How to Organize a Hallway

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IHow to Organize a Hallways the hallway to your apartment or house in need of an organizing makeover?

Hallways are the entry points to our homes (and offices) and deserve just as much organizing attention as any other living space.

In this post, I offer a few tips to help you sort things out and get your hallway organized.

 

Remove items that don’t belong in the hallway.

Typically, a hallway will house items such as jackets, coats, shoes and the like.

It’s not uncommon to find transitory objects in the space (outgoing mail or clothes for donation, anyone?), but by no means should these items take up permanent residence.

Take a walk through your hallway and relocate any materials that obviously belong in another room of the home, such as out of season clothing, sports equipment, items from a recent shopping trip, as well as any other items that need to be trashed, recycled, or donated.

Carve out functional zones. 

Now’s the time to define all the different mini zones in your hallway from the main entrance outward. Depending on your home, your hallway may serve double or triple duty, acting as storage for outdoor clothing, personal belongings, and a leash for Fido. Begin by allowing enough room for the main door to be fully opened, working your way towards the center of the home.

A few common zones include: storage for coats and jackets, shoes; accessories such as gloves, hats, scarves, sunglasses and umbrellas; bags and backpacks, house and car keys, cellphones, chargers, wallets; and a place to temporarily store incoming and outgoing mail, leashes for dogs and the like.

Reassess and find proper storage options. 

Now that you’ve got your hallway mapped out, it’s time to find some storage solutions. When it comes to narrow spaces such as hallways, vertical storage makes a lot of sense.

Look for options to store materials vertically, including wall mounted coat racks and shelving, waist-high tables or chests with storage compartments. Make use of all existing space; for example, if you have a long bench, you could use baskets or containers underneath to store gloves, hats and umbrellas.

Remember, you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to finding storage options. Maybe there’s an an old coatrack lying around your home, or a tall narrow bookcase that could be converted into a shoe and accessory storage area, or maybe your jam-packed hall closet just needs a thorough decluttering to get rid of coats or jackets you no longer wear to free up some much needed storage space.

How about you? Have you ever considered your hallway as a must-organize space? Why or why not?  Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.