The front hall closet is the main storage area for yourself and guests. It can be a daunting to tackle and embarrassing to open when guests arrive. Ideally it is a space that can store items you need to grab quickly as you leave the house, but it often becomes a storage hole for items you rarely use and would never go looking for.
So what can you do to help minimize the clutter in this highly valued storage space.
Sort and edit down to the items you really need. In Toronto in the winter we use our coats every day. You probably rotate through a couple of coats depending on the weather or occasion. Keep only the coats you wear regularly in the front hall closet, move the others elsewhere.
Hang hooks by the front door. In my house we have hung hooks by the front door to accommodate quickly grabbing and hanging up our coats everyday. When we have company we move our coats into the closet to make room on the hooks for our guests. This prevents us from having to open the closet and your guests don’t have to guess where to put their coat or even worse draping them all over your furniture.
What kind of things are you storing in the front closet. Do you need extra hanging space or would extra shelving be a better option? I often suggest splitting the space with half hanging and half shelving. Coats are only half the problem, we also store winter accessories, workout gear, bags, umbrellas and other outdoor gear in the closet. If you think adding shelving is not in the budget consider the hanging shelves from Ikea that quickly add cubbies to store items. Or go one step up and get an Expedite bookcase from Ikea, stand it up and screw the other end of the hanging rod into the shelving unit. Voila you have shelving, hanging and you spent less than $100.
Get creative. A bright cheery color can go a long way. Paint the inside of the closet an accent color that will make you smile when you open the door. As a bonus do an accent color that matches your décor and it will seem like a part of the design scheme when the door is open.
Use the back of the door. The back of the door is another great place to add hooks. I can’t say enough about hooks. If you read my blog you know I am a huge fan of hooks. They work for coats, bags, scarves, umbrellas and any other items that need a home and need to be accessed quickly. If you are opposed to putting hooks outside of the closet this is another great place to put guest coats.
Now that you have sorted the closet and increased the overall function of it how can you maintain it? When you get home from work as you are walking in the door take stock of what you have in your hands and where it needs to go. Do it immediately when you walk in the door. If you have mail, recycle the junk and place the important items in a place when you will deal with it, immediately. Hang your keys on a hook by the door, hang up your coat and other accessories, put your purse on a hook etc. This will not only keep your front entryway tidy, but when you go to leave the house everything will be in it’s place ready to go, saving you valuable time in the morning.
If you have any suggestions or ideas to increase the function and beauty of the front hall closet write in the comment section below. We always love hearing your thoughts and ideas.