Create a mini boot room
OK, so if you have a straightforward hallway rather than the option of a dedicated boot room, how can you create an organised, accessible area on a smaller scale? It all comes down to thinking in layers (see above) and investing in hard-working, cohesive storage (ditto).
However, realistically you won’t have as much space to play with. So you need to divide and rule your boot area stock. Do this by hiving off the items that are not used every day, be it coats, bags, umbrellas or dog toys and establish a secondary location for them. This could be under the stairs, an alcove in the kitchen or even a section of a neighbouring room. As with your primary hall storage, you’ll need to invest in equally efficient and orderly storage for here, too.
Have a regular audit
The thing about hallways, boot rooms and all storage areas is that ‘things’ seem to magically accumulate. Which ends up transforming into clutter so that no-one can ever find that rogue missing glove or that special pair of trainers. Have a monthly or fortnightly audit, weeding out and rehoming items that are not needed on a daily basis. And if that missing glove turns up in the process, all the better.