gets plenty of secure places to leave their belongings while attending the gathering.

New age showrooms provide complete design and manufacturing services as per your space availability. So go ahead and renovate your house entrance for as little as Rs.25,000!

(The author is Head of Interior Design at Luxus and guest faculty at NIFT and can be contacted at ‘')


Wake up and smell the coffeeFebruary 8, 2013