If you have guests coming over for the holidays and you want a place to put all of their coats, boots, and cold weather gear, then maybe it's time to create a little extra space in your coat closet! Sure, you can always nominate one child as the runner to ferry coats to/from a bedroom, but wouldn't it be nicer to allow them to hang up their coats on a hanger? I tackled this project in my own home this week and it took less than an hour, and didn't cost me a thing! So let me show you how to organize a coat closet before the holidays!
Now I am lucky in that I have a separate space to hold all of the kids coats, shoes, and gear downstairs next to our basement door (which is where the kids enter the house most of the time). Our main coat closet near our front door is where Steve and I keep all of our coats, boots, and hiking shoes and it also serves as our “cleaning closet” to hold our vacuum cleaner, Swiffer mops, etc. It wasn't a disaster, but it was in need of a little organizing.
We had a hanging bar that was overly packed with our coats as well as a section where I had all of my handbags hanging on hangers (which was taking up way too much space!). The left side of our coat closet held all of our cleaning supplies with mops, brooms, and long dusters all crowded together on just a few hooks, and all the swiffer products were just loosely stacked in a corner on the floor. The floor of the closet was piled with shoes stacked on top of one another, and I knew we could make a more efficient use of the floor space. On the right side of the closet are two great little built-in shelves, but we weren't really using them. Across the top of our coat closet are two long shelves but it was impossible for me to each anything on the upper shelf without getting out a step ladder. And the lower shelf didn't offer enough height.
I knew we could make this whole space work better for us, and create some room to hang guests coats.
The first thing I did was spent some time re-working what was hanging on that long bar. I sifted through and discarded some of the coats that Steve and I no longer wear and put them into the charity donation pile. Then I took all of the handbags, removed them from their hangers and organized them into two clear plastic bins. Now I can store all the handbags up on the top of the coat closet and just pull down the entire tote when I want to switch out bags.
I organized the cleaning supplies by making sure that there was only one item hanging on each hook (so simple but it makes such a difference!), and then corralled together all of the Swiffer products into a plastic bin which I put in the back corner of the closet. Now there's plenty of room to easily get the vacuum cleaner in and out of the closet when I want to use it.
We had an extra set of shoe shelves hanging out in our garage just waiting to be used! So I cleaned them, put felt pads on the bottom so they won't scuff up my wood floors, and I am using them to organize all of my hiking shoes and sneakers. Tucked underneath the shoe shelf (and on the upper shelves) I have a bounce dryer sheet which helps to keep the whole closet smelling nice and fresh!
The built-in shelves on the right side of the closet are for our “grab-and-go” items. Here I've placed gloves, earmuffs, hats- anything that Steve I want to grab when throwing on a coat and heading out the door.
Up on top of the closet we decided to remove one of the two shelves so that we would have more height to store taller bins. Now we can easily store those handbag totes as well as a couple of bins for extra hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants and everything else we don't need daily access to.
Now our coat closet is neat and organized, and there's plenty of empty hangers available for guests to use what they come and visit for the holidays!