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Hey there.

Welcome to Quarter-Life Living, my outlet to help others bring style and sophistication to their twenty-something homes. Everyone deserves to love where they live, no matter the square footage.

MAKE AN ENTRANCE

In my Kansas City apartment, I had this long, amazing hallway off the entrance that led to my kitchen and living room. Whether it actually buffered the sound or not, I'll never know, but it made me feel removed from the hallway and my neighbors - which obviously means I belted out Adele's "Hello" with zero shame (truly). 

Our Denver apartment doesn't have any type of entryway, sadly, which makes it a bit of a struggle to have much storage or decor to welcome us in (plus it means I've had to reduce my decibel level for my kitchen karaoke). While I may be lacking in the entry department at the moment, I am already dreaming up ideas for our first home. 

If you're lucky enough to have a dedicated entryway, or are looking to maximize limited space, here are some ways to make this area of your home practical and stylish:

1. CREATE A STASH STATION

If you have space for a console, then count your lucky stars! If not, don't sweat it - there are still other great options to add some much-needed organization. Try searching for a smaller cabinet, stand, or a floating shelf. This will help give you a dedicated spot for your keys, mail, and any other items that accumulate in this area. Pro tip: as always, try to find storage with drawers or doors to hide your items. The last thing you need is to come home to is a mound of clutter.

2. ADD A MIRROR

Even if you have a small one in a gallery of frames, you should definitely try to hang a mirror to check yourself before heading out the door. We've all had days when we've gotten to work and realized we still had a flake of breakfast in our teeth (damn chia seeds). Spare yourself the embarrassment.

3. FEATURE SOME FAVORITES

Leaving for work every day or, inversely, getting home after a brutal day at work can be hard. Use your entryway as a platform to display some of your favorite objects, whether it is a photo of you and your beau, or an inspirational art print. Whatever you choose, take this opportunity to bring a little sunshine to your soul when you need it most.

4. STOW FOR ON-THE-GO

This is a perfect spot for all of those on-the-go necessities. While keys are probably the first to come to mind, there are plenty of other things that should be kept here: sunscreen, umbrellas, gloves in winter, sunglasses, lip balm, your pet Tamagotchi, WHATEVER. You do you, just make sure it doesn't turn into a junk drawer. Take some time each month or, at the very least, each season to clear it out and get rid of unnecessary items.

And.... In true Quarter-Life Living fashion.... Here are some inspiration photos to obsess over.

OVERT COFFEE

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