The goal of homeowners everywhere should be to have not only functional, but beautiful entryways.

The reasoning is simple. For most families, entryways see a lot of traffic. And it can easily become a dumping ground. They house shoes, coats, purses, and keys, as well as often used toys and tools.

And for every home, the entryway is the very spot where guests and buyers will form their first impression. This means disorganized is out and clean is in. Let's look at a few simple design and organization tips that can take your entryway from shab to fab.

The key to a clutter-free entry is storage. Option one would be built-in cabinetry. Pick materials and colors that follow the design ascetic of your home. Traditional homes look great with clean, white cabinetry and simple pulls. A more eclectic home can dare to use colorful patterns and bold hardware. Hang and fold your items and then shut away the clutter.

If you don't have room for built-ins, then consider a free-standing shelving unit with cubbies. Baskets are an attractive way to keep everything from mittens and hats to ball gloves and racquets organized. And use smaller cubbies for shoes!

Have even less space? Even simple hooks can have a great organizing effect.

The next tip is to have some sort of seating. Make an inviting spot for children to sit while removing winter boots. Bench seating with storage underneath can be a perfect combination of functionality and looks, and you can add a pop of color with a colorful cushion.

Pay careful attention to flooring choices in your entryway. You want something that is durable and hides dirt easily. A popular trend in today's home is slate tile, with its dark hues doing wonders for masking dirt.

If your entryway is more formal and you choose not to have any cabinets, then be sure to hide away coats and clutter in the nearest closet. A simple console table with drawers can be used to hold keys and phones. Consider installing a docking station in the drawers of the table to hide chargers and cables for iPods and phones.

These simple tips can make a big difference in keeping your entry organized.

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