From an outsider’s viewpoint, smart storage can mean the difference between a normal American family living like hoarders or being models of organized efficiency. AHRN.com has invited Home Depot contributor Emily Lyon to share her strategies for making the most of rental house space by adding storage options behind the door!
Some homes have more storage space than others. Those who don’t have enough need to get creative with cabinets, containers and shelving. The pressure to organize recently hit my family when I married a man who puts a premium on
efficiency. He knows how to fix and/or build anything, and he is a firm believer that if something isn’t working, action should be taken. Since he moved in, he is finding that we could use a little help in this department!
Small issues like kids’ towels on the floor, jewelry strewn about, and vitamins on the bathroom counter can add up to a messy house, so as a team, my husband and I decided it was time to get creative and to utilize the minimal (but wasted) space behind the doors in our home. We often forget that there is three to four inches of blank space at the back of the door that goes unused.
We let our minds wander and our ideas started to get a little wild, but in the end, we went for clean and simple. From spice racks to baskets hung with command hooks, there are so many options for behind-the-door storage. Because I am renting, I don’t want to put a lot of holes into doors and walls here… so the portability of these options makes them a true lifesaver.
Here are the ideas we decided to implement:
Over the Door Hooks
The first and most obvious idea is an over the door hook(s), for hanging towels and/or jackets and sweatshirts. I own a couple of these and have them over doors in the bathrooms and my closet. This is extremely handy in my closet, since I don’t have enough room to hang my sweatshirts and robes. The other is in my kids’ bathroom, so they can keep their hooded towels always at hand.
Tie and Belt Rack
After getting a little more creative, I spotted a ClosetMaid Tie & Belt Rack. Sure, I could use these fun hooks for ties and belts, but why do that when I could use them for all of my necklaces? I have been dying to get my necklaces out of my hanging pockets, because they always spill out, and I can’t tell what I have. The Tie & Belt Rack fits perfectly behind most doors, and you can hang whatever you’d like from it-I may add some scarves to the extra hooks.
To maximize the space behind my closet door, I decided to add a basket below my necklaces, for the purpose of holding vitamins and hand cream. There are a variety of baskets that could work, but I chose to purchase a ClosetMaid Spice rack, which comes with three separate baskets that can all be screwed into two strips. I divided them up and hung them from Command hooks. When using Command hooks, just be mindful of the weight each hook can support. Different size hooks can hold different weights.
Baskets and Containers for Kids Rooms
The last door I created storage behind is in my daughter’s room. She’s the pack rat in the family-she hangs onto everything and has items in a variety of containers throughout her room. There are frequently purses and hats hanging from her doorknob, coloring books under her pillow, pens atop her Barbie house — the list goes on. I think I am most excited about the behind the door storage I came up with for my little girl’s room.
I tried to keep her height in mind, so everything is at arm’s length (or closer). The options are nearly unlimited when you gather different sized hooks, baskets, bins, etc. I used a ClosetMaid basket to hold coloring books, a Command spice caddy for colored pencils and extra hooks for hanging purse, hats, scarves, and the like. My little girl loves her new space and I imagine she will change up what she stores in them frequently!
As you can see, the possibilities for behind the door storage are endless. It is a unique space that we rarely think of using, but baskets, hooks and hanging containers can easily provide a place to get your clutter off of the floor. With the proper room, I can envision a complete craft storage area or even a wrapping paper station, all on the back of a door! Let your mind run wild with ideas!
We want to know:
What space in your house would benefit from some additional behind-the-door organization?
Meet Your Contributor
Emily Lyon, founder of Clever Housewife, writes household storage and organization tips for The Home Depot. Emily’s ideas for utilizing doors as part of a home storage system are designed to help you maximize space and keep things tidy. For The Home Depot’s selection of interior doors, you can visit the website here.