As you can see, there is no room to either side of the washer/dryer. That’s the back door and immediately to the left is the door to the girls’ room.
Here’s a long view of the whole area. The door on the right goes to the boys’ room but we blocked it off. They didn’t need two doors and people tended to use their room as a pass-through (which they, understandably, didn’t like). The bookcase on the left holds cookbooks, plastic cups and plates and overflow children’s books. I tried to dignify the area by adding a berber runner which also has the effect of defining the hall. [As a bonus, it catches dirt that the door mats, indoor and out, didn’t catch before it can be tracked through the house.]
The view from the back door looking down the hall into the kitchen. There’s not much “hall”.
So many things need storing by the back door. Umbrellas, for instance. I corral them in a decrepit old laundry basket. Flip flops live there in season. The toy bench we picked up at a church garage sale several years ago. When we were rearranging the boys’ room I decided it was just what I needed by the back door.
Here are the clothes pins and a small trash can to hold lint and old dryer sheets (I always tear them in half.)
The little shelves were already there, built in. I hung the key rack there so we won’t chase keys around the house. The little flower pot holds spare change from the dryer – handy for grabbing on the way to church for candle money. The shelf below is a perfect rest for my purse.
What I haven’t figured out is what to do with all the coats in the winter…