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Christmas Planning Tips to Organise your Hallway


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People will form their first impression of your house based on your entrance hallway, so here’s how to make sure yours doesn’t give you a nightmare before Christmas.

With Christmas around the corner you can count on most hallways to have recurring problem areas like excessive amounts of shoes, sets of keys, discarded post, hats & gloves, and general ‘just walked in the door’ clutter.

If you take a look through this clutter you’ll probably find most of it either needs returning to its owner or is something that can be thrown away such as old junk mail or odd gloves! Initially try introducing a basket or ‘bin’ in the hallway to collect any surplus – this lidded one might even discourage clutterers due to being planning


coat stand


If you’re expecting lots of house guests & visitors this Christmas nothing looks more welcoming in the hallway than a vintage hat/coat stand. We love this one from Dunelm **  for its retro look and ample hanging space. You’ll also find that making hanging coats and hats a ‘feature area’ will reduce the formerly cluttered appearance of your hallway. You’ll also free up your bannisters for decorating!



shoe rack

Another main offender when organising your home interiors is the copious amounts of shoes that slowly become permanent residents.  Invest in a shoe rack to introduce some order to the shoe chaos; many retailers now even sell extend-able ones like this offering from John Lewis ** so you can increase capacity for the busy Christmas period. Just make sure you reduce this capacity back down after Christmas!


Console tableThe final factor to consider in your home is your hall table, does it have storage capacity or is it just a stand-alone table? Think about investing in a console table like this contemporary offering from M & S  **. Or for a more vintage look you could pick up an old-fashioned bureau from a local charity shop. These sorts of units will give you a lot more storage space as well as a good-sized surface to decorate for Christmas!


There are some great ideas on Pinterest of ways to incorporate Christmas decorations into your hallway, ranging from over-sized ornate candles to vases filled with baubles & Christmas lights. So, ‘Deck the Hall (way) s’ this Christmas and give your home a great festive first impression!

  DIY Xmas decorations


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tree - Karen Birney

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There are 4 comments.


Some good advice – with 4 kids our hallway is always a dumping ground ! Thanks for sharing. Mx

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Caroline Sutton

Great ideas! The hall really does set the tone for the rest of the house. A big mirror can make the whole space look bigger too! x

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Bonnie Gean

I love the picture at the top with the decorated banister. Makes me want to put up the Christmas tree! 😉

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Ginny Carter

The shoe rack is a brilliant idea – hate messy shoes cluttering up the hallway. My next task would be to train my family to actually use it.

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