Small organizing projects that only take 30 minutes to a couple of hours.
When thinking of organizing a closet, everyone thinks about the basics of the inside of their closet: hanging rods, shelves, drawers, hooks, space for shoes, etc. One of the most under utilized locations for maximization of space is the CLOSET DOOR... or any door for that matter!
There are plenty of over-the-door products for organizing clothing, shoes, jewelry and household items. Think more about MAXIMIZING the space on the door by asking the questions: Which door do I need to maximize? What am I placing on it? Is it a linen closet door that needs more space for an iron, ironing board, and cleaning products? A pantry door to place the most frequently used items on? Or perhaps, the entry closet door in your apartment that must do the duty of a mudroom? Fortunately, there’s a solution for all of it and more!
Here are a few of my faves and some tips:
This over the door (OTD) drying rack from Target. What I love about this one is the mesh top for items that need to lay flat and it's only $15!!
The Container Store has a 3-tiered OTD drying rack that is nice also. It does not have a lay flat section, but it uses very minimal space.
Although these are drying racks, it can also be used to hang kids, or your own, painting projects that need to dry, or hang pieces of your latest sewing project. This allows to free up table top space.
This OTD organizer from Umbra is great because you organize different items and have a hamper that uses minimal space. Not only can you use it as shown on The Container Store's website, but also:
for kids toys
gift wrapping items
on the bathroom door for toiletries, towels, and extra toilet paper
college students can place this on one side of their high-off-the-floor bed, or bunk beds to organize their personal items or food & snacks
on the entry closet door to organize hats, umbrellas, reusable bags, dog walking items, etc.
This OTD organizer's clear pockets and top shelf makes it even more useful for smaller items. Great for:
kids & teens items or toys
arts & craft, sewing, and knitting organization
as shown for shoes & accessories
Now this fun & colorful organizer(different colors available) I love because it's perfect for grab-and-go items and it's only $18!
This would be a great addition to
your entry closet door
kids closet door
and even the panty door for snacks
I recently wrote about my Kitchen Refresh and there is another product from The Container Store I plan to buy soon for my Linen Closet door: the Elfa Over-the-Door racks which can be used for a multitude of organizational needs. Here is a gallery of my favorite uses for them, but evaluate what your needs are to decide which is the best solution for you.
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