Stenciled Hallway Organizer

Banish prebeach pandemonium (Who took my towel? Where are my flip-flops?) with a designated station featuring boldly numbered hooks and corresponding cloth baskets for each guest or family member. Now if only there were a system for getting them to remember to put on sunscreen.

Stenciled Hallway Organizer

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2010


 Resources: Cabana beach towels, in Periwinkle, Eco-Fabric open bins, Century ceramic hooks, in Satin Nickel, Reclaimed-wood bench,



  • Waterproof paper, for stencils

  • Painters' tape

  • Small natural sea sponge

  • Latex and fabric paints


  1. To make stencils: On a computer, enlarge numbers in a font you like; print on waterproof paper. Cut out with craft knife.

  2. For wall, center stencils above hooks, and secure with painters' tape. Dip sponge in latex paint, blot excess, and dab on stencil. For baskets, use fabric paint. Proceed as above, but place a box or other hard object behind fabric for a firm work surface. 


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