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Every day’s mission has four parts to it:
Keep It Clean
On Day One, we organized the entryway: the first space in our homes that guests see. Today, we’re organizing coat closets.
Hopefully, you also took my advice yesterday to do a little laundry, because we’re going to be busy for the next few days!
How to Organize Coat Closets
Remove Clutter from Your Coat Closet
Removing clutter from the coat closet makes it easier to find your gear in a hurry and put it away once you get home. As you know, guests often see this spot when they visit. So, organizing the coat closet helps create a good first impression of our homes.
1. Throw These Things Away
- Obvious trash
- Anything that is
- Worn-out clothing and items
- Wire hangers from the dry-cleaner
Before we clean, we need to empty the closet completely. This is a good time to separate things you need to get rid of from things you want to keep.
2. Donate These Things
- Coats that don’t fit
- Boots or shoes that don’t fit
- Gloves or scarves you don’t use
- Extra baseball hats
- Sports gear and backpacks your kids have outgrown
- Anything else in good condition but which your family hasn’t used, worn, or looked for in the past year
3. Put These Where They Belong
What belongs in this category will be different for every home, of course. Some of the things I’ve found while organizing coat closets over the years include:
- Picnic gear
- Beach towels
- Purchases I should have returned
- Dog toys (so many dog toys!)
- My son’s “missing” retainer
Organize Your Coat Closet
Organizing a coat closet makes it more useful and maximizes storage. If your coat closet is small, increase your storage with a second closet rod that hangs from the first one. You don’t even need any tools!
Be Strategic with Shelf Space
If your closet has a shelf above the rod, remember that it’s not a convenient spot for things you’ll use frequently. The more inconvenient it is to use, the less likely your family will use it. So, while organizing your coat closet, reserve that spot for out-of-season storage or things you only need now and then.
Use Empty Vertical Space
Smaller items like gloves, winter hats, even pet leashes remain accessible yet out of the way with an organizer that hangs inside the door. You can use it to hold shoes, too, though I prefer a small shoe bench like this one because those pockets can collect dirt.
If you have very young children, a row of hooks placed low on one wall makes it easier for them to hang up their coats and bags.
No Wire Hangers
As far as coat hangers, use the sturdiest ones you can. Wire hangers can’t handle the weight of a heavy winter coat, and they often snag lighter jackets. Instead, opt for heavy plastic or wood hangers when organizing your coat closet.
Be sure to leave some empties to hold guests’ coats, too!
Cleaning the coat closet is a speedy task. As with any cleaning process, work from top to bottom so dirt and dust don’t settle on surfaces you’ve already cleaned.
Specifically, you want to:
- Dust the ceiling, shelves, and walls
- Clean the light fixture if you have one
- Wipe the closet rod and hooks
- Wash the door inside and out
- Clean the baseboard
- Sweep or vacuum the floor then mop
Hang it Up
Make sure the hangers all face the same direction. Doing so makes it easier to grab the coat you want. Also, be sure there’s enough space to add or remove coats when needed without having to shove everything around. If it’s still crowded, you need to thin out the clothing you’ve decided to keep!
Take the items that belong elsewhere and put them away. Or if the things are mostly your kids’ toys or belongings, have them do some chores that kids can do to earn them back! Whatever you do, don’t just stuff them back in place or you’ll undo all of your efforts to organize the coat closet.
Move the box of items you’ll be donating into your car’s trunk. Next time you’re out of the house, swing by your local charity — they’re always grateful for gently-used sweaters and coats!
Keep it Clean
Keeping everything tidy will become second nature as we progress through this series. It’s the final step for each day and takes only minutes. But what a difference it makes when you’re done!
For today, check your entryway and make sure it looks just as good as it did yesterday. Then take a break — you’ve earned it!
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