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Family Organizer

Martha Stewart Living, August 2006

Setting up a bin in the entryway for each member of the household is a good way to keep this busy space tidy. And with umbrellas, hats, and sunglasses near the door, leaving the house will no longer require last-minute searches. Use an existing wall-mounted coatrack to make this custom organizer. To start, drill a hole in the end of each of two 1-by-4-inch wooden rails to fit the coatrack pegs. Paint rails to match rack; let dry. Hang rails from pegs. Attach evenly spaced wire baskets using screw hooks.

Comments (15)

  • SweetPeggyO 13 Apr, 2009

    I did something similar to this and got my wire baskets from IKEA in the kitchen department. They were from the Bygel line, measured 8 1/4" x 13", and were only $3.00 each. They worked great this past winter for hats and mittens. I also put one inside a pantry door to hold onions.

  • lrispler 13 Apr, 2009

    After subscribing to Martha's tips for some time, it's amusing to see how the tips are recycled - what's the difference between this and 'winter-wear organizer'?

  • jo-hanna 21 Mar, 2009

    Has this worked for anyone to use a coat rack? It appears to be an attractive

  • neveraneatnik 23 Feb, 2009

    I found that if you do a search for "wire gym basket" you can find them online.

  • neveraneatnik 23 Feb, 2009

    Sewing a pretty fabric liner would be one way to keep things from falling through. You can also weave ribbons through the wire to make it more attractive and less prone to "leakage."

  • elskbrev 23 Feb, 2009

    I'm looking for some kind of bin that is see-through but doesn't have holes like a wire rack, so that small items cannot fall through. These wire racks can be a pain that way.

  • anitaann 22 Feb, 2009

    hi kidzmom7, you can do this ,but maybe in the bedrooms.One rack in each room.I come from a family of 6, we had to share rooms 2 or 3 to a room depending where we were living.Give it a try.

  • edie44 22 Feb, 2009

    Any Ideas where I can find shaker peg racks?

  • Treesplace 22 Feb, 2009

    This is a great idea. I have been looking for a way to organize my area even though we are empty nesters. I can see my dogs items, other odds and ends. I think putting this outside my garage door would work out great. I was going to have my husband build me a peg rack, but this looks better and I can make a place to hang my brooms, ect. Thanks, it gives me some idea to work with.

  • kidzmom7 21 Feb, 2009

    That would work great for 2-3-4 children but we have 7 and I don't think we would have enough space in our entryway. Unfortunately can't do boys and girls bin as 6 of the kids are boys. Nice for smaller family though.

  • Toot44 21 Feb, 2009

    In my son's farmhouse he had a small room off the kitchen that formerly was a porch; is now closed in with windows across the outside wall. I painted the entire room white, put beautiful willow green linen cape cod curtains with valance across window wall. I placed the kids computer desk and file cabinet at the left end, placed 2 coat hooks (one above the other) on wall on right end (one for coats, other for backpacks, etc.) for each of 4 family members, and placed bins with wheels on, on the floor for each member to put shoes, mittens, skateboard pads, etc., in so the clutter would be away from the kitchen door where they enter the house. Worked out great, and they all know where everything is to be kept, including school stuff they will need next day or later at home. No more falling over shoes and backpacks when walking into the house!!

  • Spiderwick 21 Feb, 2009

    This is a great idea....but, where can we purchase the baskets?

  • spu 21 Feb, 2009

    this would also be great in the kids' room - they could sort their toys and see clearly what's in each bin.

  • astoe00 8 Oct, 2008

    Wow! This looks so simple, and practical. The only thing: i hear my husband saying it might look ugly or cluttered, so i was imagining maybe putting cute b

  • NancyMcManus 12 Aug, 2008

    I love this! A few rows of baskets would make efficient use of vertical space; something that would really help my mud room.