Don’t let your hall closet become a catchall for junk. Get it clean now and get out the door faster!
It’s common for a hallway closet to become an overflow storage area.
In an apartment, it’s typically near the front of your apartment. And when it’s near the entryway, it becomes very convenient to toss whatever you’d like in there.
But, instead of haphazardly throwing everything in there or letting it get overcrowded, have a plan in place.
The closet won’t serve you well unless you keep things organized.
Here are seven hallway closet organization secrets. It’s up to you to learn ways to use your hallway space and keep everything tidy.
1. Start From Scratch
Even if you already have stuff in the closet, remove everything from the space. You’ll have a harder time figuring out what to keep and what to get rid of if you pull out items at random.
It’s easier to start fresh instead of battling everything that’s inside. So, pull everything out and take things out of containers.
Being able to see everything clearly will help you assess what was in the closet.
After cleaning everything out, separate your belongings by category. Doing this will help you decide what to keep and what to toss.
After you have a plan in place, separate your belongings. Containers will keep things organized and easy to locate.
2. Take Notes
When you’re going through what’s in your hallway closet, take notes.
Since it’s a digital age, you may want to use your phone to take and store notes. Or, you could do it the old fashioned way by using a paper and pen.
Whatever method you go with, write down what you need or want in your closet.
It will help if you are strategic about what you decide to keep in there. If you run out of space, figure out which items you can move elsewhere in your apartment.
3. Get Rid of Duplicates
Most people have duplicates of certain items. The problem with extras is that they can take up precious space. For example, you may have extra batteries, tools, or several coats in your closet.
Instead of storing them all, keep what you plan to use the most and get rid of the rest.
If backups are necessary, try storing them in a different area in your apartment.
Even if you like having a lot of things in your hallway closet, it isn’t always workable. Storing too many things results in disorganization again!
Instead, keep the items you plan to use the most in your hallway closet. It’ll be easy to grab and go, especially if it’s near your entryway.
4. Donate, Sell, and Recycle
Getting rid of duplicates is smart thinking. Who needs ten pairs of sunglasses when you only wear a few?
Take a second look at your belongings. It's necessary to consider what you should sell, donate, or recycle instead.
Only keep the items you use and purge the rest. Purging can create much-needed space, which can be a good and bad thing.
On the one hand, you’re freeing up space, which can make things less cluttered. But, now, with more space, you may get tempted to cram more stuff in there.
Instead of succumbing to the Closet Dark Side, only add belongings that you tend to use. Otherwise, getting more things will defeat the purpose of getting rid of things.
If you do end up overstuffing again, start back at step one. In time you’ll get the hang of keeping things tidy in your closet!
5. Add in Shelves
If you don’t have enough shelves, consider adding a few more. In a hallway closet, shelving is the perfect storage solution.
Having enough shelving will make it easy to add containers and baskets. You’ll need them to store all sorts of things from games to tools.
And, a hall closet works well for storing extra clothing. Sometimes it’s easier to fold them and put them in a container instead of hanging everything up.
Don’t underestimate the power of installing a few more shelves to store those extra items!
6. Give Items You Use the Most Prime Placement
Think about what you use the most. You might use a few jackets or shoes regularly.
These items should have prime placement in your hall closet.
Having them front and center will make it easy to grab whatever you need in a jiffy. If they’re not near the front, you’ll end up messing up your closet, trying to locate them.
That’s why you should take care to figure out which items should have the best placement. Put items that you won’t use as much in the back.
7. Use an Over the Door Closet Organizer
And over the door organizer is perfect for storing smaller items. Think of all the things you can put in the compartments.
To keep things organized, put like items together in one compartment. It’ll be a lot easier to find and use items using this storage solution!
You can store items like cleaning products, batteries, and spare bulbs. If you want to be able to see what’s in each compartment, get one that has clear pockets.
If you decide not to get one with clear pockets, consider adding a label to each pocket. Adding labels won't be necessary if you can see items like sunglasses sticking out.
Use a system that works best for you and makes it easy to locate what you need.
Having a hallway closet is convenient, but it should stay organized so you can make use of its space.
So, even if it holds a vacuum cleaner, some coats, and hardware, make sure everything is well organized. It’ll be a lot easier to find things if you know where they’re at in your hall closet.
Randomly tossed items on the bottom of the closet floor never did anyone any favors. It can get too overwhelming to find things when you open up the closet door.
That’s why we hope these hallway closet organization secrets will do the trick. Once you get organized, you’ll never want to experience the disorganized chaos again!
Keep your handy hallway closet in order, and you’ll be so glad you made a point to work on it!
[Client bio]Caitlin Sinclair, Business Manager of Broadstone Oceanside, has been with Alliance Residential Company for over 5 years. She has extensive experience with a variety of properties, from large lease-ups to smaller, more urban assets.