Family Catchall Closet
When the family coat closet becomes the equivalent of the junk drawer, it's time to reorganize.
The closet by the back door ended up being a catchall crammed so full that homeowners Beth Eslinger and husband Brian Button often lost things. The cramped closet reached the ceiling but was so narrow and poorly planned that the overhead space was wasted. Mops, brooms, and cleaning supplies shared the space with coats and boots. In the made-over space, daughter Eva helps by keeping her hat and scarf on pegs set low on the door.
Too much height -- too little width.
Need a spot to put outdoor things away.
Too many items on too few shelves.
Install vertical supports in an L shape along two sides of the closet. Choose wire shelves in the maximum width to fit each space, positioning them at various heights. Store cleaning supplies, extra linens, and items in labeled boxes on separate shelves, and hang mops and brooms from hooks.