Often we'll look inside a closet and despair that they're so small while overlooking a valuable piece of real estate: the inside of the door. A mirror or an over the door shoe rack often finds its way there if the closet's in a bedroom, in a bathroom, the back of the door can hold bathrobes or towels or a hairdryer. We've rounded up some other ways to use the inside (or back) of your closet doors.
  • spice rack from rev-a-shelf can also be used inside a medicine chest or linen closet to hold lotions, hair products and beauty supplies.
  • one way to store tools, especially those that you use frequently.
  • bulletin board, corkboard, magnetic boards. Use the inside of your closet door for your list of reminders, to hang receipts. It keeps this often messy organization tool out of sight (but put it on the inside of a closet door you use frequently so out of sight doesn't become out of mind!)
  • shoes often find their place on the inside of a closet door. instead of the traditional canvas organizer (is it just us but dirty shoe bottom + canvas pockets = gross), try the Trones from Ikea
  • the inside of a closet door is a great place to organize a collection of handbags, scarves or belts. small cup hooks can hold necklaces so they stay untangled; a loose wire hung between two hooks can hold dangling earrings. Danielle at Apartment Therapy San Francisco found this great hack for a portion of a bamboo screen on Craftynest.
  • mount a hanger holder on the inside of your closet door to hold your clothes for the next day (a grade school idea that we've implemented again in the last few years and that, when we use it, makes a really big difference how chaotic our morning is) or to hang guest's coats. This one from Stacks n Stacks
  • a better use for those over the door hanging pockets: use them to hold the contents of a dresser as Kyle over on Apartment Therapy Boston did.
  • Leah over on Apartment Therapy DC found this idea in Country Living for displaying holiday cards. when the holiday's over, use this same idea to hold invitations, children's artwork, postcards, letters you've been meaning to answer, articles you'd like to read, recipes.