Organize the gateway into your home

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Colder temperatures mean we’re trading our tank tops for coats, scarves and gloves. If you haven’t already, now, more than ever, is the perfect time to set up a spot to pile on and peel off these extra layers — not to mention a place to organize the keys, handbags and mail cluttering your dining room table. Don’t have the luxury of a foyer or mudroom? We found some essentials to help fake one.


Umbrella stand

With all the rainy weather we have, this item is a must. It prevents drippy umbrellas from ruining the floor and saves you the hassle of ever searching for one again. Porcelain Umbrella Stand, $159,
www.horchow.com


Mirror

Take one last look before running out the door and you won’t ever get stuck with lipstick on your teeth or toothpaste on your face again.   Crate and Barrel Clarendon wall mirror, $149,
www.crateandbarrel.com


Hooks or a coat rack
Those of us who don’t have the luxury of a hallway closet need to get creative with hooks or invest in a coat rack. Both take up very little space and prevent the coats-on-the-sofa catastrophe.  
Anthropologie Melded Poppies Double Hook, $22, www.anthropologie.com;


West Elm Metal Tipped Coat Rack, $160, www.westelm.com


Shelf, console or even dresser
No matter what kind of space you’re working with, you need a spot to stash mail, keys, sunglasses and more. If you don’t have any type of foyer, a shelf or super skinny console next to your door is perfect for holding the essentials — as well as some welcoming pick-me-ups like picture frames and candles.
If you’re lucky enough to have a passageway, a dresser or unit with drawers is ideal. Use the cubbies to store and hide clutter. Urban Outfitters Modern Wall Shelf, $22 and Reclaimed Wood Chalkboard shelf, $49 each, www.urbanoutfitters.com


Benches

You need to park it to pull off boots and strappy heels. Bonus: most benches come with extra storage space below. Pottery Barn Samantha Entry Bench, $399,
www.potterybarn.com


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