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Back To School For Your Home: The Landing Zone

Picture this: You have just come home from school. You are ten. And you are starving! You have a coat and some shoes and a backpack that hasn’t been zipped up all the way and it is bursting with paperwork and colored pencils that somehow fell out of their box and you are peeling it all off in a mad dash for the cookie jar and your mother shouts at you, “Wait! Put those things where they belong first!”

Every house has a landing zone, whether it is on purpose or not. Sometimes your landing zone is the five square feet surrounding the door, with coats and shoes and flyers lounging about like a bunch of hippies. Other times your landing zones are the embodiment of June Cleaver in pearls and high heels, perfectly organized and arranged just so, and your children respect the landing zone, and backpacks are hung on hooks and shoes are stored correctly and important papers never get lost.

Generally we fall somewhere in between, is what I have noticed anyway.

After the jump, I’ve pulled some inspiring images to help us make sense of our own landing zones, whichever end of the spectrum they, uh, land on.


  • FIRST YOU’RE GONNA NEED SOME STORAGE 1 of 12
    FIRST YOU'RE GONNA NEED SOME STORAGE
    Might I suggest these, from the upcoming Missoni for Target line?
  • A PLACE FOR COATS AND BOOK BAGS 2 of 12
    A PLACE FOR COATS AND BOOK BAGS
    Of course there's the old coat rack. Old fashioned, stately, and welcoming. Many even have dedicated space at the bottom for storing wet umbrellas.
  • A PLACE FOR COATS AND BOOK BAGS 3 of 12
    A PLACE FOR COATS AND BOOK BAGS
    Or, how about on the wall? This is our preferred method for coat storage (we have an entire wall dedicated to coats in our current place, as we have no closets).
  • CUBBIES FOR SHOES, PERHAPS? 4 of 12
    CUBBIES FOR SHOES, PERHAPS?
    It seems once you've moved past three pairs of shoes by the front door it's time to get serious about things.
  • REMEMBER TO KEEP IT PRETTY 5 of 12
    REMEMBER TO KEEP IT PRETTY
    What do you need to have handy at your landing zone? Keys? Bags? Coats? Blankets for toweling off Fido? Your tennis racket? More than likely you don't need your favorite citrus plant, but that is exactly what keeps this space feeling homey and well-loved, and every space should get to feel that way, don't you think?
  • SKATE BOARDS ONLY 6 of 12
    SKATE BOARDS ONLY
    The only rule of landing zones is that you make the rules. Is that how that saying goes?
  • STATEMENT PIECE 7 of 12
    STATEMENT PIECE
    You could get some massively organized files going in that bad boy.
  • PICNIC READY 8 of 12
    PICNIC READY
    I like to have whatever I use most living at the door full-time. If that were picnic supplies, how lovely would my life be then?
  • ONE FILE FOR EACH CHILD 9 of 12
    ONE FILE FOR EACH CHILD
    Kids come home with an odd assortment of papers--flyers, order forms, homework, permission slips--I love the idea of having a magazine file to catch all the loose leaf, organized by person, so you always know where Bobby's homework is. I mean, most likely is.
  • PURPOSEFUL CLUTTER 10 of 12
    PURPOSEFUL CLUTTER
    Not all of us are the types to keep things especially tidy, and who cares? I keep coming back to this image for it's orderly chaos. And for the way yellow makes a recurring statement.
  • STORAGE AND ART 11 of 12
    STORAGE AND ART
    Bringing an element of lovely to the purely functional is a great way to help you keep the functional on this side of pretty.
  • JUST WHAT YOU NEED AND NOTHING MORE 12 of 12
    JUST WHAT YOU NEED AND NOTHING MORE
    Just because you can keep all your shoes in the entry way doesn't mean you should. Tailor it to suit exactly your needs--nothing more, nothing less.

All images via Pinterest.

For more Back To School topics and inspirations, see these posts on Inspiring Desks, creating a Killer Wardrobe on a Budget, and Replenishing Your Cleaning Arsenal.

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