In a small apartment, hallways represent space too valuable to use just for walking through and hanging photos.
The back hallway leading to our bedroom has always had a shallow dresser that I used for my t-shirts, gym clothes, and random beauty products. However, this back hallway also has a back door that T and I use on a daily basis. We take off our shoes the minute we walk in the door, especially during the winter. The shoes -- even just the two pairs we wore that day -- clutter up the space quickly.
My solution? A "highboy" style dresser with space underneath it perfect for shoes. Thanks to Craig's List and Ikea, I was able to purchase a cheap dresser that not only had space underneath it, but the drawers had runners on them so they are much smoother and easier to use than the previous dresser.
Unfortunately, though, the dresser's cheap "wood" finish job was significantly marred by the moving tape I myself placed on there. The danged dresser was forcing me to upgrade it!
Dresser, I'd like you to say "hello" to two bottles of white spray paint, some new brass knobs (top ones are slightly different than the bottom three), a dresser cloth from my grandmother, and some contact paper!
Yeah... you like it. You're much better looking now, and my flip-flops love living underneath you.