12 Smart Ways To Use Doors For Additional Storage

Collage of photos showing various ways to use an over the door organizer

Every Door Is Storage Space You Aren’t Using Yet

I’ve mentioned quite a few times at this point that over the door organizers with pockets are one of my favorite storage options, not least because they make use of a surface that isn’t normally used for storage. Between cabinet, closet, and pantry doors, you’ve got plenty of open space, so why not make the most of it?

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But pocket organizers aren’t the only way to add storage to doors — there’s a whole world of options that can turn any door into a more useful space! Use these ideas as inspiration as you consider how to put the doors around your house to good use.

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12 Smart Ways To Add Storage To Doors

handbags hanging on a hook on the back of a door

1. Handbag Hanger

This helpful handbag hanger hooks right over any door, and provides arched hooks that are perfect for purses and handbags. Hang one inside the closet in your entryway or in your bedroom to help keep your purses accessible, but out of the way.

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foil and cling wrap in an over the door organizer

2. Sink Cabinet Storage

This back of door organizer fits perfectly over a cupboard door, like the one under your kitchen sink. You can use it as a handy place to store long boxes like tin foil, wax paper, and ziplock bags. You could also store cleaning products in it too!

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white board hanging on the back of a cabinet door

3. Command Center

Speaking of cabinets, the inside of a cabinet door is a great place to create a “command center” for keeping track of notes and family appointments. We created one in our studio with a magnetic white board, a few pads of sticky notes, and a small organizer for coupons and other small papers. It’s a great way to keep the whole family on the same page!

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back of door organizer hanging on a pantry door and holding various items

4. Pantry Storage

from BHG.com

If you’re frustrated by your limited pantry space, look for a storage rack you can hang right on the back of your pantry door like this one! It’s a great place to store spices, condiments, snacks, and other things that are taking up room on your pantry shelves.

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collage of two photos showing back of the door storage holding pot lids

5. Pot Lids Rack

from Worthing Court

This kitchen makeover included the installation of a rack for lids. The rack hangs on the inside of a pantry door, which is a much better solution than trying to stack them precariously on a shelf!

white storage organizer on the back of a door holding various toiletry items

6. Extra Storage For Toiletries

from Blue i Style

It seems like no matter how big your bathroom is, there’s never enough space for all your toiletries, bathroom items, and cleaning supplies. Adding an adjustable rack to the back of the bathroom door can give you a LOT more space to work with, and it makes it easier to see when you’re running low on something!

various storage items hanging on the back of a closet door

7. Craft Supplies Station

from BHG.com

If your collection of art supplies, gift wrap, notebooks, and other craft-y items are feeling more like clutter, you can use the space on the back of a door to get more organized. In this project, they used pegboard, file holders, hooks, and even a small trash can to make a place for everything!

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various storage items hanging on the back of a closet door and holding tools

8. Tool Organizer

If you need a better solution for keeping your tools and everyday fix-it items in check, here’s a simple solution. Just hang up a few hooks, baskets, and even a magnetic bar on the inside of a door! With a door like this, you’ll know exactly where to find the right tools right when you need them.

Homework & School Supplies in a pocket organizer on the back of a door

9. Homework & School Supplies

from A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Use an over the door organizer with pockets to create a one-stop shop for your kids’ school supplies! Keep everything organized and labeled, and you’ll never have to hunt down pencil sharpeners or glue sticks before the kids can get started on their homework!

spices in a back of storage shelf

10. Spice Rack

To keep spices organized but tucked away, utilize hanging racks and a couple of rails to store them! This is a great solution for anyone who struggles to reach their spices when they’re stored up in high cupboards. Storing your spices on your pantry door can also help free up some cupboard space, so you can use it for something else.

bookshelves hanging on the back of a door

11. Bookshelves

Hang up a couple of narrow wood racks on a door to use as shelves for picture books! It will keep your little one’s book collection up off the floor, and they can easily see which books they have to choose from.

various storage options hanging on the back of a closet door and holding clothes and accessories

12. Outfit Station

from BHG.com

Sick of laying out your clothes out for the next day on a chair or dresser? Use the back of a door to create a useful outfit station! This project used over the door hooks, a towel bar, and a few pegs to create spaces to put together a whole outfit (shoes and accessories included)!

What other ideas would you add to this list?

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