Is your coat closet a mess? Is it hard to find what you need, when you need it? If so, you’ll love this post about how to organize a coat closet!
In our entry, we have a coat closet right by the front door. It holds all of our coats for every season, our hats, gloves and scarves, snow boots, umbrellas and my husbands many ball caps.
It’s a decent size closet, and holds a lot of stuff. But, when it wasn’t organized it was hard to find anything. We would try to find a certain set of gloves or mittens, and might find one glove or mitten we were looking for on the only shelf, but not the matching one.
Here’s what our coat closet looked like before:
I even tried having a large plastic bin on the shelf to hold everything, but no one wanted to lift it off of the high shelf to find the missing glove, mitten or hat. (And by no one, I mean me!)
Finally, the moment came when I knew I needed to buckle down and get our coat closet organized. This moment came came the day my husband spent a lot of time looking for his brand new glove. He had found one, but could not find it’s mate.
I decided right then that something needed to be done. We needed a way to hold all of the gloves, mittens, hats and scarves so that they would be easy to find.
How To Organize A Coat Closet
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A good friend recently had a closet organizer re-do the coat closet in their mudroom. It is a lot wider than our closet, and they added a column of shelves in the middle of the closet to hold their miscellaneous winter items.
I liked the idea of the column of shelves, but hated losing our limited coat hanging space. So, I decided to try something else instead.
I’ve created a short video which shows what I did to organize our coat closet.
Our organized coat closet!
To keep our odds and ends of winter gear organized, I bought a 3 drawer cart to put in the bottom of the closet on the floor. It’s very sturdy, and the drawers open and close easily. I left the wheels off so that the cart wouldn’t move too much on the hardwood floor.
It was so easy to organize our gloves, hats & scarves in the 3 drawers. I used my label maker to label each of the drawers. My husband has a drawer for his hats and gloves, and I have two drawers. One for gloves and mittens, and one for hats and scarves.
No more pawing through a pile of gloves and hats! Now we can find what we need quickly.
Some of our coats are pretty heavy, so strong wooden hangers were a must for our newly organized closet. They are much more durable than the plastic hangers that we were using before to hang our coats on.
To use some of the back of the door space efficiently, I decided to hang a large Command hook for all of the cloth bags I had all over the house (and could never find when I needed one).
The one shelf we have in the closet holds blankets we use in the winter when we watch TV, our umbrellas (on the right side of shelf) and my husband’s hats.
I added a bit of a surprise to our closet too. It’s usually cold, gray wintertime when we use this coat closet, so I wanted to add a bit of brightness to it.
What I did to add some cheer was to hang a picture of my favorite place, the beach, above the shelf. I know that’s kind of an unusual place to hang a picture, but now when I open the door I see the sunny beach. It always makes me smile when I see it!
It’s so nice to open the door of our coat closet now, and be able to find a certain pair of gloves, or hat and scarf. Everything has a place!
Do you have any tips for organizing a coat closet?
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