I’m sharing our multi-tasking closet ideas for the front entry closet to accommodate many needs- coats, pantry and cleaning.
I’m so excited to be participating in another DIY Blog Hop organized by Chas of Chas Crazy Creations and Tarah of Grandma’s House DIY. This month our focus is on organizing. I sharing multi-tasking closet ideas.
You will find lots of inspiration in this hop! The full line up and links to all the participating blogs are at the bottom of this post.
Our front closet in the entryway to our cabin serves many purposes, but has never felt organized. The cabin was built as a vacation home and when we moved there full time the storage options were the first thing I noticed were going to be a challenge.
If I could I would love to have a walk in pantry in the cabin. I’d love to have a closet to hold all the cleaning supplies and a coat closet. We don’t. But my philosophy is that there is a way to make the best of everything so I tackled the front closet and tried to see how I could get the most out of it.
This closet had just become like a “junk drawer” where everything was thrown in when you didn’t know where else to go with it.
One of my favorite things at our hunting house is the walk in pantry where I have room to store my big appliances. I wish I had one at the cabin, but since I don’t I had to improvise. I decided to use part of the entry closet for these pieces that I don’t use everyday and am tired of stuffing in a cupboard. So the mixer, air fryer and crock pot are now easy to access here.
I also needed a space to store my daily nutrition packs so I used three woven baskets to hold them.
The Cleaning Products
To help organize the cleaning products on the shelves I picked up some plastic bins at Walmart.
Then I organized like products together so they are easier to find. If I ask one of the kids to grab the lint brush and clean the Honey hair off our buffalo plaid chairs, they now don’t have to dig through everything. They are right in one bin.
And Honey’s a Great Pyrenees, she sheds a lot!
Our entry area is large and divided into two separate areas only by how I arranged the furniture. The entry is covered in 12 x 12 slate tile. I defined the areas by putting an antique church pew in the middle facing the tile to give guests a place to come in and sit down and take off their shoes.
Buddy Bear greets guests in this area too.
On the other side we made a drop zone for the kids. I designed cubbies and had them built by our handyman. There’s a second bench under a mirror and a coat rack for their backpacks and coats. An old trunk holds extra hats, mittens and handwarmers in winter.
To hide the clutter in the cubbies, My husband attached a curtain rod to the top and I bought a set of buffalo plaid sheets at Walmart. I used the flat sheet as a curtain over the cubbies, hanging it with drapery clips.
Now, back to the closet. We needed space to hang the extra coats. We have a long, cold winter and I enjoy wearing a few different coats depending on the temperature and what I’m wearing underneath. I have long coats, short coats, parkas, vintage hunting jackets and peacoats.
By the end of last winter we were just throwing coats in the closet in a pile.
I went through and reorganized and hung them up.
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Your closet looks amazing, but your dog. What a beauty (both of you and such a goood picture). Even the closets up there have such nice wood paneling. I’m jealous. It feels so nice when your closet is clean right?
I completely agree, nothing beats a clean closet. thank you for your kind comment!
Mary from life at bella terra says
Kristin, This post is chock-a-block full of good organizational tips. I love the buffalo plaid curtain that you have hung~it is such a pretty detail. We, too, have a big dog who sheds, an endless task of picking up dog hair. I like all the storage in the white plastic boxes too. I am inspired to now tackle all the other cluttered spaces in my home. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and leaving such a kind comment!
Chas Greener says
Love Love Love this Kristin. I really enjoyed the transformation and aren’t baskets the best? I think I’m kind of addicted to them and how clean they can make things look. (Sometimes you might not want to look into my basekts… mass ciaos, but the outside looks great lol) Wonderful hopping with you.
Haha I totally understand that! IT is always wonderful hopping with you!
I love your closet ideas. Your home is so beautiful.
Thank you so much Cynthia!
Basets are the best! I have them literally everywhere. I love having a place for eeverything and the streamlined, tidy look baskets help achieve!
Thanks for sharing with us!
-Niky @ the house on silverado
I completely agree! Thanks for stopping by Niky!
Grandma's House DIY says
I just love your entryway – so cozy! Its great hopping with you!
Thank you so much! Always great hopping with you!
great organizing ideas!! I too like using baskets…. Thanks so much for sharing!!
Thank you so much for stopping by Deb!
Laura Ingalls Gunn says
THank you for this inspiring post. I need to reorganzie several closets and cupboards and this gave me the push I needed.
I am so glad to hear that! Hope you have a great week!