Organize a Small Entry Closet
Contain drop-zone clutter for a streamlined appearance -- and easy upkeep -- in your entry closet. These affordable small-closet ideas are the key to swift arrivals and departures.
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Clean and Clutter-Free
Take a coat closet from messy to manageable with a few simple swap-outs. Ditch the basic rod in favor of adjustable shelves that allow you to divide and conquer storage needs, then stock shelves with practical products that prompt organization.
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Devote an upper section of the closet to in-season outerwear. A partial rod turns previously unused space into prime real estate. Categorize hanging garments by type, season, or family member with clothespins and cardboard tags.
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Corral sports equipment in a generously sized laundry hamper on the closet floor. A sturdy basket with handles is easy for all family members to use, and the lack of a lid allows for tall accessories -- such as tennis rackets -- to be stored.
Easy Ways to Organize Your Closet
It's simple to declutter your closet with these five must-know organization tricks.
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With right-size containers, it's easy to keep tangled cords and missing chargers to a minimum. Fill small drawers or photo boxes with electronic accessories, then label the drawers for items within.
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Office accessories make a slim closet shelf work harder. An in-box and out box fashioned near the entry manages the flow of daily mail. Use a stack of letter trays to bring order to papers that aren't time-sensitive, such as items to be filed and reading materials.
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Keep everyone in the family on task with a calendar displayed inside the closet door. A dry-erase version is easy to update on the fly. Use magazine holders for schedules, messages, and shopping lists.
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Keys to Success
Find keys every time by giving them a safe home on a closet sidewall. Use a simple hook rack to accommodate a medley of keys -- cars, house, mailbox -- in an easy-to-remember spot.
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Street dirt stays off the floor with a shoe tray placed at the bottom of the closet. Choose a design that's easy to rinse and wipe clean.
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Shop This Look!
Love the products in this story? Shop the look to give your own closet a colorful, clutter-free makeover!
BONUS: Small Entryway Command Center
Pack in entryway storage beyond the closet with a fit-anywhere command center.