Any mother is likely familiar with the perils of the family landing zone. Even if you can get your kids to hang up their coats when they get home, there's still the rest of the debris that accumulates when people come in and out all day. And that minefield of shoes, boots, backpacks and lunchboxes can be a real eyesore.
The last thing you want to do after a long day is to have to clean up this seemingly constant mess, but it's simply impractical to make everyone in the family put certain things away at the end of the day. After all, your sixth grader is going to need his backpack again tomorrow, isn't he?
Luckily, just living with the messy look of this part of the house isn't your only option. It's easy to conceal the these less-than lovely essentials using simple curtains and drapes.
Just pick out a set of lovely grommet curtains, which will open and close with ease, and hang them on a bar across the area where the mess typically accumulates. It's best to pick a simple yet sturdy rod for this, since these curtains will be opened more frequently than window drapes.
It will help to demarcate a space for the discarded items from the day, and will make a beautiful addition to your coat room. Simply close the curtain anytime the mess becomes overwhelming and watch as the stress melts away.
Even a busy household with many people can feel and look clean with simple storage and design solutions like this one. Best of all, it won't require a major renovation, just good taste in drapery and a little bit of creativity.