Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Behind-the-Door Storage

If you live in a space that is just big enough to contain your stuff and yourselves, like we do, organization can be a major issue (I swear, when we moved in, we were barely able to get all the boxes inside- I panicked at the thought of what it would look like once everything got loose). It's one thing to be able to get everything in the closet and close the door, and another thing entirely to be able to find anything, once it's in there. Sometimes you have to see organizing potential in unexpected places- like the back of the closet door. Every closet door in our apartment is outfitted on the inside with hanging canvas shoe organizers. I hang them on the inside of the door using picture hooks, instead of the over-the-door hardware that shows on the other side (and sometimes interferes with the way the door closes). The shoe-size pockets are the perfect size for holding all kinds of loose items, in every room.
Bathroom: Brushes, combs, hairdryers, curling irons, clips and rubber bands, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hairspray, extra makeup, medications.
Linen closet: Pairs of pillowcases, washcloths, hand towels, linen spray, and don't forget to stash a few bars of soap in there to make everything smell extra sweet.
Craft supplies: yarn, thread, needles, fabric bits, painting supplies...
Hardware: tools, screws and nails, extension cords, twine, wire, gardening supplies, packing tape, light bulbs, cleaning supplies.
Clothing: socks, nylons, bras, lingerie, jewelry, belts, scarves, gloves, oh yeah, and shoes, too.

The possibilities are limitless. Unlike your closet space.


Unknown said...

Great idea for the Casita :D

Anonymous said...

Where do you get the canvas show organizers from?

Lily said...

Oh yeah, I probably should have mentioned that! I bought mine at the Container Store, but they have them at Walmart and Kmart, too. And this one from the Home Decorator's Collection is really cute: