While I was at it, I realized we needed to clean up the sloppy front entrance to our house. We always wanted a nice entry way and now we have been in this house a year and a half and have a nice entry way that looks completely slovenly. I kept thinking we would get some sort of wardrobe to put there but it never happened.
This is a step in the right direction but I just need to keep control of the shoe situation.
Finally, the opposite side of the entry was getting pretty cluttered too. The fireplace screen is there to block the dog from getting to the cat's food. But I think it just looked cluttered.
Enter red leather bench! This solved a whole bunch of problems. I put all the hats and gloves that were cluttered around the shoes into the bench for easy access. The bench has the extra bonuses that we can move it into the living room for extra seating at parties and use it to take our shoes on and off in the entry instead of tromping dirt all over the house. We are still going to feed the cat here but I just move the screen blocking the dog in the kitchen to in front of the food when the dog is loose.
And the cat has a new place to perch too. Now I only have about 10 other spaces to tackle!