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. 

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Bjorn Wallander
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Before: Pedestrian Mayhem

Since there was no plan for what belonged where, footwear resulted in clutter, scuffed-up walls, and occasionally loss of mates. (Beth Ann had been looking for a match to a Teva for about a year.) Everyone’s shoes were mixed together, so the morning rush—and the hunt for footwear—were extra insane.

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