I’m blessed to have a coat closet in our house. It’s right inside the door, and it’s the best place to toss shoes, jackets, and odds and ends from the car. However, this means that over the course of a few months it becomes a dumping ground for way too much gear. I can’t believe I’m showing you this right now, but since late winter, this is what our coat closet has become:
Obviously, it needed help in more ways than one. I spent a few days cleaning it out, organizing it, and making a few things to make our lives easier. Even though it’s still technically summer, it is a great time to clean out the coat closet. Here are a few tips I discovered to make it painless:
Set a shoe limit. Determine how many pairs of shoes will fit in the closet without getting jumbled. For us, it is 3 pairs of shoes per family member. Then ask each member of the family to pick out the pairs that they wear the most often and line them up in the closet. The rest of the shoes must be taken to their closet.
Now is a good time to sort coats. Fall Consignment sales are approaching, and sorting those coats now will give you a head’s up to keep an eye out for specific sizes. Keep aside any outgrown coats or jackets for the next kiddo or for the Give-A-Kid-A-Coat campaign that usually starts in November. I also keep extra hangers for the laundry in the coat closet.
The Top Shelf:
Our top shelf has been a catch-all for reusable shopping bags, hats, scarves, umbrellas, tissues, lunchboxes, and anything else we didn’t know where to put but needed easy access. However, if I reached for one item, it seemed as if five would fall on my head. I solved this problem by creating every member of the family their own bin. On the outside of each bin, I put a vinyl chalkboard label with each person’s name. Now, items are only allowed to go in the bin of the person to whom it belongs and not just flung on the shelf.
The best part? I made the cute bins for FREE from diaper boxes and fabric from my stash. I used the great box covering tutorial from Positively Splendid and the Basket Liner Tutorial from Make It-Love It. The only thing I altered for the basket liner is I did not create a casing or tie. I made my liners snug enough to fit firmly over the box without a tie.
What are the tips that you use to keep your coat closet organized?
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