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If I were to design my ideal Hall Closet it would be spacious, have good lighting, and plenty of room for storage. Unfortunately, most of the hall closets I see (including my own) do not fit those criteria.

Instead, most hall closets are small, dark and often cramped; leaving you minimal room for storing your own items, let alone leaving ample room for guests.

During the holidays hall closets see a lot of action. Thanksgiving, Hanuakkah and Christmas all fall during winter. Depending on where you live, many of us are traveling with bulky coats in tow.

As hostesses, we all want to make a good impression on our guests. Having an organized hall closet can (and should) represent both function and style, for both you and your guests.

Below are 5 quick fixes to make the most of your space:

1.  Streamline your hangers. One of the easiest and inexpensive fixes to organize any closet is to have all your hangers be the same. Especially in a hall closet, opt for a wooden hanger if possible. They are strong enough to hold the shape of most outerwear, plus it visibly looks cleaner having “like” hangers.


2.  Designate a bin or basket for accessories.  In our home, I have a separate bin for each family member that houses gloves, hats and scarves.  This way when you are rushing out the door you can easily go to your specific bin and find what you need.


3.  Install a sensor light. I really don’t know why lighting in reach in closets are not the norm.  We go into our closets to find stuff, right? So wouldn’t it make sense to be able to clearly see what we are looking for?  Invest in having a sensor light installed so every time the door opens the light goes on, and then once it’s shut the light goes off. It’s eco-friendly and practical (two things I love!)

4.  Keep it seasonal.  If space is an issue, you need to treat your hall closet like your bedroom closet and swap items seasonally.  I realize this can be a pain in the “you know what”, but if you only have to do it twice a year it’s not so bad. Having an organized space is worth the trade off.

5.  Maximize shelving.  If you have the ability to install shelving, do it. You can use upper shelves for out of season or infrequently used items. You’ll be amazed at how much more functional your space will be.


Impress your guests and yourself with an organized closet. Starting small may be just the motivation you need to organize other areas in your home.


Happy Organizing!