This was a hard one for me because our entryway closet is kind of like a dumping ground (or should I say WAS like a dumping ground). 🙂 I don’t allow shoes to be worn in our house so most of our shoes are stored in the entryway closet and as you can see from the picture it really clutters up the closet. Believe it or not it used to look even worse before I bought the shoe hanger!
Here are the easy steps I took to de-cluttering our entry closet:
Step 1: Take everything out. It’s always easier to start with a clean slate so take everything out, then clean and vacuum the closet. Here is a pile of stuff that I threw in the garage sale pile. The cables were left in the closet when we bought the house, games we’ve never played and coats I never wear.
Step 2: Organize your items and then start putting them back in. You want similar items to stay together so if you have a lot of loose items use baskets to keep them together. Here’s an example, this basket is for my vacuum accessories and booties that I keep on hand for service workers (so that they don’t have to take off their shoes).
I put all the paint cans together and then in the cute basket I put all my touch up paint brushes.
Here is another picture of how I used baskets: extra TV cables and card games.
Step 3: Hang back up your coats and purses. I put my coats back in but this time I separated them–by the shoe organizer–from my purses and extra bags. This has made it so much easier to access all of my bags because I’m not searching through my coats looking for them! Now I actually have space to get my vacuum in and out easily and I also have an easily accessible spot for my weights and running shoes.
I am extremely happy with the transformation, it has made getting things in and out of the closet so much easier since I de-cluttered it!
Here’s another look at the before and after:
I can’t wait to hear about your transformations! Happy de-cluttering!