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High Straightenence by Tracy Benjamin

A weekly column celebrating the neat freak in all of us.

Another project completed around the house! Hall Closet BEFORE & AFTER!

Here’s the BEFORE:

We are still in the process of moving in/moving my parent’s stuff out of our new/old house so things are a little chaotic around here. The hall closet has been sort of a dumping ground. I had two boxes of shoes & some random bits in there. See?

I was getting really frustrated with this situation so I put a little high straightenence on it! Booya.

Since I don’t have as many shelves in this new kitchen as I did in my old, I decided to make this Hall Closet part prop closet.

I’ve got tons of space!

I moved everything out and sorted.

I took out all of my shoes and counted them. I am not telling you how many I have.

If you tell me I have too many, we can’t be friends.

So I counted to see how big of a shoe rack I needed to accommodate my shoe hoard.

And after a few days (an hour or so each day) this is where we are at!

All of our jackets are hung up. I have all of my napkins hung up too. You can see how I sorted them when I organized my Paper Station. Remember?

Cooper has a little area where he can dump off his shoes & backpack from school. I might put a little rack out for him.

I’m not sure yet!

And the shelves are now filled up with stuff that won’t fit in my kitchen.

I’m still playing around with this, but I like the way it looks so far.

And the shoe rack….I picked it up from the Container Store! I thought that I was going to go for a stackable one, but this whole unit fit the bill!

It fits a lot!

Casey’s shoes are to the right now, using the old racks we had.

I hung up this canvas bag on the coat rack so I could have a place to store all of my reusable shopping bags.

I’m sure I will probably switch some stuff around, but for now I’m pretty happy with it all.

Now if I could just get everyone in my household to put their shoes away…





Tracy Benjamin

Tracy Benjamin is obsessed with good food, great photography, and pretty things.


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