Rock Some Pockets
If you’re not using your pocket organizer for shoes, it makes a great home for just about anything else. In a bedroom closet, use it for tights, leggings, and repair tools—as shown here. In a supply closet, fill it with cleaning tools and sprays. In the entryway, it’s great for sunblock, gloves, hats, and dog leashes.
To stow shoes and sweaters, wrap cardboard boxes in pretty paper, then label them. A mix of patterns can look gorgeous—just make sure a single color or motif ties them all together. Stack boxes on closet shelves, or try repurposing a small dresser or bookshelf as seen here.
Tall boots don’t fit into shoe cubbies, and they tend to flop over and create a mess on a closet floor. To tame boot chaos, simply repurpose some pants hangers. Insert squares of felt between the boot and the clip to prevent the metal from leaving marks on delicate leather.
A bunch of baseball caps can easily overwhelm an entryway closet, and their shape makes them difficult to hang or stack neatly. Here’s an ingenious solution. Simply clip plastic shower curtain rings onto the bottom crossbar of a sturdy coat hanger, then thread the caps onto the rings.
Fans of denim know how hard it can be to keep their collections tidy. Here, labeled shelves are used to keep the denim in order. Pants are folded and stacked, then arranged and labeled by style, from skinny to boot. Bonus: The neat stacks leave room below for a corkboard to hold inspiring outfit ideas.
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Paint Can Catchalls
Clean paint cans make excellent containers for corralling small items in a craft or cleaning-supply closet. They’re basically indestructible, and they can be tagged with vinyl lettering, as shown here, or stick-on chalkboard labels. Suspend them from small hooks screwed into the underside of a shelf. No paint cans on hand? Repurposed beach buckets work well too.
Paint to the Rescue
A fresh coat of white paint can give tired storage bins and baskets a clean look and add visual calm to your closet. Take the idea a step further by stenciling a red cross on the front of bins that hold first-aid items, and your family will be able to find bandages and pain relievers in a hurry.
Special accessories deserve special storage. An old wine rack can be given new use as a holder for clutches and evening bags. A salvaged frame, outfitted with a bit of window screening, is ideal for displaying earrings and brooches, and cup hooks can be added at the bottom for necklaces.
A Place for Specs
With a little DIY action, an old frame can help keep glasses at hand. To make rungs for hanging her shades, this DIYer screwed a few pairs of eye hooks into the back of the frame and strung thin wire between them. Spray-painted black, the frame visually pops out against the white wall.
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