The hallway is that part of the home that can easily become cluttered. Not surprising given that it is where stuff gets dumped – keys, handbags, scarves, shoes and shopping bags.
Though it seems like it’s impossible to get this space organised and free from clutter, there is a way. There are seven ways, actually! Here they are:
- Conceal it
Using hidden storage is one of the best ways to remove clutter from your hallway. Some examples of hidden storages are bench seating with inbuilt drawers, stairs with hidden cupboards and a wall façade with a concealed storage closet. For homeowners on a budget, consider hollow footstool-style boxes that also function as small seats.
- Go vertical
Aren’t you considering the space above your hallway? Don’t make this common design mistake. Most hallways have ample space above it; all you need to do is to figure out how to use it properly. You can attach hooks to thin shelves built just below the ceiling and use them as modern coat racks. Items that are rarely used like umbrellas and gumboots can be stored up high and out of the way.
- Box it
This a great tip especially for families. Buy a box for each member of the family and label one box for each person. Their particular box is where their ‘hallway’ belongings will go, like hats, scarves, shoes, etc. You can also use buckets, hanging bags or baskets.
- Think thin
Use thin furniture for hallway storage likes the ones that are designed to be used inside other cupboards. If you have a small hallway, thin shoe racks, thin hall tables and thin boxes will be perfect.
- Stack it
Hallways don’t have a lot of space, so you need to be careful how much to allocate for storage. You want to make sure people will not have difficulty moving around. Most people’s biggest storage items are shoes, bags and jackets. The best storage solution for these items is stack them. Use stackable drawers, stackable storage baskets or just stack a few pieces of archive boxes in a nook.
- Hang it
The most common items that clutter an entryway are coats, hats and scarves. Having sufficient hanging space can solve a cluttered mess of clothing. Don’t underestimate how many coat racks you would need. Give at least one or two for each family member plus a few extras for visitors. Choose coat racks that can be attached to wall, hanged from a high ceiling shelf or use minimalist wall leaning coat racks.
- Display it
There are lots of hallway items are not unattractive to see when displayed. Handbags can be attractive dangling from the walls, scarves can be adorned over furniture and gumboots look beautiful with dried flowers in them.