Has your coat closet become a black hole of mess? Are there things piled on the floor, coats flung every which way, and random bits of life stuffed in every corner? It’s amazing how much stuff can fit into an entry closet. Here are our best tips for stellar coat closet organization.
One of the hardest things to store is the never ending stash of hats, gloves, and scarves. If you have a shelf in your coat closet you can always add bins to store the various outdoor items. Martha Stewart suggests wire baskets.
Avoid mismatched gloves and misplaced scarves by keeping each family member’s cold-weather gear in individual wire baskets.
When everyone has their own place to store their outdoor gear you won’t have to spend every morning searching in vain for that missing glove.
Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes
Those every day shoes have to go somewhere. And usually they just get piled by the door. But there are ways to get them organized so that you can stop tripping over those shoes.
Better Homes and Gardens suggests a shoe tray.
Street dirt stays off the floor with a shoe tray placed at the bottom of the closet. Choose a design that’s easy to rinse and wipe clean.
A shoe tray is great for boots and other dirty shoes. If you need a bit more shoe storage than that consider putting a shoe shelf below your coats. Utilize the space from the floor to the bottom of the coats to store those kicks.
Kid Stuff Galore
Kids have a lot of STUFF. And it just seems to multiply by the day. There has to be a way to deal with the kid clutter. A Bowl Full of Lemons had the same dilemma. Here is her solution.
I decided we should cut the lower shelf in half and put up a “wall” in the middle. That way we could put two coat racks on the left side of the closet – one above the other, and keep our shoes, backpacks, lunch bags, etc. on the right side.
Make one side of your closet a traditional coat closet and leave the other side to corral all of that kid stuff. What a great idea! And with a double closet rod the kids can actually reach to hang up their own darn coats. That’s pure genius right there.
When you are getting ready to organize the “kid stuff” side take a look at what you need to store. Think about how you can use hooks or bins to house the stuff that makes your sweet offspring who they are.
What About the Coats?
We know, we know, it is a coat closet. So what are you going to do about those coats? HGTV has a few suggestions.
Rods and hooks will allow for jackets to be hung, eliminating the habit of coats being tossed onto a living room couch or chair.
Hooks can be great for children (or spouses) that don’t particularly like to mess with hangers. They can just toss the coat at the hook and go. 🙂 Coat rods are better for the more civilized among us. Use a combination of both so that the animals and their trainers in the zoo that is your home both have what they need.
Once your coat closet is organized you’ll be able to grab what you need to go out and enjoy life!
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