Functioning without (much of a) front entranceway
I live in the strangest house. OK, it's not the strangest, as I know since I've been going to open houses in case we decide to move rather than continue to try to function here. But strange. An old Victorian that looks cute, but is hard to live in.
You come into the front door to a narrow hallway - I mean narrow, 3.5 feet - and 11 feet long. Right inside the front door, doors go off the hallway to either side, these being two bedrooms. Those doorways prevent it from feeling like a tunnel, but yup, we sleep right at the front door!
My problem is this: what to do with front hall detritus? The hallway is simply too narrow to put much furniture along it. We do hang coats there - we built cubbies in between the studs so they wouldn't stick out as far. But there is a lot, what with everything from gloves and umbrellas to winter boots to sun hats to consider. And where do the briefcase and kids' backpacks live? Plus, since I like to spend the odd half hour here or there in the front garden, I keep some garden tools handy to the front door.
For several years I've used part of our bedroom for much of it, but this reduces the space I've got in the bedroom for, say, clothes. So I've now moved my shoes, for instance, which unfortunately is a sizable collection, into the room where the hallway ends. So that room, a dining/family space, is becoming our entranceway.
I realize no one can probably help me organize this odd space and my stuff, but I'm curious how other people handle the stuff that is used only occasionally but then needed quickly (first warm day and first cold day always catch me by surprise), seasonal stuff, special occasion stuff, shoe collection, etc. It can't just be me - I've seen many homes where the front door even opens directly into the living room, and that's got to be even harder to organize!