After shopping for closet organizers which ran between $15 and $60 for a coat tree, I found myself at the Ace Hardware and thought I would look down their aisles for some ideas. I started out in the bathroom fixtures where they had several types of hanging options, but they seemed a little too small. The regular hardware had a good selection with all sizes and colors of hooks, but again I wanted something really sturdy. I saved the best for last - the gardening section! There I found forged iron hooks meant for hanging baskets, but wouldn't they work perfectly for schoolbags AND jackets AND whatever else my kids could load onto them? They are each about 6 inches deep, nicely rounded, and sturdy enough to hold just about anything! I bought four and one larger wall hook I thought I could use for my handbags. It was perfect! So these were the items I would use to transform the closet:
A few baskets, a boot tray, some hooks, and an old metal trashcan my husband made in woodshop in high school! It's perfect for umbrellas and yoga mats.
My pocket organizer with four-letter words! (Thanks, Joanne!) The words read "love, grow, know, hope, live, pray." I was going to make it rhyme because my kids would be all over that, but I messed up the K and the L... I tied black ribbons at the top to hide the nails. Everyone loves them, even my husband!
No more mess on the hall floor... couldn't ask for more!