Welcome to the entry of our home.
While our front door is slightly more attractive, it only gets used by visitors. This side entrance is closest to the garage and where we drop our shoes, hats, bags, gloves, keys ... you name it. The nearest closet is two rooms away, so vertical storage is what we needed.
This space was a challenge to get organized - mainly because it is a tight hallway between stairs that lead down to the basement and up to the kitchen. When we bought the house, the cheap paneling was painted the color of baby poop and the glass light fixture had dead bugs in it.
Painting everything white and swapping in a $5 milk glass shade was a huge improvement. The cheap, 3-tier shelving unit has stored shoes since we moved in. It is narrow and works great. (We keep some other shoes in our bedroom.) The brown hooks were already installed when we bought the house, and we added 8 white hooks about a year ago.
But I didn't have an ideal organization solution until January, when I found the perfect wall bin that could hold scarves, mittens, and even tiny baby booties. Now, everything has its place.
Scroll down to find my tips for tight spaces that handle lots of storage...
My Tips for Turning a Tight Hallway into a Functional Closet
Make it bright.
Use vertical space.
Assess what needs a place.
Hunt down the right piece.
.... and just to keep things real, this space normally also holds (much less attractive)
umbrellas, extra Target plastic bags, reusable grocery bags, & a few more winter coats.