The possibility of removing a hall closet door, whether the closet is deep, shallow, wide, or narrow, you can make it into a “locker style” mud room downstairs – and upstairs can be a perfect indentation for open shelving! Who needs a closet door anyway? Think OUTSIDE the box!
Keep in mind if this is the direction you’re headed; be aware that you now have NO door to hide the clutter or disorganization. Therefore, this is a double-edged sword. Keeping items put away and neat will be key to keeping this space as beautiful as you designed it to be. If not, it’s just a new space that you will cringe each time you walk by. Start creating the habits today, and then make a game with the kids so they can join in on the organizational fun!