An organized home is very important. It helps you to take control of your stuff. And, it doesn't allow your stuff to take control of you. However, in smaller homes or apartments, you need to be creative in your organizing. I suggest to my clients to use back of wooden entry doors to hang and store small items. It gives the homeowner additional space to store my smaller items.
Here are 6 items I like for over the door hanging organizers in my clients' homes:
Spices or Cans in my kitchen pantry or kitchen cabinet.
Attaching items to the inside of the door works nicely for lightweight items like spices. Magnet strips can be used for holding loose tea and spices in little stainless steel containers with screwtop lids.
Cork boards and Contact Paper strips to write notes as reminders.
Adding cork squares to the back of the doors work too. Be sure to add at least 1/2 inch around the perimeter of the door to ensure that the door closes properly.
Setting up a wrapping paper station.
The above image is what I created in my home to store my wrapping paper. Feel free to visit this Wrapping Paper Station post.
Hats and bags in hallway closets for a quick place to put your bags and hats.
Larger hooks work best for closets. Make sure you purchase sturdy hooks that can hold over 25 lbs to make sure they don't break off. If you are worried about the weight, purchase hooks that screw into wood doors.
Shoes stored in a hallway closet or bedroom closet.
Books, CDs and DVD storage
If you need a lot of extra storage, consider buying wider over the door organizers to help store these heavier items. Books can be particularly heavy so getting an actual over the door organizer would be better than screwing holes into the door. No one wants to replace a door because it has holes in it.
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I personally, like the over the door hooks that attach to the top and bottom of the door like in the wrapping paper station above (found at The Container Store) instead of making holes in the door. However, if you want to hang items directly on the door, I recommend, large 3M Command Strips hooks (as mentioned above). They peel off nicely and you can find various sizes and styles.
Using over the door hanging organizers will organize your home and apartment and free up space on the floor in your rooms. Plus, it will keep your smaller items more organized. I hope I have shown you creative ways to use over the door hanging organizers.
What do you use for your small space? Do you use over the door hanging organizers? I would love to hear from you.
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