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Reclaim Your Closets: 17 Brilliant Hall Closet Organization Ideas

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What’s in your hall closet? Can you accurately answer this question? Really?

Traditionally, the closet in the front hall was intended solely as a place for coats, jackets and other weather-related items. However, times have changed.

Today, the hall closets in many homes and apartments are filled with an astonishing number of things not remotely related to coats, hats or umbrellas. Sporting goods, ironing boards, vacuum cleaners, last year’s Christmas decorations, a dozen spare extension cords–the list of what is now in our hall closets seems to go on and on. If this describes your hall closet, wouldn’t you love to get organized and reduce the clutter?

Today we’re sharing hall closet organization ideas for all kinds of closets–whether you’re storing linens, utility items and cleaners or traditional coats and outerwear. Let these 17 closet before-and-afters motivate you to declutter and straighten up those storage spaces.

Hall Closet Organization Ideas to Save Space (and Your Sanity)

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The Coat Closet

The coat closet always seems to be an overstuffed mess. Organizing shoes, coats, bags, hats and mittens will help ease the winter morning routine.

1. Hook it up.

A coat closet stuffed full of hangers is always a mess. Those coats never seem to stay put! Swap out a closet rod for a hook hanging system. These coat closets look so much more neat and functional. Plus, kids and adults are more likely to hang their coats on a hook than a hanger.



This version from The Real Housewives of Riverton accommodates everyone in the house, big and small.

2. Pitch the piles.

Getting your stuff off the floor instantly eliminates visual clutter. On the other hand, shoes thrown at the bottom of a closet create an instant mess.

Try a peg wall for shoe storage. Simplify the morning routine by making sure shoes are right next to their partners and easy to grab. This solution from Saw Dust Girl keeps all footwear in its place.



If you aren’t much of a handy DIYer, add shoe bins to keep kids’ kicks in order. Gina at Camp Clean used clear plastic drawer storage and personalized each drawer with a photo. That’s certainly an easy and adorable shoe organization method.



Do you need some ways to store those winter boots? Here are three simple ways to store boots and save some space.

3. Use every available inch.

Adding behind the door storage adds to your closet’s square footage. Placing bins, baskets or even just simply a hanging shoe rack will give alternative storage space for smaller items.

Chelsea from Two Twenty One added storage to a blank space in her closet by hanging rods with command hooks to the inside of the closet door.



Angela over at blue i style keeps hats and mittens properly placed with an over the door shoe rack.

The combination of baskets and hooks on the door of this closet by Made 2 Make is so functional. This simple addition to her coat closet keeps mail out of the way but also in plain sight.

4. Add shelves wherever you can.

Create more spaces for bins and shoes by adding shelves and cubicles where there would normally be wasted space. Look under or above the space where you hang coats for space for a new shelf.

This coat closet makeover from Green Street has extra storage at the top and bottom of a closet, creating a more functional place to store shoes and other items.



The Utility Closet

There’s nothing like having to dig out cleaning supplies from an overstuffed closet to make you lose all motivation for cleaning before you even begin. If your hall closet doubles as a utility closet, we feel for you. Here are some tips for keeping this shared closet orderly and your supplies right at your fingertips.

1. Pretty up a pegboard.

Placing all your cleaning utensils on a pegboard keeps things off the floor and easy to spot when you need them. Check out this utility closet Missy put together on her blog Lookie What I Did. Such an attractive method to organize her tools.

2. When in doubt, use a basket.

Corral all cleaning supplies into one basket for an easy grab-and-go solution. These designated, room by room cleaning baskets from Home Made by Carmona’s hall closet house specific cleaning items for certain rooms or areas of the home. You can grab and go to the room armed with all the utensils you need to specifically clean bedrooms, bathrooms or your kitchen. Ursula suggested hanging them from a tension rod with hooks. She has even tucked a cleaning checklist in each basket.

Want to include cleaning checklists in your hall closet baskets? Here are some printable checklists to get you started: Daily, Weekly and Monthly Cleaning Checklists for your Whole Home

3. Add a tension rod to hang brooms, mops and dusters.

Keep your cleaning supplies from falling all over the place by keeping them up in a handy spot.  Hooks on the back of a door or a tension rod with hooks is a successful storage solution. When in doubt, adding hooks on the back of a door is space saving.

4. Think outside of the box.

Organization is all about working with what you have to find creative solutions that work for your specific needs. This shoe rack turned into a paper towel holder has your paper towels ready to clean up spills in a jiffy. Maybe not the most necessary organization idea for you, but it is certainly creative!

The Linen Closet

If your hall closet is home to linens, we have some ideas for you, too. Linen closets are usually a small space in every house, so it becomes very easy to just stuff in sheets and towels and forget about it. Once that door closes, the mess is out of sight and out of mind–until you have to find what you’re looking for the next time you go in there.

Having items in bins and baskets creates a more organized space and a linen closet where anyone can put away linens easily. Here are a few linen closet organization ideas to try.

1. Roll instead of fold.

In a home with children, and even for some adults, folding towels and fitted sheets into the perfect square is a chore in itself. So why not roll your linens? Just as it does in a suitcase, the rolling method creates more space and you do not have to worry about an imperfect fold. Carmel from Our Fifth House rolls fitted and flat sheets and sticks them into fabric bins.

2. Did we mention baskets?

Weather your roll or fold, placing like items in baskets will add extra space to every shelf. Also,  placing small items in a basket or an under shelf crate will maximize your shelf area. Sorting and separating will keep you organized when you store in attractive bins.

3. Invest in item-specific organizers.

Add space for unique and hard to organize items by seeking out specific organizers sold online or at a home goods store. For example, never misplace your gift wrapping supplies again after buying one of these mounted wrapping paper caddies.

Bonus: On the topic of gift wrapping, here gift bags are organized by being suspended under a wire rack with hooks. If you have wire shelving in your hall closet, have you ever thought to hang hooks from the bottom for extra storage? Inventive!

4. Divide and conquer.

Tricia and Jason at Simplicity in the South use dividers in their linen closet to keep sheets in place. Dividers like this would also be perfect for towels, too. A stack won’t fall out of place when a divider has got its back.


Read Also: 8 Linen Closet Storage Hacks to Help You Stay Organized

Multipurpose Hall Closet Makeover

What happens when you only have one closet that has to be all the closets? If you live in a home where your hall closet has to be a multipurpose storage space, here are some solutions from my own closet makeover to keep everything organized and easy to find.

1. Unify the space with a color theme.

Here is our hall closet. It serves as extra pantry space, the pet supply area, a linen closet, a utility closet and a game storage space. As you can see, the before was a mess of everything all over the place.

Creating a color scheme sound silly but here is my “after.” Since this closet is a drop zone for so many different items, creating a unified color scheme helps it look less cluttered. Do you agree?

I rolled linens into attractive baskets, placed like pantry items into cute bins and organized all the paper products together. This color-coded bin method isn’t only more efficient, but it also simply looks like the closet is well organized and helps my family find what they are looking for.

2. Create zones.

I dedicated zones–basically corners and shelves–to a certain purpose. I now have a game/kid area, a pantry space, a linen area and a space for cleaners. This helps me find what I need quickly because I know what section of my multipurpose closet to go to when looking for a specific item.

3. Eliminate the extra.

Is there anything in your closet that can be consolidated or gotten rid of completely? Try to rid yourself of bulky boxes or storage containers that take up too much room. Removing the games from their boxes added more shelf space in my closet. Having them stored in smaller containers makes them easier to pull out and put away, plus, rids the closet of a lot of extra chaos.

This method of eliminating the excess also helps for items like batteries and paper products. Why keep the bulky and oddly shaped battery packaging when I can fit the batteries into a concise bin that matches the rest of my closet? Changes like this help the space look much more organized.

4. Add labels!

There’s nothing worse than taking the time to purge and organize a space if your family is just going to destroy it again after a week or so of use. Labels can keep your sanity and your family members in the loop. If you can’t see what is in the basket or bin, label it. This helps you find what you need quickly and also helps other members of your household keep the closet as orderly as they found it.

Are you organizing pantry items in your closet? Get free pantry labels here.

5. Organize board games with office supplies.

Instead of only looking for bins and baskets in the organization area of the store, search in office supply areas or the bathroom storage aisle. The perfect resolution for an organization problem may be where you normally wouldn’t look. For example, these document folders ended up being the best storage solution for board games and puzzles.

Small office storage bins keep tiny pieces within reach while these mini file folders were practically made for Monopoly money.

An organized closet in a home can be the first step to keeping the rest of the home in order. When you have an orderly and attractive storage area, it may inspire you to keep up with your scheduled chores. Also, having a closet where everything is in its proper place and easy to find can get other family members inspired to declutter, too.

About the Author

Kendra Yoho

I am a stay at home mom to 3 wild, courageous girls. Married to my best friend. A Midwesterner at heart; living in the Southwest. I enjoy shopping (too much), a DIY project, and singing or rapping in my car like no one is watching. I want to be an adventurous traveler, but these days you will most likely find me snuggled in bed watching a scandalous hour long drama.