Hangups over the door

hangups
Hangup in the entrance hallway. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

We always need hangups, that is, somewhere to hang stuff, don’t we? When you have limited space for hanging things, use your doors where it is possible.

I have a very small entrance hallway. Except for the entrance door it has one door to my storage room. On that door I use an over-the-door hang up thing for jackets and bags and such that I use frequently. Also my guests hang their coats and such on this hanger as there is no space for anything else for this. This particular one I bought at Lagerhaus long ago. I like its colorful heads. No longer sold, but there are similar ones around.

hangups
Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

On that very same door I use both sides for hanging things. On its inside I have two small over-the-door hangers.

hangups
Hang ups over the door. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

Both hangers are used for bags for recycling purposes. They hang on the inside of the door to my storage room so you don’t see them unless you open the door. The one to the left is used for bulbs and batteries, the one to the right for plastic bottles to be returned to the store after use. A plastic bag with various paint brushes alos hangs there at the moment. It is always hard to find space for all that recycling one does nowadays. Hang them on hooks over the door works when content isn’t heavy.

hangups
Hang up on the bathroom door. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

I also use the door to the bathroom for over-the-door hangers. Here I only use the inside of the door, in the bathroom. There isn’t really anywhere in the bathroom to hang things, except for one single hook on the wall and smallish hooks for towels and then the towel-dryer. I need somewhere to hang my bathrobes and some other clothes. One of Ikeas over-the-door hangers solved that. When I bought it they only sold them in grayish metal. Nowadays you can also get them in white.

hangups
Over-the-door hangers. Photo. ©nini.tjader.2016

Except for the entrance door, I only have three doors inside the flat (not counting the sliding doors to the bedroom or the door to the patio). I only use two of them for over-the-door hangups, the one to the bathroom and both sides of the door to the storage room. I could use the inside of the door to the walk-in-closet, but presently have no need for it. Nowadays you can even find mirrors done for hanging over the door.

So, when there is no other solution for hanging things, use your doors.

Finally got it up

grundtal, ikea, toolbar, kitchen
Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

This is GRUNDTAL from Ikea. I’ve had it for quite some time, laying around, collecting dust in the kitchen. I even bought a special drill to make the holes on the wall in the tiles (as the measures for the rail and the tiles do not add up to be able to make the holes between the tiles).

The other day, I finally made the 4 holes and put it up. Feels good. Yet another JDI (Jus Do It) task now done. This is the shortest model of the rail. Cheap. Useful. You get rid of the brushes and such from behind the tap, which makes it so much easier to keep it clean there. Need to find a new bottle-brush though. I really do not want it to be pink…

Storage, a constant headache

At the time when my present flat was built (2003) the standard was to build the storage space inside the flat.

So I have no outside storage place. We have a common bicycle storage place shared by us in the same house (6 households) that we also partly use for some gardenstuff, like the grill and such things. But it is not supposed to be used for that. We who use it have an unofficial oral agreement between us that we can do that though, in addition to store the bicycles there. There are only four bicycles in it presently. That standard, to build the storage room inside the flat, has changed since, and now they no longer build like that (I learned that from Monica in Umeå when she moved into her brand new flat there, which was planned with storage inside the flat, but in the end it got moved to another place). Standard now again is that storage is outside or in a special space.

My flat has two spaces to store things. One is the dedicated storage room, the other is the walk-in closet. Let us talk about the dedicated storage space first.

storage space

The storage space is immediately to the left when you enter the flat. This is the left side of it. There I keep an old Ikea Billy low bookcase for shoe-storage for those shoes that are not in season presently. It works for me as the depth of the shelf is just enough for my shoe-size. On top of it is a bathroom cupboard that contains wall-paint and brushes… I would love to have that cupboard in the bathroom (the cupboard, not the paint and brushes) but I don’t want to make holes in the tiles there. After that is the cabinet for cleaning stuff that originally was in the corner in my second hall where I today have my workspace. Resting against its wall is a full size ladder and a projector-table.

To get something out from here you first have to move what is in the way…

Just inside the door are the bags with papers and such which will go to the paper container for recycling eventually.

storage

This is the right side of the space. It has quite deep shelves all the way from the bottom up that can store a lot of things. In the middle you find various suitcases, non-used pictureframes with or without pictures, the shopping bag, a non-used lamp-shade, the winter-decorations for the railing at the outside place…

I have those big black boxes (from Granit) to hide the stuff in and keep it reasonably ordered. Like Xmas decorations, empty flowerpots, and everything else you can imagine. Over the winter the mower also lives in this space. Here is also all recycle stuff in various bags. And the vacuum cleaner which ought to be in the cleaning cupboard but then it gets really difficult to get it out when needed.

It is actually a light, well-lit space with the same hardwood floor as the entire flat. It even has an electric outlet. If I had less stuff to store, it could have been used as a work-room…

storage

On the door to the storage room are over-the-door-hangers that keep the Ikea recycle-bags for plastic bottles, cans, batteries, dead lamps… All this recycling takes a lot of space. Even if I would throw out a lot of things from here, there are still the re-cycling storage that take up the space.

I know what I have in this space and I can find everything, but I am not happy with the space because of all the reshuffling it takes to get something out of here. If I could get most of it in on the shelves… Then I would be able to enter without having to climb over all this stuff.

I know. I have too much stuff. Don’t we all?

blogg100