Hello friends! Are you ready to brace yourself? I’m about to show you one of the most disorganized areas in our house. But I promise if you stick around for a while, I’ll show you the after photos: An Organized Small Hallway Closet (Before and After).
Initially, the hallway closet was used to store small tools and extra items like cleaning supplies, bulbs, and batteries (at least that’s how it was when we bought the house). Then, I started adding up things and making myself a promise that one of these days, I’ll block time in my calendar to organize it making it more functional. Days, weeks, and months had gone by, and it’s getting worse. Then, it occurred to me last week that we’ve been here for six months already, and so it’s about time to make this happen. I know it’s not an acceptable excuse but for my defense, the entire six months were well spent doing one project after another.
You can see in the before photos how cluttered and disorganized the things were. They almost looked like trash in the closet. It’s awful, and I’m embarrassed! The good thing about this is I’m here to show you the after photos. It exhibited my hard work and commitment to turn this around which I’m hoping you can use for inspiration. The before and after photos are my favorites. It’s because it gives me a sense of relief that even the worst space has a chance for improvement.
Our small hallway closet is in the back area of the family room near the guest bedroom and guest bathroom. After organizing this space, I’ve developed a system for separating the items immediately after shopping. If it’s for our use, then it goes to our extra closet in the master bathroom, and whatever is left goes to the hallway closet for easy access.
In my post regarding our pantry makeover, I mentioned that I used Help MyShelf to eliminate the wire shelves inherited problems like tipping and falling items not to mention the potential marking. But most importantly, it is intended to help enhance the look of the shelves and make it more functional. For this small closet, it only took me about 30-minutes extra to install it. The Help MyShelf is an easy installation project, and it’s reasonably priced. And, oh! What’s cool about it is, it’s “Made in America.”
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See photos for comparison between wire shelves with and without Help MyShelf.
Since this closet is small, I decided to add a closet maid door rack for additional storage. I used the adjustable 8-tier rack, 12-inch width. It’s no hassle installing, so that helped. This holder is solely for items that are regularly used but considered extra for the time being like cleaning and bathroom supplies, Chase grooming items and more.
Each shelf has two baskets for storage except on the third shelf where I used a bin and magazine file holders to store Chase grooming items. These baskets are the same style with what I used in our pantry except that these are larger size. Every piece looks clean, and with a white finish, nothing can go wrong. How did I organize the items?
The ones at the top are lighter and easy to handle like bulbs, boxes of Kleenex, etc. I designated the middle shelf for Chase (our 5-yr old Shih Tzu) grooming items and I intentionally used a 19.7 x 15.7-inch canvass storage bucket with text (typically used for clothes toys) to give the space a pop. It’s cute! I also added two magazine holders for his other items that can’t fit in the bucket. The lower shelves are for cleaning supplies which I used 5-baskets total to store them all.
Then, I labeled each basket except for the one dedicated for Chase. I created a simple design using Microsoft Word. Then, I used twine to tie it in the baskets. The results? See it for yourself.
TIPS TO STORE EXTRA ITEMS
1) Purge like you mean it. If you don’t use the items within six months, chances are you don’t really need it at all. Then, it’s time to decide which goes for KEEP, DONATE, and TOSS.
2) Organize items by category. For example, cleaning supplies; floor, windows, bathroom, kitchen, etc. For items in the same category, it would be desirable to organize them by color, size, and shape.
3) Use the same bins and storage for a more organized and cleaner look. But I recommend using one or two that’s different to give the space a pop.
4) Place the lighter and easy to handle items on the top shelves. In case you need a piece, it would be safe to lift the storage bin.
5) Store the large items on the lower shelves. Remember, when organizing make sure to consider safety matters.
6) Label, label, label. Consider the convenience for your family and yourself. A month from now, you may not remember the items stocked in each bin.
7) If you’ve acquired items way more than you need, consider putting a halt on your buying habit. This is my husband’s favorite tip! 🙂
While this small hallway closet organization works for my family, I know that this might not be true to the other families since we all have different priorities and phases of life. My goal in each organization post is to share ideas and inspiration, and hopefully, you can pick one or two so you can implement it in your home.
I always welcome ideas and love learning from everyone. If you have any tips for organizing a small hallway closet, please leave your comment below. I’d love to hear them.
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