Monday, March 1, 2010

Behind-the-door Organization

This is the "entry" to my 1960's built home. It is a 40" x 40" little cubby area.
Front door on the left. Closet door on the right.

When we first bought his home we had 1 small kid. It was a "big" house for us then. Not so much now with 5 kids. At times it feels like we are bursting at the seams. However, we aren't moving anytime soon (that's a whole 'nother pain in the rear). So instead we've had to adjust with the limited storage space that we do have available.

I'm not sure where I got this idea--I think our sister Shauna recommended this--or maybe we got it from Family Fun, but either way, I've been doing this for years and it has helped control the disaster/madness that usually occurs during Winter in our "entry". Enough time has gone by that a good portion of these pockets were ripped and unusable, after having been safety pinned for a time, too. I've needed a new one for at least a year now. Planned on sewing one (had a pattern in the stash) and adding another row of pockets. Never got around to it. Found a shoe organizer on clearance for $6 at Wal-Mart last week while looking for something else. Bought it. Now behind my door looks like this:

An additional 4 pockets help outs immensely!

Now after all that organization, and not counting the Winter accessories that are currently already on my children, I just need to find matches for these babies....

Yep, 13 gloves or mittens without a partner....
And those 2 center bottom that look like they are a pair....both righties.
Ugh!! Drives me nuts!


  1. That's a great idea. I'm looking forward to spring when I can just put all the winter crap in storage.

  2. I'm with Annette, I want to put it all away and not see it again for a very loonng time! Not that I don't like the snow. It's more that my family just can't seem to raise their arms to hang anything up.

  3. about those gloves? The matches won't show up until you throw those away... just the law of misplaced gloves and kids.

  4. I just stick a black one on one hand and a pink one on the other and say it's warmer than no gloves!

  5. Love those pockets :) We use them for Barbie size dolls on the bedroom doors. I never thought about mittens and scarves - that's great.



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