The hall closet pays a pivotal role in every home, but unless you can afford to hire a maid service, getting around to cleaning it probably doesn’t happen all that often. Everyone’s hall closet holds something different, but regardless of the contents, “best” storage and organizational practices remain the same.
Items You Will Need to Organize Your Hall Closet
- Warm Water with Dish Soap
- Organizational Baskets or Tubs
- Trash Bags
- Dry Wash Cloths
- Cleaning Supplies
- Dust Covers
- Bungee Cords
Clear the Hall Closet Out
Before getting started, clear everything out of your hall closet. Whether you store clothes and sheets in there, or a variety of other household items and electronics, it really doesn’t matter — you want to start from the bottom up. Once the shelves are cleared, make sure the closet doors are in place and able to open and close properly.
Organize the Hall Closet
Without a maid service or personal organizer on hand, this part can get a bit tedious, but it needs to happen. Before continuing with any cleaning activities, take an hour or two and organize everything exactly how you want it.
Is there trash that’s collected in the hall closet overtime? Get rid of it! Are some of your sheets, blankets, electronics or other knick-knacks old or damaged? Get rid of those, too!
Once you have an idea of how you want to store everything, break out the organizational baskets and tubs and split things up even further. Keeping small items inside of larger storage containers is a great way to keep things tidy, and always know how to access something, even if you only need it every once in a while.
Dust and Wipe It Down
Once the organization process is finished, it’s time to focus your attention back on the hall closet. First, start by dusting and then scrubbing down the shelves, floor boards, ceiling space and track system (if your hall closet has one).
Over time these areas collect dust, skin cells, and plenty of other gunk. The track system where your hall closet doors move back and forth is especially notorious for getting mucky. Dedicate some extra attention here, and add WD-40 to assist in mobility.
Stack It Like Tetris
Once you’ve finished dusting and washing down the interior of the hall closet, it’s time to start putting the items back in. Consider organizing the storage boxes as though you were playing a game of Tetris.
Start with the largest, heaviest boxes and place them at the bottom. That way they are easy to access and can be slid back and forth along the floor if needed. Use the middle and top shelves for lighter items, including linens, cleaning supplies, or seasonal clothing.
Replace the Light and Grease the Hinges
With all of the items stacked neatly and placed back into the closet, it’s time to replace the light bulb (if your closet has one) and grease the hinges on the door. A flip-of-the-switch will help ensure the light is working, and testing the hinges three or four times should be enough to guarantee it’s ready to be opened and closed. Maid service or not, if you’ve organized your hall closet correctly, there should be plenty of extra storage room.
Think we missed something? Tell us what we missed! At the end of the day, we can all be better cleaners and organizers. We recommend these 5 Quick & Easy Tips to Increase Closet Space.