Find Storage on a Closet Door

Helloooooo! Yass, it’s been a while, but I’m back…today anyway. The weather broke and we’re back to typical North Carolina winter weather (50s and 60s), so I dug out from under the mountain of blankets, peeled myself from the sofa, and by Gawd I did a little DIY. Woot woot!

I’m embarrassed to say (not really, because y’all know me by now) that I’ve been meaning to do this simple little ditty for a couple of months. Here’s a variation of it (Closet Organization Sans Tools) that I did back at the condo a few years ago. Actually, almost four years to the day–coincidences like that fascinate me. Apparently the end of January is when my organizational impulse kicks in.

Before I get off track though, the Closet Organization Sans Tools was about utilizing the inside of a closet door for storage where maybe you don’t own a drill or perhaps you’re renting and drilling holes is a no-no.┬áToday’s project takes it just one step further by adding a drill and more permanent fasteners.


  • Three inexpensive hooks ($3.25 ea)
  • A drill w/drill bit and phillips head bit
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Step ladder (if you’re short like me)
Some simple tools will do the trick.

The Problem

I have three backpacks that take up real estate on the floor or valuable shelf space. And I’m never sure which closet each one is in. It’s been status quo for me to check all three closets before I find the backpack I’m looking for. Before you ask, yes, I need three backpacks. I need the big pack for travel, medium pack for my laptop and sometimes travel, and small pack for Grace–it’s the equivalent of a diaper bag for my pup’s stuff when we hike or road trip (for┬áthe basics: treats, bowl, water, poo bags). Yep, my dog has her own micro pack and I’m okay with that!

Three backpacks and a small closet.

The Solution

Install a series of hooks on the back side of the closet door on which to hang backpacks. They’ll be in one location and not taking up coveted closet space.

The hooks in action. Tiny closet = poor photography!


  • MAKE YOUR MARK. If you like for everything to be just so, measure the center of your door so you can get the hook centered. If you don’t care about that, eyeball it and ditch the tape measure.
  • LEVEL. Mark one hole with a pencil, and then use the level to get the hook straight before you mark the second hole. I do like to have things level and cannot hang anything without one.
  • DRILL. Drill pilot holes slightly smaller in circumference and shorter than the screws.
  • ATTACH. Use the screwdriver bit on your drill to attach the hooks with the screws.


  • Hold the level across the bottom of the hook. You have more of a plane to work with on the bottom rather than the tips of the hooks on top. Trying to use the level on top of the hooks gets pretty squirrelly.
  • If your arms aren’t the guns they once were, hold the drill no higher than mid-chest. You’ll have more control and leverage to put behind the drill when tightening the screws. If I get my arms above mid-chest, I’m more likely to not have the pressure I need behind it and strip the screw heads. This is where the step ladder comes in–so you can get at that top hook and still hold the drill mid-chest.
Use the level across the bottom of the hook rather than trying to rest it on top.

This project took about 20 minutes from start to finish and the backpacks are all together, out of sight, and occupying what was previously dead space. A win-win-win! Trifecta! Triple-header! You get the idea.

The backpacks are out of sight and not taking up closet space. You can’t even see them!

And that’s a wrap! Less than $10 and 20 minutes to get the backpacks off the floor, out of the way, and where I’ll always know to find them. I call that a productive rainy Sunday. If you’ve found a use for dead space in your closet, let me know–I’d love to share your ideas on the blog!