Restore order in your home (and by the front door) with our expert organizing tips.
By Laura Serino
If coats, boots and the occasional soccer ball end up in a heap by your front door, it's time to take action. You can restore order with a little reshuffling and a few labels, says "Clutter Queen" Jennifer Humes Eckblad, who knows how to avoid getting hung up on the chaos.
Keep sheets and blankets in a bin on the top shelf for overnight guests.
Items that you use occasionally, like extra hats and other cold-weather items, can be stowed up high. Label each box accordingly.
Line up coats on hangers by length on one side of the closet to keep them looking neat.
Canvas shelves are great for holding winter must-haves, such as sweaters and scarves.
Install several hooks on the inside of the door for backpacks, grocery totes and leashes. (Or, instead of hooks, try a transparent over-the-door pocket shoe storage system to stash extra accessories.)
Clear the closet floor as much as possible. Limit the space to a rack for shoes and a tall basket for umbrellas and outdoor gear.
Originally published in the September 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine.