Ugh. Backpacks, jackets, shoes, and whatnots are the bane of many an entryway’s organization and tidiness. Now that school is back in full-force, moms and dads everywhere can use a little extra help keeping their home’s first impression neat and usable. Today’s DIY tips offer some fantastic ways to create a nook out of simple materials that will prove to welcome everyone home in a decorative, organizable manner. Oh, and please…wipe your feet before you come in.

{Bookcase nook}: three simple and personally labeled bookcase units filled with baskets and adorned with hooks make for a perfect nook. Photo:

{Wall nook nook}: this once empty “what-do-we-do-with-this-wall-nook?” space is sensibly transformed with bead board, hooks, and bench pad. Photo:

{Letter Nook}: installing family member’s first name letter hooks, a chair and sideboard is all it takes to create something fabulously useful.

{Bench nook}: placing a bench and hooks by the front door equals instant nook. I especially love the baskets with family member photos to keep everything in its place. Photo:

{Shelf nook}: installing a simple shelf creates a wonderfully organized and easy-to-find-stuff entryway. Photo:

{Crate nook}: hang painted wooden boxes and neat things will happen…add wheels, and you’re golden. Photo:

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