A couple of months ago I decided that my entryway was just driving me crazy.  We have a side entrance to our house directly into what we call the mudroom.  This is the entrance everyone uses: family and guests.

The kids and Mark left every pair of shoes they owned in the entryway.  They also dumped their backpacks, hats, and anything else that happened to be in their hands onto the mudroom floor or the overstuffed coat rack.

So I decided it was time for a change.

I took a closet filled with miscellaneous cleaning items and tons of other “junk” that had managed to find itself onto the shelves.  I threw a ton of stuff away and found new “homes” for most of the rest of what was in the closet.

We painted the inside of the closet and Mark made some new shelves that looked a little nicer.  We removed the closet doors and gave the woodwork a fresh paint job.

Then I added baskets.  Each person in the family has a large basket for their stuff.  The smaller baskets are for some of the items that were in the former closet: party supplies, shipping supplies (from my hubby’s Ebay days), and a gift basket filled with miscellaneous gifts I’ve picked up here and there.

I love my new closet!  And the best part of it is that the mudroom isn’t filled with clutter anymore!

What about you?  What have you repurposed to solve an organizational problem?

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