02/05/13

How to Organize a Hall Closet

Most of us stash way too much in our hall closet for lack of a better storage solution. In a panic of not being able to find what we need amongst the chaos, we buy more of the same thing and it becomes just another layer in the hall closet.  Eventually the mess can’t be put off any longer!  My sister and I busted our little tail ends to get her closet space sorted and organized…the results are awesome!  It’s amazing what a few hours of time, a willingness to purge the inessentials, and a whole lot of storage boxes can do for a multifunctional hall closet gone wild!

Organizing-Hall-Closet-ItsOverflowing1How to Organize a Hall Closet (aka, taking an overgrown closet of randomness and changing it into a useable, functional space).

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Step One. Unload everything in the closet to get a good idea of the actual usable space, then draw a diagram of the shelf dimensions so you know what type of storage bins will work with the space.

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Step Two. Go shopping for storage bins. Large bins are necessary, but small bins often allow for better sorting. In the picture below, smaller bins were used to sort gift bags into specific categories: Christmas sacks, boy sacks, and girl sacks. Detailed organization helps cut the search time when taking care of chores in daily life.  It’s easier to know when specific gift bags need to be replenished when they’re in separate bins.  I love to buy Container Store bins – I’m not an affiliate, just a fan.

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Step Three. Purchase bins that…

• are the same brand so they stack easily.

• see-thru so you know what’s inside without opening or reading the label.

• will be sold in stores for years to come so you can keep with a system.

• come in a variety of sizes.

• I love to buy Container Store bins – I’m not an affiliate, just a fan.

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Step Four. Be willing to let go of items that you haven’t used over the last year and donate items that could benefit others.  Storage bins are often a great motivator for purging. Remember your goal is to have a manageable space.

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Step Five. Place like items into bins….a bin for pool towels, twin sheets, full sheets, king sheets, sewing, crafts, etc.

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Step Six. By organizing this hall closet in bins and purging unneeded items the closet holds…

• the items that were stashed previously.

• the contents of an additional dresser filled with craft supplies.

• and still has room to grow.

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Have you ever wondered if storage bins really optimize space? The answer is definitely YES!  My sister’s hall closet is totally blasting with order and there’s still room to grow!  It’s important to have everything you own in view, or it’s possible you’ll forget you ever bought it.

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Do you have any closets that you’re needing to sort through?!!

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Comments

  1. Anne says:

    I love storage systems that rely on bins or boxes, because it’s a great way to stay balanced between hoarding too much stuff and purging too much stuff. I know “purging too much stuff” sounds like a nice problem to have (ha!), but I have moved many times in the past few years, and having too little stuff can actually be a problem – imagine having to go out and buy new things for EVERY project you try, because you legitimately don’t own an old towel or an extra hanger.

    I love boxes because it lets you keep some things you’re not sure you’ll need (because as long as it all fits, the box will be taking up the same amount of space anyway), but as soon as the box starts overflowing you know it’s time to donate some items.

    • Anne says:

      Oh, and of course you have a beautifully organized system! I wish my closets were half as neat! Ha, I went off on an ode to boxes and forgot to compliment the whole inspiration for it.

  2. Storage in Sydney says:

    Clear plastic bins are the answer to every messy closet or drawers! This will surely make the closet look more presentable and I hope that the kids will be inspired to not around the closet so much! I will try to incorporate this in our pantry too!

  3. I totally needed this post right about now. You did an awesome organizing job. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW Linky party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

  4. Kathie says:

    Looks awesome! I’d like to invite you to link up to Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady!

    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-4-plus-a-giveaway

    Kathie

  5. Yes, yes, yes! I was just thinking about reorganizing my hall closet. It’s full of medicines, sheets, towels, and junk that we probably ought to toss or thrift away.

    I’d love if you shared this at my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/02/show-tell-13.html

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