a landing strip
Yesterday, I was lining up Aro’s various trucks and wagons near the front door and I started chuckling to myself. When did our apartment become a child’s garage? And if it was now a garage, I guess I’m the parking attendant. It really brought home how much the apartment is being transformed by Aro.
Apartment Therapy taught me about the importance of a “landing strip”. A landing strip is a space by your front door dedicated to the things you shuck off as soon as you walk in - coats, shoes, hats, keys, mail, and dog leads. A well thought out landing strip will save you from stuff being strewn across your house. This is so important because in small spaces, you are much more subject to the visual noise objects can create. To harmonise the noise, each object needs a place of its own.
Since Aro, the apartment’s landing strip has pretty much stayed the same. It’s just become a little more cluttered. There are bright ABC magnets on a locker that we bought from Big Save in anticipation of Aro’s arrival, knowing we would need more storage space. You can get a similar one in a range of colours from Shut the Front Door and Mocka. At the moment, the locker holds things like my yoga mat, Rob’s mountain biking gear, baby carriers and backpacks.
Aro’s little shoes are now perched on top of a beloved Trademe find, a vintage filing cabinet in which I keep stationery, ephemera and arts and craft tools. We also added a couple more inexpensive baskets to contain hats, gloves and the foldable trolley we use to haul groceries and large items from our car. And of course, there is Aro’s little carpark!
In summer, the heater will be put away in a closet. I also want to add a tray for keys and a place to put our mail (something like this Country Road napkin holder). I might also put up this print by my brilliant friend, Naomi, once I find the perfect frame. Let me know what you think of the “landing strip” concept. Is it something you already have in your home? If you want to create one, check out this guide.