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Friday, January 25, 2013

Organizing Ideas for the Weekend #11

Happy Friday!  Time for another organizing idea for your weekend :)

Many of you have been excited about the over-the-door shoe organizer that I used in my linen closet.  I am too!  Just thinking about how I was able to use all that otherwise wasted vertical space makes me giddy.

I know... I'm a little crazy that way.  But it doesn't seem like I'm the only one :)

So I thought today I'd show you some other ways you can use the back of a door to organize in your home.

I can hear some of you saying, "But Hilda, I have sliding doors (or folding doors or pocket doors).  I can't use the back of them!"

Even if you have some of those kinds of doors, I'm sure you can find a cupboard door under your bathroom sink or kitchen sink or leading to the garage or the basement, or somewhere that isn't being used to its full capacity.

Don't believe me?  Here's a list of ways you can use the back of your doors to organize:
  1. Cleaning supplies (spray bottles, wipes, rags, iron/ironing board, etc.)  - using pocket organizers, shelves, racks, or hooks in a broom closet, laundry room, garage, or basement, or under the kitchen or bathroom sink
  2. Hats, mitts, gloves, scarves, umbrellas or sunscreen - in pocket organizers in the entry or hall closet
  3. Jackets, coats, purses, or backpacks - on hooks in the hall closet or on the front door
  4. Snacks, spices, small packages - in pocket organizers, baskets, or small shelves in the pantry or a kitchen cupboard
  5. Lids, measuring cups, cutting boards, or spices - using towel bars, hooks, or racks in kitchen cupboards
  6. Menu plans or grocery lists - using chalk board on the back of kitchen cabinets
  7. Command centres, calendars, mail, bills to pay, or important numbers - using mail organizers or cork board on kitchen or office doors
  8. Office, craft, homeschooling, or scrapbooking supplies - using pocket organizers on the back of closet or room doors
  9. Gift wrap, ribbon, bows, or tags - using baskets on the back of closet doors
  10. Towels or bathrobes - on hooks or rods on bathroom or bedroom doors
  11. Toiletries, cosmetics, hair dryers, and curling irons - in pocket organizers, baskets, or hooks on bathroom cupboard doors, linen closets, or bathroom doors
  12. Jewelry, hair accessories, scarves or ties - on rods or in pocket organizers on bedroom doors or closet doors
  13. Paper towel holders, garbage cans, recycling bins, plastic bags, or rags - on rods, hooks, or other attachments to kitchen cupboard doors
  14. Small toys such as stuffed animals, Barbies, or Hot Wheels cars - using pocket organizers on kids' bedroom doors or closet doors
  15. And of course, you can always use over the door shoe organizers for... yes... SHOES!

If you want some visual inspiration, Pinterest is full of great ideas!  I've been pinning a ton of them on my "Organize Using The Backs of Doors" board.  {You can click below and browse the pictures on my board even if you don't have a Pinterest account}

Here are a few of my favourite pictures.

I Can Teach My Child


My Sweet Savannah

So where can you use the back of a door better in your home?  Take a look around to see where you can make better use of vertical space.

This weekend, decide on a door and figure out what you want to use it for.  Then make it happen!  You'll be so glad you did.

What door in your home are you going to use to help you get more organized?  If you already use the back of your doors to keep you organized, please share your ideas!

Happy organizing and have a great weekend!

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  1. Oh! I love all of your ideas. Every single one!
    From the numbered list, #13 is my favorite!
    I have space on my pantry door for something like that!
    So, you got me thinking about a couple other doors that could earn their keep around here, too!
    Thank you for the ideas!
    Happy weekend to you!
    Love, Leslie

    1. I like that idea of doors earning their keep Leslie :) They don't just have to look pretty on the outside and hide our messes (oops I mean organized beauty!) on the inside!
      You have a great weekend too!

  2. Laundry Room! That's where I use my over-the-door rack. I'm too short to reach the shelves over the washer and dryer. lol The racks are perfect for me.

    Great ideas here, thanks for sharing :)

    1. Yes Rox, those laundry room shelves can be hard to reach for a lot of people. Glad your door rack is working for you! Have a great weekend :)

  3. I like all of your back of the door ideas! =)
    great tips!

    I use a "over the door" hanger ( with horizontal hooks ) on the back of my bedroom door for jackets and shirts that I want to grab in a hurry.

    Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  4. I love that chalkboard painted laundry room door! It holds a lot but I wonder if there are weight restrictions?


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