Clutter busting ideas for hallways

Calm the chaos of a busy hallway and put an end to kicked-off shoes and abandoned coats with handy hangers and compact cubbies to stop the family’s essentials running out of the door

Choose a flexible unit

A sideboard with multiuse cubbies is ideal for family life. Simply swap the boxes round to suit, then add a big basket for larger belongings

Nornäs sideboard, £130, Ikea. for a similar basket, try the jute, £49.95, Luma

Co-ordinated cabinets

Teaming a shallow shoe rack and wall cubby in the same colour and finish will give your hallway a co-ordinated look, plus you can show off a few favourite belongings for an attractive display

Hemnes shoe cabinet, £80, Ikea. pigeonhole wall shelf and hooks, £85, Great Little Trading Co

Slimline storage

Create as spacious a feel as possible with unobtrusive furniture, then add boxes and baskets for bonus storage.

Super-long peg rail

As entrances tend to be quite compact, avoid overcrowding and put storage just along one wall. A peg rail is budget-friendly and doesn’t encroach on space. Hang baskets to hold small items. For a similar peg rail, try the Shaker, from £41.61, Jali

Low-level ledge to shelve reminders

Display accessories, art and notices on a shelf at dado-rail level, then attach hooks to hang clothing, keys and other household bits and bobs. For a similar shelf, try the floating shelf, £23.49, Wickes

For a similar bench, try the Tjusig, £65, Ikea. For a similar table, try the Chichester console, £740, Neptune

Quick fix storage solutions

Hide away footwear in a simple slimline cabinet; Daxton three-level shoe storage, £65, Habitat

A hanging basket is ideal to stop the post from piling up; Wall-mounted basket, £26, Hübsch range, Smallable

Stow hats, gloves, shoes and more in smart rattan drawers; St Ives four-drawer basket unit, £105, The White Lighthouse

A stylish trio of wooden cratesCrates, only £19.99 for three (were £44.99); Clifford James (

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