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Organize Your Hall Closet

Restore order in your home (and by the front door) with our expert organizing tips.

By Laura Serino

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Organized Hall Closet
By Marc Lund
By Marc Lund
By Marc Lund
By Marc Lund
By Marc Lund
By Marc Lund
By Marc Lund
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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.

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Keep sheets and blankets in a bin on the top shelf for overnight guests.

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Items that you use occasionally, like extra hats and other cold-weather items, can be stowed up high. Label each box accordingly.

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Line up coats on hangers by length on one side of the closet to keep them looking neat.

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Canvas shelves are great for holding winter must-haves, such as sweaters and scarves.

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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.)

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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.

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