If your New Year’s resolution is to be cleaner and more organized, read this. These hallway organization tips will help you be more productive in the new year!
Is your hallway closet a mess? Is it overrun by items like coats, extension cords, hats, and other accessories?
We get it — organizing your close is hard. Sometimes, it feels impossible to find a place for everything.
But if you take enough time to get your closet in order, you won’t regret it.
You’ll know exactly where everything is, and you’ll be glad you took the time to organize it.
And, when you head out the door, you won’t have to dig through a bunch of clutter to find anything. No one likes wasting time figuring out where their favorite pair of gloves ended up!
Check out some tips to help you get started as you figure out the best way to handle the mess. These hallways closet organization secrets will cut some stress out of your life in the new year.
Now it’s time to get to work!
1. Group Items by Category
It’s hard to find things in your closet if you don’t group them by category. You shouldn’t have to sort through stacks of jackets to find a sweater or vice versa.
To take it one step further, organize items by season. Keep your winter items on one side of the closet, your fall items on another, and your spring rain jackets together.
If you are short on space, you may only have enough room for current seasonal items. But if you have a little bit more room to spare, break down your clothing and accessories by season.
Then, you’ll always know exactly where to find something when you need it.
And if you keep non-clothing items such as cleaning supplies in your closet, group them together too. Cleaning is already enough of a chore, and you shouldn’t have to move clothing or shoes out of the way to reach your vacuum cleaner!
2. Store Items by How Frequently You Use Them
Store the things you use most often toward the front of your closet. Items like jackets, gloves, and other current seasonal items should be in the front.
If you only pull out that extension cord every so often, you shouldn’t keep it at the front of your closet. It should be in the back!
The same goes for items like beach towels and flip flops too. Unless you use them every day, it’s okay to store them toward the back of your closet.
And while we’re on the topic of flip flops (ahem), it might be time to give some away. If you have a stack of sandals that you never wear, do yourself a favor and free up some closet space by getting rid of a few pairs.
3. Make Use of Hooks
When you don’t have a lot of space in your hallway closet, wall hooks can be your best friend. By simply mounting a few hooks on your closet door or hallway walls, you can open up a whole new world of storage space!
Hang your umbrella on one of your command hooks, and you’ll know exactly where it is on rainy days.
Similarly, hanging your scarves on these hooks makes them easier to access. And the same goes for other accessories you want to be able to grab on the go.
It’s easy to neglect the space on your doors. But, if you make use of your doors with hooks, you’ll find you have more space inside your closet!
4. Figure Out Effective Shoe Storage
If you plan to store your shoes in your hall closet, don’t just toss ‘em in there. Instead, put some thought into how you store them.
Here are a few ideas:
Measure your closet to figure out which shoe shelves will work best.
If you have a lot of high-heeled shoes, make sure to buy shelves that can fit them. It’s better to put boots and high heels on the bottom racks of your shelves and shorter shoes on the top racks.
If you only have a few pairs of tall shoes, such as rain and fashion boots, consider storing them elsewhere.
Using shoe cubbies in your hall closet is another idea. Shoe cubbies can go on the closet floor or the shelves on top.
You can shoe shelves based on shoe type so that flip flops and work shoes stay separate. It’s surprising how many shoes a cubby can hold!
5. Expand Your Closet
If you do a full closet overhaul and still feel like there isn’t enough space, don’t get upset. There are plenty of ways to expand your closet.
For example, you can always remove the door. This will allow you to fit more items into the closet.
And if you don’t want to see the inside of your closet whenever you enter the house, you can add a curtain for some privacy.
Sidenote: If you do this, make sure there’s a way to put the door back on before you move out. And don’t lose any door parts, or you’ll have to replace them.
You might also consider putting a dresser outside of the closet. Just because some items won’t fit in the hallway closet doesn’t mean you can’t keep them nearby.
Figure out a solution so you can use your hallway closet effectively. There are methods for taking full advantage of your space without overcrowding it. If there’s a will, there’s a way!
No matter how small your hallway closet is, you can make it organized and functional.
Organizing clothing and accessories is essential. After all, you want to know where you stashed an item, right?
Wall hooks make it easy to grab items on the go. And keeping like items together makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Even though there are a lot of “secrets” in this article, you probably have a few of your own. Share your wealth of knowledge with your friends and family so they can have organized homes, too.
If you haven’t done so already, sort through the things in your closet (and the rest of your apartment) and get rid of the clutter. Decluttering every once in a while makes for a stress-free environment.
When you get to relax in a neat and tidy apartment, you’ll be far more productive. I have faith in you!
Working with Bria, Dominique Daniels has more than five years of experience in the multifamily industry. In her free time, you will find her enjoying life on the Lake and spending time with friends.