AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover

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I’m still in a state of disbelief that come September my youngest starts school. For the first time since becoming a mother almost 8 years ago, both my children will be in ‘full time’ childcare 9am-3pm each day. It’s such a milestone and I’m both excited and apprehensive. With big changes happening in our lives, it’s a perfect time to make some small changes at home to help us adapt to our new routines. As a busy mam of two children, with a part-time job and a business to run I know it’s going to be essential to be as organised as possible when I have two kids in school and have two sets of homework, dress down days, school trips and letters from school etc to keep on top of.

A key way to keep morning madness to a minimum is involving everyone in the home.  When the home is set up so that the kids don’t need constant help, it’s so much easier. We already have coat pegs and shoe racks at a level so they can get those themselves. We also have IKEA Stuva wardrobes and drawers in their bedrooms so they can reach their clothes and dress themselves without much assistance.

But this summer, I headed back to IKEA to get some more affordable pieces to make our lives easier as we transition to our new routine. There is literally nowhere better for getting great pieces for small spaces organised than IKEA and that’s probably why there isn’t a room in our home that doesn’t already have IKEA furniture in it. Read on to find out how we plan on getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover…

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
Before and then after.

IKEA hallway makeover

The key area where drama happens in our house on a busy school/work morning is in our long narrow hallway, where we seem to struggle to physically get out the door. Please tell me I’m not alone here? This is where voices end up being raised, shoes/coats/bags/bottles etc go missing and everyone is in and out about 50 times as they forget things or need to check things.

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
A before of the hallway

For almost 8 years we have had a pram/stroller living in our hallway as this is the only space we have for it. It’s meant that we haven’t had any room to put anything else in there. Now that my 4-year-old is starting school though we feel it’s time to say goodbye to our beloved buggy (now that’s the end of an era, where will I store all the bags and snacks now?!). So this frees up some space finally and I had concrete plans for how to make the space more functional with the help of IKEA.

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
As you can see, before the hallway was bland and messy.

TRONES cabinets

Firstly, we have purchased two TRONES shoe cabinets (£22 each) to attach to our hallway wall by the front door. These are perfect for our narrow hallway as they are only 18cm deep so don’t protrude out much into the corridor saving us some much needed space. Each TRONES has 2 drawers that tilt outwards so two TRONES gives each member of our family of four a slot.

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
The TRONES is perfect for creating storage in small spaces.

Importantly the children’s slots will be at a height that they can reach. My plan is that that’s where all the things they need for their school day will go. For example, bag, water bottle, letters, caps and gloves. We already have a hallway cupboard where shoes and coats are stored (again at heights they can reach). Papa Ginge and I can use our slots for our letters, keys and the things we need (or often can’t find) as we are heading out of the door.

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
The kids have a TRONES drawer each.

I’ve also picked up some decorative pieces to pop on top of the TRONES to make them look that little bit more stylish and homely. I got the VINDFLÄKT gold tealight holder (£10) and FEJKA artificial succulents (£4).

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
FEJKA artifical succulents are a bargain at £4
AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover


I’ve lost count of how many times we are on the school run and realise the kids have toothpaste on their faces. Or how many times I go to put my shoes on as we leave the house and can’t see if my shoes match my outfit (of course I ask Papa Ginge who says, ‘how would I know’ so I have to run up two flights of stairs to our full-length mirror to check). I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce the IKEA NISSEDAL mirror (£25) to our hallway so we can check ourselves properly before we leave the house. This means I can tell the children to check and wipe their own faces and they can do this more easily by themselves, freeing me up to do the tasks that only I can do. I can also do a quick double-check that I’m not committing any major fashion faux pas too.

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
The NISSEDAL mirror will definitely be in many #OOTD photos going forward.

SKÅDIS pegboard and accessories

Finally, to complete the IKEA hallway makeover, I’ve bought an IKEA SKÅDIS pegboard (£15) and some small accessories to go on it. My idea is this can be the organisational hub for the household.

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
The SKÅDIS peg board is going to help our family be more organised.

We have two SKÅDIS letter holders (£1.50 each) which we will slot incoming/outgoing post in. The SKÅDIS roll holder (£1.50) will be used to hang our sellotapes and washi tapes on for easy access. We will use the SKÅDIS three-pack of containers with lids (£7) to house our Blutac, pins and measuring tape. The SKÅDIS shelf (£3) will be used to safely store Glasses/sunglasses so no one has an excuse for not being able to find them as we are leaving the house. We will use the SKÅDIS container (£2) for storing all the pens as nobody ever seems to be able to find one when they need them. The SKÅDIS clips (£1.50 for a pack of 2) will allow the kids to clip school letters to the pegboard. Us adults can clip other notices we need to remember on it too. This plan will work, right?

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
How we plan using the SKÅDIS pegboard. Lena is clearly stoked.

Basically, all the bits and bobs that people struggle to find when they need them are going to be right there where they can seem – and importantly, reach them!

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover

I love how multifunctional the SKÅDIS is (and how affordable). I’ve seen it used inside wardrobe doors, in kitchens, in bathrooms. If we wanted to stop using it in the hallway, it’s great that we could find an abundance of other uses throughout the house for it. Now that I’ve got one and can see how versatile it is I think I’ll get several more for use on the inside of several of our doors to help us get organised in a way that saves space.

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
We also added some photos to make it more homely.

I’m feeling much more positive and organised about Lena starting school and Arlo going back to school from making these small but significant changes to make our space more functional for our changing lives. Sometimes you just need to make some practical preparations to feel more prepared mentally too. Will these changes help us get out the door more quickly in the mornings? Only time will tell!

AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover
See how useful the pegboard is?!

How do you think it looks? Have you got any IKEA organisation hacks or storage tips? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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AD: Getting organised for back to school with an IKEA hallway makeover

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  1. August 12, 2019 / 18:39

    Oh wow I think it looks fantastic but most of all – functional! Love that every member of the house has their own little place x

  2. Becki Waton
    August 12, 2019 / 19:09

    Love the idea of using the shoe rack as drawers for each member of the family and so clever that the bottom two are at the kids’ height!! Those succulents look fab too!

  3. Rebecca Butler
    August 12, 2019 / 19:41

    Definitely buying one of those peg boards now… maybe even 2!!
    Great tips. Love the use of the narrow shoe cupboard for storing school bags & homework. Genius!
    Thank you

    • August 20, 2019 / 07:54

      Thank you Rebecca, hope you like them

  4. August 12, 2019 / 19:45

    I really love these ideas – amazing! I didn’t know there was a hall cupboard that narrow so will definitely be looking into this for my tiny hall. I just love your idea of storing letters, glasses etc near the door! So organised. Melis x

  5. Cassie
    August 12, 2019 / 20:25

    I’ve been recommended to get a trofast for the uniform. You have a drawer for each day and then it’s all ironed and ready to go. The kid can get themselves dressed without you having to detour to get the uniform out. Just need to stay on top of the washing 🙈

    Fab post and I can imagine your excitement and at working with Ikea.

    • August 20, 2019 / 07:56

      Thanks Cassie! I was stoked. I’ve seen the Trofast idea, it’s a great one.

  6. Beth
    August 12, 2019 / 22:01

    Love this idea. Functional, yet fashionable. Great fit you teaming up with Ikea. Hope there are more organisational ideas on the way. This should help you all stay on track for the upcoming school year! Well done. Cheers 👍🏻🙋🏼💜

  7. Jaime
    August 12, 2019 / 23:24

    I love the skinny cabinets! They are seamless in your front hall. Mornings here are always a rush bcuz school starts at 7:40! Always struggling for a spot for school bags. Great ideas

    • August 20, 2019 / 07:58

      Is that like nursery school or school school? The kids go to nursery for 7.30 here and then proper school starts at 8.55am until 3.15pm.

  8. Catherine
    August 13, 2019 / 05:54

    Some fab ideas here and just the push I need to get sorted for September! My littlest is starting nursery and I’m going to use those two hours a day to sort the house. We have the pegboard in my oldest son’s room but definitely going to get more for the playroom after seeing this.

    • August 20, 2019 / 07:58

      Thanks Cat, good luck with it all!

  9. Michelle
    August 13, 2019 / 07:07

    Great idea for the cabinets other than shoe storage! I’m all for getting the little people to independently get ready as much as possible.

  10. Laurie
    August 13, 2019 / 21:43

    It looks fantastic! I feel like I could never do it- I’m a horrible decorator and the least organized woman on Earth!

    • August 20, 2019 / 07:53

      Thank you Laurie! You’ve got plenty of other things on your plate!

  11. August 14, 2019 / 08:43

    Looks great! IKEA to the rescue! it was amazing how much space we had in our hall when we got rid of our pram too! We have a shoe cupboard (the cupboard of doom!) which needs sorting our before they go back to school! spending time looking for school shoes is the worst.

    • August 20, 2019 / 07:52

      Oh we have a cupboard of doom too, two actually. They are the worst!

  12. Safron
    August 14, 2019 / 15:08

    Love these ideas. We are always tripping over shoes in the hallway!

  13. August 20, 2019 / 13:23

    Nyomi I LOVE this! Seriously! I’m such a huge fan of Ikea (our entire house is decked out in their furniture and we love it!) and I’ve been looking at those shoe cabinets for ages, seeing them in store I’ve never been convinced they’d look good in our home but I LOVE them in your hallway, they look so good and I love the idea of being able to utilise the top of the units for some extra space. Our hallway is absolutely teeny so I need to see if we can get it to work – fingers crossed! At the moment our hallway is completely covered in shoes and it looks so messy so this could be a dream, also love the idea of having somewhere to put our post cos at the moment I find it dumped all over the house!

    • August 20, 2019 / 14:29

      Thanks Chloe! Hope it helps you. Its made getting out the house so much easier for us.

  14. August 22, 2019 / 20:56

    Wow, I love the makeover! I have a long, narrow hallway and have struggled to come up with ideas to make use of the space. Thank you for the inspiration! I sure hope yours is successful in its purpose.

    • August 30, 2019 / 12:48

      Thanks so much Abbie, good luck with yours too.

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