Entryway Coat Closet Organizer …a place for odds n ends

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I hate clutter. Once I decorate a room, I want it to stay that way …but inevitably, and over time especially, it becomes filled with all the little things you have no other place for. And on a daily basis, a safe place to toss your keys, phones, wallets, sunglasses, and of course, biodegradable doggie poop bags is always essential. My solution to this problem {as well as a solution to lost keys} is the plastic over the door shoe holder {$14.99 @ Bed Bath & Beyond $9.29 @ Amazon} on the inside of our entry-way coat closet.

The original idea came from my previous {and ridiculously small} kitchen in our old condo which had no drawers for silverware and just enough cupboard space for food. I used our hall closet for all of our dishes and on the inner door, used the shoe organizer for silverware. In all actuality, the idea for a home for our odds n’ ends came this time from my husband …who immediately said, “Why don’t we just use the old silverware shoe thing?” …brilliant.

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I love the plastic because, clearly, it allows you to see what’s inside every pocket.

And when the door’s closed . . .

closet door no mess

An easy and affordable storage solution! {and if you don’t have an entry-way closet, you could easily just hang it over the back of your front door}



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Bobbin Talk

    March 25, 2010 |

    I have a mini-rack for my jewelry on the back of my closet door. Looks great, and as soon as you open your closet it’s all there to see 🙂
    Love it!

  • DailyDivaDish

    March 25, 2010 |

    I’ve been trying to think of a better way to store my sunglasses… What a great idea!
    XO Piper

  • dreamylacey

    March 25, 2010 |

    great Idea and it could work for so many things


  • Marisa

    March 25, 2010 |

    What a great idea! We have such a big problem with clutter in our home. :-/

  • PS~Erin

    March 25, 2010 |

    It’s perfect for this! We recently did this with the kids’ art supplies (http://www.twitpic.com/1atotx) and it’s helped so much with keeping things tidy and organized. Might have to get another for keys, glasses and such. Great idea!

  • Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    March 25, 2010 |

    Great idea! Will implement it for sure! 🙂


  • Iva

    March 25, 2010 |


  • Meghan

    March 25, 2010 |

    Super amazing idea! Thank you!!!

  • hotpants™

    March 25, 2010 |

    I should do this for my jewelry because it would keep things out of the reach of my children’s hands for the most part. Great idea!

  • Nineteen Zero Six

    March 25, 2010 |

    Great idea, I have limited space so will definately be buying one of those! Thanks X.

  • A.Co

    March 25, 2010 |

    Okay seriously! This is SO SMART! I love this idea, Meagan, THANK YOU for suggesting it! I unfortunately don’t have a door like that for my front hall closet (they are large sliders instead) but can envision this working with my linen closet or something! Love it! Thanks!

    A.Co @ http://www.acoest1984.blogspot.com

  • Kristin

    March 25, 2010 |

    Now that is smart! I just use mine for surplus shoes. Ah ha ha

  • anhesty

    March 25, 2010 |

    its def also good for all your jewelry too and your craft stuff. great tip!

  • Ren

    March 25, 2010 |

    Thats such a clever idea! Your stuff really rocks…

  • PeaceLoveApplesauce

    March 25, 2010 |

    I’ve done this for years in my kiddos rooms for small odds and ends. It’s fantastic!


    March 25, 2010 |

    This is a fab idea! I need to get one. xo


  • Kayla

    March 25, 2010 |

    I wouldn’t have ever thought of that for sunglasses!!! It’s great!


  • Francesca

    March 25, 2010 |

    that is a fabulous idea…only problem with that for me is actually closing the door haha, my door is permanently open bc i cant stuff all of my shoes in there!!!


    lekisskiss.blogspot.com <-- Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  • Anonymous

    March 25, 2010 |



    March 25, 2010 |

    haha i have that too! i keep medicine,eyeglasses, sunglasses, its PERFECT!!

  • Me lo pongo todo

    March 25, 2010 |

    Que buena idea ,te la copio para la bisuteria.

  • JKreids

    March 25, 2010 |

    I’m stealing this idea. I LOVE it. My kitchen is the size of a closet… :-/

  • Maeko @ thereafterish.

    March 25, 2010 |

    I like this idea, but none of our doors in the house are swing out kind. They’re like the collapsing ones that collapse open. It’s really annoying.

    This is a really smart idea.

    Maeko, thereafterish.


    March 25, 2010 |

    Hi Meagan! I have been following your blog for a while, I just did an outfit post you inspired ! I adore your DIY’s ! So clever as I am too a clutter monster. I hope you are feeling well (from a very long ago post 😉 Thanks for inspiring me !


    March 25, 2010 |

    i love your blog!!


  • Katie

    March 25, 2010 |

    I hate clutter, too. I’m always telling my husband I’m a mess on the inside so I can’t be a mess on the outside!

  • Kourtni

    March 25, 2010 |

    Perfect idea. You have saved my sanity.

  • jennine

    March 25, 2010 |

    ooh that is a great idea! i have a walk in that’s bursting already, and it’s only been a month since i moved in… need more tips like this for sure!

  • Lorena

    March 25, 2010 |

    You are one resourceful, SMART and beautiful girl !

  • ~ Kelly Ann ♥

    March 25, 2010 |




  • drollgirl

    March 25, 2010 |

    FUCKING BRILLIANT!!! pure genius! i have to remember to do this!!! MUST DO IT!!

  • Stephanie

    March 25, 2010 |

    Thanks so much for this great idea! We also just moved and I have one of these from our old place that I’m going to repurpose for this. (Also, your carpet remnant hookup is on my list of places to look for a shag rug for our new place.)

  • Rock'n Roll Ballerina

    March 25, 2010 |

    Love this idea;)

    I follow♥

  • Pol

    March 25, 2010 |

    This is amazing, i mean i never tought put this in my door or something like that, thanks for the tip, xoxo

  • Evil Mr. Peppers

    March 25, 2010 |

    That is one hot pug!

  • midnightintern

    March 25, 2010 |

    There is nothing in the world more satisfying than neat and tidy storage solutions. And little bits-n-pieces like these are so hard to store!

    I’d love it if you could show us how you store your handbags. I really struggle with that. xx

  • Jen

    March 25, 2010 |

    What a great idea! So neat and tidy. And what an adorable little pug! Gorgeous thing.

  • J-Ezzy

    March 25, 2010 |

    What a fabulous idea!! I have drawers all over my freakin house with random stuff!

  • trishie

    March 25, 2010 |

    How neat! i absolutely hate clutter too.

    Just letting you know that i’m hosting a giveaway at my blog, would love for you to enter: http://trishiekoh.blogspot.com/2010/03/picos-skirt-giveaway.html

  • Amy

    March 25, 2010 |

    that’s an awesome idea! it would work in so many rooms too. on the back of a pantry door for spices and baking stuff…storing arts and crafts supplies…holding toys if you have kids…even mitts and hats for the winter. i bet the dollar store has this type of thing for even cheaper. i’ll definitely look for one!

  • Michelle {Things I Love}

    March 25, 2010 |

    This is so genius, I literally smacked myself in the forehead when I saw it. FAB.

  • Spcialt

    March 26, 2010 |

    I have these on a few doors in my house. Love them. I especially love the one I have in my bathroom for hair and beauty product storage. Its on the door of my water closet. And its a little better than the standard shoe organizer because its mesh. And it has 48 pockets (they’re double pockets) so it holds big and little stuff. And it goes all the way to the bottom of the door with clips that you slip under the door so that it doesn’t slide around as you open and shut it. I bought it at Walmart. I think its my favorite purchase in months! I was able to take all of my bathroom counter clutter and organize it neatly! Love!

  • Jessica

    March 26, 2010 |

    ahh! i do this in my bathroom (there is no storage space at all!) with a canvas shoe holder though – love it 🙂

  • Style Porn

    March 26, 2010 |

    Whoa, you had a REALLY small kitchen. Very similar in size, actually, to my own kitchen, but thankfully I have a few more drawers than you did.

    I love this idea for a small space. I might just have to cop it for myself.

  • duckalicious

    March 26, 2010 |

    I want this, no, I need it!

  • Kathryn

    March 26, 2010 |

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Chessa!

    March 26, 2010 |

    I wish I could do this but every single closet door in my apt is one of those that open like an accordian. It’s not that offensive bc it just has two panels and they are wood but with space being a premium in NYC it’s easier to have door that open that way and if you leave them open they don’t take up as much space. sigh…fabulous idea!

  • Skinny Bish

    March 29, 2010 |

    Super creative idea Maeg, extremely useful — I’ll have a million +1 shades at my fingertips in no time :]

  • God's Favorite Shoes!

    April 7, 2010 |

    How in the hell did I miss this post? Good thing I surf blogs at work or I would have never thought of this!

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