A little while ago, I wrote a post about how one might utilize the space behind a door for storage. The post featured examples that were all bookshelves, though I added that the concept could certainly be applied to other things. “I brought you to the Whole Foods; you bag the kale!” I said. That statement might have made sense in context, but probably not even there.
Point being, some inquisitive soul messaged me and was like, “Listen Annie, the internets aren’t really for using your imagination, so maybe you could just show me what you mean?”
Well, wouldn’t I be the happiest to.
The only parameters you must stay within is a. that whatever you store behind the door still allows the door to open enough that you and your greatest load-bearing housemate are able to pass through and b. nope, there’s no b. That’s it. Ding, ding, ding!
Any type of shallow-enough shelving or ledges can be situated just behind the door, and house such things as books, shoes, toiletries, cleaning supplies, craft supplies, and so on.
Photography: Laura Gummerman via A Beautiful Mess
There’s also no end to the viability of a shallow cabinet housed behind the door, as evidenced below:
Photo by Michele Lee Willson via Sunset
[That image above piqued my interest, (By the way, in the interest of full disclosure and forming an intimate connection between you and I through the sharing and receiving of this information: I’ve been bopping around the world pronouncing that word as peekayed until about three months ago when a certain someone heard and was all, “pee-whoed??” Live and learn folks, live and learn.) and upon further investigation, it appears as though it’s possible to buy a ready-made behind the door cabinet, see: here and here. Who knew? So much living and learning in one aside you almost thought about punching me through your screen.]
Another interesting option: situate a fold-out drying rack behind your laundry room door.
And to really hit the point home, I give you the last two examples, which manage to create an entire small entryway situation in the space behind their doors:
Consider your kale bagged, washed, and cut. But you’ve got to feed yourself.