Our house’s limitations (its age and size) can be frustrating. The walls are not square and there is little closet space in the main living area. We also do not have an official entryway either by the back door or the front door. The limitations, however, push us to stretch our creativity and try to make every space count. We have a LONG way to go, but here’s something we did to maximize space and minimize clutter.
Our back door opens right into the kitchen, with a small closet on the right. There was no shelving in the closet, and so about four pairs of shoes could tidily fit on the bottom, along with the vacuum, recycling, and bottle returns…..but instead of keeping itself neat, it tended to be a mass of mixed up EVERYTHING (including 10+ pairs of shoes).
Two solutions have now kept the area clean and, for the most part, clutter free:
solution #1 Mr. S built six storage shelves in the closet:
Solution #2 I bought an old crate at a garage sale and use it for storing flip-flops or other shoes. The crate is decorative AND keeps the rug clutter free.