The Best Organizing Tips

A Mudroom Gets Made Over

Beth Ann Kempf’s 200-year-old house has no downstairs closets, so her entry hall has to work overtime. Real Simple reclaimed the spot to improve the family’s overall exit strategy. Here’s how. 

Cluttered entry hall to house
Bjorn Wallander
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Before: Good Intentions Gone Awry

A shoe cubby was the right approach in theory, but this unit didn’t hold enough, so shoes migrated to the floor. Closed-door cabinets were loaded with cleaning products that should have been in the basement. Random baskets popped up and got filled instantly. The family’s hats, scarves, and gloves lived in solid gray bins, so it was impossible to locate anything. As a result, accessories were forgotten about and hands went cold.

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