Organizing Entryways & Front Closets {Organization Challenge Day 15}

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It’s going to officially be Fall in a matter of days, and it may already feel like it depending on where abouts you are. So guess what that means? It’s time to rearrange the hall closet. Unless of course you have a nice big closet with room for coats, shoes and boots for all seasons. I for one though, have a very small front closet, so each season I need to go through everything and pull out what we aren’t using.

Here are some tips that I found helped us a lot:

  1. Get some sort of shoe rack or organizer. There are so many different kinds but the one we found best for our little closet was the shelf kind. We were able to get many pairs of shoes nicely stored on there. On either side there is a bit of extra space where we store our taller boots.
  2. Bins. Yes those handy bins again! I bought 3 bins for the top shelf when we moved in here 2 years ago: one was mine, one was Steve’s and one was for the dogs. Hmmm. Now that Ava has her own outerwear collection she now needs her own bin. So there will be 4 bins up there soon. All the little things go into the bin: gloves, earmuffs, etc. (You’re probably wondering what’s in the dogs bin right? No, I do not have earmuffs for my dogs. haha! However I do have an assortment of little fleece coats, vests and other outerwear for them. Also extra collars are in there too.)
  3. Over the door hooks are amazing and so useful for small spaces. I think we must have some over almost every door in our house! Well, just about! We have hooks mounted to the inside of the closet door which I use to hang scarves and those reusable grocery bags on. Also we hang our umbrellas on there as well. Then for the over the door ones, we hang the dogs leashes, the baby’s Ergo carrier, and then a couple sweaters or coats that we wear often.  Whatever we need to have easy and quick access too without having to open the closet door.
  4. As far as the coats inside the closet, I rotate them so we only have the ones we are currently using for that season. This way it doesn’t get cluttered and we still have room to hang guests coats in there when they are over. I store all the extras in a big rubbermaid bin in the laundry room.

For some amazing ideas on reorganizing your front entry way, check out our pinterest gallery here

About Jessica Acs

Originally from Victoria BC, Canada, I'm now living in Chicago IL. I mostly just make mini albums now, and I’m the author of Memory Makers Book: “Outstanding Mini Albums”, 2009. I am a Certified Ranger Educator and I previously taught classes in Vancouver BC, as well as at Scrapbooking Conventions around the USA. I'm also an Exotic Animal Trainer/ Wildlife Educator and with my husband we do educational live animal shows for schools, parties and events. We literally have a small zoo at our home, with over 70 different animals. To add even more excitement to our lives, we recently became new parents when we welcomed our baby girl, Ava, in July 2012. As well as here at Homeketeers, I can be found over on my other 2 sites: www.jessicaacs.com and www.outstandingminialbums.com

Comments

  1. Your entry way is to die for! I love the baskets up top, really great use of space!

  2. Michelle Elizondo says:

    For me, I have to take it one day at a time with organzing and cleaning. Otherwise, I get so overwhelmed for no reason! lol.

  3. jennie sanderson @jenpsht says:

    I have the tiniest closet ever! We can put a few coats, a pair of bad weather shoes/boots for each of us, an umbrella and a scarf or a couple hats. Thats it!

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