What would you wish for if you had a home renovation genie? Perhaps one of your wishes would be to get your hallway closet perfectly organized.
It’s nice having a hallway closet where you can store shoes, jackets, and other things. But at this moment, there’s too much going on when you open your closet doors!
Even though having a magic closet genie would be ideal, you’re going to have to work your magic.
Luckily, you have it within you to create an incredible and functional hallway closet!
Here are seven organization tricks that will help you make all your closet wishes come true:
1. Follow the Two-Box Rule
Since you’re trying to prevent an avalanche situation, it’s best to follow a two-box rule.
This rule says that you should only keep two boxes in your closet at any given time. That way, you’ll limit the amount of clutter in your closet space.
To make this technique even more effective, get two boxes in the same size. Then you can stack them without having to worry about them falling down in the middle of the night.
Do yourself a favor and stick to the two-box rule. Your closet will be better off if you only stack a couple of boxes at a time.
2. Put Rolled-Up Magazines in Boots
Floppy boots that don’t stay upright can put a damper on your closet space. But, there’s hope, and it comes in the form of old magazines.
All you have to do is roll up some old copies of Vogue, National Geographic, or any other magazine and slip them into your boots when you’re not wearing them. The magazines will push up against the ankles of the boots and keep them in shape!
Who would have thought that rolled-up magazines are the secret to preserving your footwear and keeping your closet organized?
Now, to keep your boots looking great, you should put them on the floor toward the front of the closet. Even though magazines will help keep them upright doesn’t mean other items can’t push them onto their sides.
So, keep your boots away from long, hanging jackets and other things that could force them over.
Now your boots are ready to complete any outfit at a moment’s notice! Isn’t that cool?
3. Add a Bag Rack
The hallway closet is a good place to keep bags. But between backpacks, luggage, and gym bag, it can get very messy, very quickly.
A bag rack in your closet can help you keep your bag collection in order. From overnight bags to purses, a bag rack can handle them all.
You should add the rack behind the door. That way, it won’t take up valuable space on your closet rod, but you’ll be able to access your bags when you need them.
Put your favorite bags and purses toward the front. It’ll be easier to get to them without having to remove several other bags first. And hang it at eye level, too, so you can see it as soon as you open the door.
Once you have a bag rack in your closet, it’ll become your new BFF!
4. Rotate Your Clothing Seasonally
If there are seasonal coats, boots, and scarves in your closet, you should create a rotation system. This will make it easy to swap things out as the seasons change.
Right now, you may have winter wear in your closet. But winter won’t be around forever (thank goodness), so you should keep your spring and summer clothing on standby.
Your spring and summer containers should contain all of the things you need to enjoy warm weather. For example, you might have bathing suits, sandals, and other clothing items inside them.
Remember where you put the boxes, and it’ll be easy to retrieve them when the snow starts to melt.
5. Use a Color-Coded Hanger System
If you want to be able to sleep a few minutes later in the morning, put a color-coded hanger system in place.
Try separating jackets by occasion (i.e., casual or fancy) using different colored hangers. If you know what each color stands for, it’ll be easy to find what you need.
For example, you might hang all of your work jackets on green hangers. That way, you can immediately go to the green section as you’re heading out to work. You won’t have to waste any time sorting through your other clothes to find what you want!
All in all, it’s a good idea to come up with a system that makes sense to you. It will help get you out the door faster and on your merry way!
6. Get Storage You Can See Through
Having a hallway closet is all about accessibility. Wire baskets and see-through bins will make organizing your closet easy peasy.
If you use your hallway closet to store extra linens, having a wire bin will be especially helpful. Pulling items such as sheets or towels off the shelf will be simple when you can see where everything is.
7. Use Vacuum Storage Bags
Vacuum storage bags, otherwise known as space saver bags, can open up a lot of room in your closet.
Basically, all you have to do is put your clothing into the bag and squeeze out the air. The bag will compress your garment so it takes up a fraction of the amount of room it usually would.
People use vacuum storage bags for travel, but they also work well for bulky things like winter jackets.
So if you have a lot of big, clunky items taking up your valuable closet space, get some vacuum bags. You can compress the items down and store them away until you need them!
Just because you don’t have a genie to organize your closet doesn’t mean you can’t do it yourself. By applying these tricks, you can make your wish come true!
Soon, you’ll have the space-efficient closet you’ve always wanted. And everything will have a home, so you’ll know exactly where to find things when you need them.
Come up with a master plan on how to best store and organize the items in your closet. And once your closet is organized, you’ll want to get the rest of your apartment in order, too!
Angus Flynn has five years of experience in managing high-end apartment communities. His ability to consistently deliver white-glove service to his residents and prospects has propelled him into a successful career that now finds him leading the team at Jefferson Silverlake, a luxury apartment complex in Grapevine, TX.