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[VIDEO]: How to Organize and Add Storage to Bi-Fold Closet Doors

Bi-fold doors have been a challenge of mine for years. I was always wondering how to add storage to the inside of bi-fold doors with an organized and elegant solution. I searched and searched online. I asked friends, family, and colleagues. It seemed that there were no solutions available. Luckily I never gave up and continued to search for the perfect storage solution. Check out the video below which shows my organized solution to adding storage to bi-fold doors:

The products I used to add storage to the inside of the bi-fold doors are the Over-the-Door Shoe Pockets (clear). They have four columns of pockets (enough pockets for two pairs of shoes per row). However, in order to fit them in my bi-fold doors, I had to cut off one column of pockets. Having only three columns does not bother me since I’m not using them for shoes.

So what do you think? Is this something that you would do in your home? Do you have a better solution? If so, I’d love to hear about it, or see it. Post your comments below.

How to Organize Bi-Fold Closet Doors

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Hi everyone, it’s Alejandra. And I’m standing here in my linen closet. I think I told you guys before, this is my favorite space in the house because it has pretty wallpaper on the back of the wall. It’s super functional and I have this really cute picture labels on the front of each box. So let me show you.

I originally showed you this organized linen closet in my organized home tour video. Inside of it I keep the cleaning supplies, the medications, this closet is like my pharmacy. That’s what I like to call it, my pharmacy. But there’s part of the closet that you haven’t seen yet.

There is another half of the closet that nobody has seen. In fact, maybe like two or three people have seen it but you guys haven’t seen it. So I’m going to show you.

For a while, I have been searching or trying to figure out a way to organize with a bi-fold door. Bi-fold doors are so annoying. Bi-fold doors and doors that slide into the wall, you can’t do anything with. I take that back. You can do very minimal with. It’s very difficult to maximize the inside or the outside of the door because of the way it folds or shuts.

So like literally, I’ve been thinking for like six or eight months now, “What can I do with the bi-fold door? Like there must be something you can do with the way you organize it or whatever.” So like I’ve been Googling how to organize a bi-fold door, how to maximize your space with a bi-fold door? I asked at The Container Store. I asked my colleagues. And like nobody could figure it out and I was like, “Well, you know what? I’m going to figure it out.”

How to Add Storage to Bi-Fold Closet Doors

So I figured out what to do with my bi-fold doors and now I’m going to share it with you. So what I did is…

Do you see how this goes into like the top of the track? Yeah. So what I did was, it actually goes in that little white piece up there like that piece and it still goes in but it’s just a little harder to get back in. There we go. All right. So it actually goes in this piece. I can’t get it back in. But what I did was I cut a little slit at the very top. Do you see that? So I can take it off this little sliding track. And what I did was I unlatch or unleashed it. I don’t know even know if that makes sense.

But I took it off and now, you can open the door like this. And what I did was I added door pockets in the insider of the door. You guys are probably like, “She’s crazy.” But what I did was I got this door pockets for all my travel size cosmetics because – so what I did was before this craziness, I had all of my travel size cosmetics or travel size like shampoos, conditioners, lotions, first aid just like in a box right here just like all my other stuff. And it had a little travel picture with the “travel” word right here. And it was just like so jam packed. There were like two bins and like I just wasn’t feeling it. I was like, “There must be another way.”

How to Organize Travel Toiletries

So I added the door pockets and I sorted all the travel products by type like shampoo, conditioner, makeup remover, body wash, lotions, grooming, soap, tissues, like any category I had. And obviously, I came up with like 30 categories because there is like 30 pockets here. And it works so beautifully. Let me get – I’m going to get a little travel bag and just do a little mock, pretend like I’m packing for a trip even though I’m not and just show you how easy it is. Hold on.

I grabbed my – it’s a little cosmetic bag and it’s actually like a peanut butter jelly sandwich. I’m just like – that’s just shows you like the clown inside of me. But OK, so I’m going to pretend like I’m packing for a trip and just show you how easy it is. OK. So I’m going on my trip and I know I need shampoo. So I grab the shampoo, conditioner, I’m going to need face wash, I’m going to need lotion, and let’s just say, I want to bring some Advil in case I get a headache, whatever. So I grab it. It’s so easy.

And then when I come back from the trip, I literally just pull everything out like I’m not going to have shampoo put back but let’s just pretend I do, come back and literally just like put it back in its places, lotions are there, Advil goes here, and face wash goes there. Like it’s so easy. It’s just super easy.

The point of this video is to tell you to think outside the box when it comes to organizing like just because these are made, these door pockets are made for shoes, you can use them for other things. You’ve seen my videos. You know I have them all over my house. I love them. But also, if you think something is impossible, it’s not impossible. You just got to keep thinking about it. So when I thought that storing things on a bi-fold door was impossible, yeah, it took me like six months to come up this idea but I’m totally utilizing all of my vertical space now like it was worth the wait.

How to Label Door Pockets

Also, let me just show you what else I did. These door pockets don’t have labels so what I did was I created my own label. I put a little business card pocket on the back of the sheet pocket and then I created this cute little label. It’s actually just like a background that I created. I labeled the pocket or the label and then I put this inside and it’s beautiful. It matches the design that is in this closet.

So that is the other half of the closet. I know some of you are going to be like, “You’re crazy. Like don’t you have enough space in here?” But yes, I do have plenty of space in this closet but I’m always looking to maximize my space. I’m looking for creative ways to do things around the house.

So anyways, if you like the idea, feel free to steal it. Tell everybody, share the video, do whatever you want. I will see you soon. Bye!

 

    Alejandra Costello
  • About Alejandra

    Over the past 9 years, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 85+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and "The Decluttering Queen" by Good Morning America, Alejandra's expertise has been featured in The New York Times, Oprah, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. You can read more about Alejandra here.

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