10 Ways to Clear the Clutter in Your Hallway
If stray shoes and tangles of scarves are a permanent fixture in your hallway, employ some of these storage tricks to keep them in line
If you have a colourful collection of hats and scarves, make a feature out of them by hanging them all in a row. Hooks take care of hats, while simple bars show off scarves best.
Try decorating the wall behind in a modern colour or statement wallpaper – or even old newspapers, as here, or gig posters – to create a strong display.
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Storing shoes is the bane of many busy households – kicked off, separated from the partner shoe, and tricky to find amid the tangle in the mornings. So why not consider installing floor-to-ceiling pigeonholes? Keeping shoes up and out of the way will clear the floor, and ensure finding the perfect pair is a cinch. Choose a flexible design so you can create larger or taller sections to take care of everything from knee-highs to walking boots.
Placing a bench or chair nearby means shoes can be put on and taken off right next to the unit, so there’s no excuse for footwear creeping into other rooms.
A unit that gives every family member their own space is a great idea. This unit incorporates a bench, shoe storage, a hook and a basket for odds and ends for four people. Plus there’s room on top for additional items or baskets.
In small spaces, achieve a similar look by labelling individual coat hooks and lining up a row of named baskets below them.
This settle does double duty as a place for putting on boots and hats, and as storage for anything from waterproof over-trousers to sports equipment. If you’re storing small items, such as gloves and scarves, consider slotting storage boxes or bins inside to section the space.
Amid this classic black and white scheme, the fun and colourful coatstand immediately catches the eye and injects a little fun into the room. It’s sure to draw residents and guests alike to hang up their things.
There are numerous colourful coatstands on the market, including this Paradise Tree design, or why not hunt for a traditional coatstand and paint it yourself in your favourite colour combination?
Built-in storage is a great use of space, so if you can spare a little floor area, a unit that runs floor to ceiling makes sense. Inside, it can be configured to suit the needs of your household, whether this is cubbyholes for gloves or tall spaces for hockey sticks.
This cupboard makes the most of an alcove, and has been painted to disappear into the surrounding scheme. You could equally make a feature of a cupboard, or fit the doors with mirror to double the sense of space in a small hall.
It pays to make the most of any hidden space in a home, including the often cluttered under-stairs area. It can be as simple as adding hooks to the back of the door and a rack of storage trays inside, though to hiring a carpenter to create access to the whole space.
If you have kids, why not also fix hooks along the stair line on the outside so they can hang up their bags and coats – having their own special, low-level storage will (hopefully!) encourage them to keep their things tidy.
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Wet days spell stray brollies for many hallways. So why not include an umbrella stand in your scheme? Teamed with hooks for hats and coats, it will ensure they’re stored tidily and are immediately to hand if it’s raining for the morning commute.
If floor space is at a premium, team it with a wall-hung unit, which will not only take care of keys, gym passes and chargers, but form a natural space for shoes to congregate neatly underneath.
If you have a fair few bits and pieces to keep track of, one large bag can act as a catch-all solution, cutting down on lost items and keeping clutter off the floor or hall table. Hang it in a prominent place so anyone passing by can drop their items off as they go.
What storage do you use in your hallway? Share your tips in the Comments below.