Typically a dumping ground for handbags, backpacks, soccer balls, vacuums, parkas and all other manner of paraphernalia, the hall closet can be a scary place. But it doesn’t have to be. Sure, it probably won’t ever look like a page out of a magazine, but a few inexpensive tools can make it functional and tidy. Even with husbands and children on the loose.
Our hall closet is small, but did come with built-in cubbies up one side. The other side has a hanging rod for coats. Rather than dump odds and ends any which way in the cubbies, I’ve designated a purpose for each one. I even went so far as to label (thanks allison!) each cubby to make it idiot-proof: Tools. Purses. Extra toiletries & travel size items. Take-along entertainment for kiddos ( board books, children’s magazines, a pencil case with crayons & stickers, etc.). Camera. First aid kit. The plastic bins (find them anywhere for a couple of bucks each) are easy to pull out when I need something, and prevent contents from falling onto the floor. If you don’t have cubbies, go with this or these, or install your own with a kit from the hardware store.
I really love the hanging shoe bag (also find these anywhere for about $15). I’ve praised its merits and many uses before, now you can see it in action. It hangs over the closet door and holds myriad tchotchkes in plain sight. The contents of ours changes with the seasons. Sunscreen, insect repellent will soon be replaced with mittens and hats. Out of season items are tossed in a basket on the very top shelf. Other pockets hold miscellaneous hardware like tiny screwdrivers, flashlight, lint brush, binoculars, purse extras like lip gloss and alcohol gel. Also a spare case of baby wipes, umbrella. The kinds of things that always get lost in a random drawer somewhere. I keep kid-friendly items in the bottom pockets–little toys from kids meals (yes, we eat those sometimes) and sidewalk chalk. Everything has a place, all in one place. Bliss.
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