If you live in a small apartment, you've likely complained once (or twice) about the lack of closet space. But there's a big, blank three-by-seven-foot space you're likely overlooking: the back of the door. By adding hooks, installing pegboards and securing baskets, you can craft a customized organizing system in a spot you've barely even noticed before.
To make the back of her closet door prettier and more functional, Lindsey from Lindsey Crafter started with a swipe of pink paint, and then attached wire baskets and copper pipe storage rods. Visit her blog to peek at what this envy-inducing closet looked like pre-makeover.
Real Simple uses two small pegboards to transform a blank closet door into a well-stocked dressing station. A hanging mirror and cosmetic catchalls on the top board create a makeup zone, while s-hooks on the bottom board hold belts.
If you're always on the lookout for more spots to stash your craft supplies, take a tip from the Armelle Blog and devote the back of your closet door to the cause. Follow Caroline's lead and install a thread rack, use dowels as storage rods and attach a magnetic strip for metal tools.
A mix of storage solutions gives a spot for miscellaneous odds and ends in this closet decluttered by Better Homes & Gardens. The combo of a bucket and bungee cords holds wrapping paper tubes, while an acrylic storage unit collects files and notebooks.
If you're looking for a less crafty solution to DIY supply storage, you can always buy and install an over-the-door unit, like the one above, which Homey Oh My found at Michaels. The baskets are just the right size for paint tubes, a horizontal bar holds spools of ribbon, and metal hooks organize an impressive array of washi tapes.
When Woman's Day asked closet-cleaning pro Lorie Marrero to work her magic on two real closets, she quickly organized a jumble of scarves by mounting two towel bars to the back of a closet door. This way, the collection is out of sight, but within reach when you're getting dressed.
BHG proves that the key to a clean closet is simply finding the right hook. An over-the-door option holds the next day's outfit, while a short towel bar and s-hooks suspend shoes, scarves and more.
Re-edited from a post originally published 2.27.17