This is our coat closet. It's a wreck. Obviously. About a year ago, we put four hooks on the door so that the children could be responsible for their own coats. It helped with independence, but certainly was not a miracle-worker for organization. If I were to do it over again, I would invest in Command Hooks, which require no screws and can be removed without a mark. I still love having the hooks available at the children's heights.
Update: See our updated small coat closet organization now that we have FIVE people's stuff in the closet! It's so much better!!
At the bottom of the closet, I had used a shoe organizer topped with two wicker baskets. I thought the baskets were working to corral stuff, but really, I think they were just a dumping ground. We would lose items like hats, gloves, and even shoes in the baskets. (This closet is rather dark with no electrical lighting in it.) We keep our backpacks, diaper bag, and my purse in the closet, too.
It's important to make the most of what you do have, right? I am also trying to be content with what I have or at least spending very little to make the closet a happy place for me. I spent about a month trying to figure out how to improve our coat closet and make it better organized. Fully disorganized, this closet was often on my mind. (Looking online didn't help solve my problem, but if you do not have a mudroom, like me, maybe this or this will help you, though they did not work for us.)
I think I have finally figured out what works for us. What did I do?
- First, I removed everything from the closet. WOW! That was a lot of stuff! I also swept and mopped the floor while it was empty.
- I sorted the items in the closet. Many items needed a new, appropriate home or to be given away. (A few hats went right to the garbage can.) Some things that left the closet: snow pants, too small shoes, summer shoes, rarely worn shoes, too small coat, summer shoes, some sports equipment, and definitely the baskets! I had to remember that we each have our own closet in our bedroom to be utilized.
~ On this top shelf I replaced the diaper wipe box with a plain white box. (It's free and slightly more attractive than the purple and yellow box.) Several items were removed to a more appropriate place in the house, donated, or even thrown away. The hats now fit in the basket. I did leave my neck pillow there for when we travel.
~ Limited it to having two coats in the closet for the kids. My husband and I have three coats. Once it warms up, I will make it a point to remove the heavy winter coats and add lightweight jackets, as needed.
~ I also had a spare hanging organizer of the small variety. This is working so much better than the baskets. Essentially, it is a cubby for each of us. We each have a little cubby there for hats, gloves, and such. Little Sis's shoes are so tiny (and clean) that I am keeping them in her cubby.
Here is the new, much more organized closet!
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions for improving it further?
UPDATED: See our new and improved organized coat closet! The shoes became out of hand, but we found a great solution for us!
You might also like our organized small pantry.