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How to organize your hall closet

by respaced on July 29, 2011

The hall closet serves such a crucial purpose in a home and is often the first place you check when you get home, and the last place you check when you leave. That’s a lot of use. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for the hall closet to fall in disarray. How can you organize it better? I thought you would never ask …
1. Figure out what you need to store in there. Usually, it will be coats, jackets, winter gear and umbrellas. It might also be the only place you have to store sports gear, shoes or boots and the vacuum cleaner. If space is at a premium, put away the out-of-season coats and gear in a plastic tub under a bed or use a Space Bag to shrink it down.

2. I like to group coats and jackets by owner on the closet rod (e.g. all of Dad’s coats and jackets are hung together, all of little brother’s coats and jackets are hung together, etc). You certainly don’t have to do this, but it does make the closet look neater and helps family members find their stuff that much faster.

3. If you have room to store your winter gear in your closet, don’t leave it jumbled up in a tub in the corner. Hang a hanging shoe organizer on the back of the closet door and put each hat, scarf or set of mittens or gloves in each pocket. Designate one row per family member and label that row, so everybody knows where to instantly find his or her stuff.

4. Alternatively, you could also hang a purse organizer or hat organizer on the back of the closet door. You could also hang a towel bar on the back of the door to organize scarves. These devices are inexpensive and help open up the shelf and floor space to store other things.

5. So what do you do with the winter gear if you don’t have room to hang the shoe organizer on the door? Get three baskets, label one “hats,” one “gloves and mittens” and one “scarves” (if there is no room for using a towel bar) and place those baskets on top of the closet shelf. Make sure those labels are big and visible!

6. Teach little kids to hang up their stuff by installing coat hooks at their eye level just inside the closet to hang their jackets and backpacks. There are so many cute coat hooks available. Why not let your child choose the hook? He or she will be more likely to use it that way.

7. On the floor of the closet, place a shoe rack for everyday shoes. Or leave that space open to store the kids’ musical instruments and sports equipment. Be sure to store only the sports equipment for the sport they are currently playing. Remember, space is at a premium, so you have to be choosy about what gets a precious spot.

8. The secret to maintaining your organized hall closet is to go through it several times a year to weed out the items that aren’t being used or worn. The smaller the space, the more selective you have to be about what gets stored.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

a July 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Do you or have you had comments on how to keep the Kitchen Closet organized? Mine is the under the stairs kind that just goes straight back with deep shelves on the far side…..


MaryJo July 31, 2011 at 2:01 am

Hi A,

Thanks for reading and commenting. When you say the kitchen closet, do you mean a pantry? I recently blogged about pantry organizing here: If that's not what you mean, shoot me an email at with info about what you store in your kitchen closet, and I will see what I can dig up for you.


closet organizing June 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I will never be as organized as I would like to be!


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