organizing the front closet

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Organizing the Front Closet


September is more than just back-to-school time. It’s also unofficial Stow-It Month, as department stores everywhere tout a wide range of organizing supplies and North Americans try to cram too many belongings into too little space. If you’re one of a growing number of people who are weeding out, giving away, selling off and otherwise de-cluttering, rock on! But, unless you’ve taken a vow of poverty, you’ll want to keep a good many of your possessions and if you’re looking for ways to organize and store them, the dollar store can help.


Why not keep all things related to footwear readily available and close to where they will be needed the most? We sorted through drawers for usable shoelaces and those handy shoe shiners and gathered the shoe polishes from kitchen cupboards and the laundry room then put them all together in a plastic caddy along with the spray protectors. Then we put it on the shelf in the front closet. Now everything related to the care of shoes is all in one place. No more hunting through the junk drawer for shoelaces!








Here’s an idea to help make more space in a small front closet. Use plastic-coated screw-in hooks around the inside to hold tote bags, caps and umbrellas. Here, we’ve used two hooks in the back and one on each side of the closet wall, in front of the rod. The hooks came in a package of six for a dollar. This suggestion might work for you in other closets, as well.







Need more hangers? Whether your preference is for wire, thick plastic or wood, dollar stores have got ‘em. The thin wire ones are plastic coated and come in different colors. A set of six is a dollar. The thick plastic or wooden hangers come two for a dollar.