Coat Closet Organization

Ok, when you see my coat closet you may think it’s surely been longer than 2 years since the last time I cleaned it out, but alas, my old post doesn’t lie, and neither does the much bigger shoes my children now wear…So here goes, my current “before” picture:

Uh…Yikes! Flip flops do not work in the snow, and I don’t think we will be wearing our summer sun hats much this time of year, and with all the stuff on the floor, it’s a bit difficult getting my vacuum cleaner in there.

Ask Anna
Thank goodness for I’m An Organizing Junkies challenge or who knows when I would have made myself tackle this closet, and you know, after putting it off, it only took about 30 minutes to get it back into shape. (I wish I could get into shape that fast!)
I switched out the flip flops and stored the summer items in the basement with the beach toys, and donated  a bunch of shoes and coats that the kids have outgrown.
That left plenty of room up top for a bag to keep everyone’s snow pants in, and my cleaning caddy.
My shoe bag on the side still works great for holding everyone’s gloves and hats, and there are just enough spaces for each one of us to have one for each.
I labeled them previously with a permanent marker (sorry for the sloppy handwriting). I purged a few gloves and hats that were too small for the kids.

I’m thrilled to have it done, and I suspect the other members of the house are too!

Now there’s even room for my vacuum cleaner!


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  1. You are an inspiration, for sure! Now if I could just get motivated!! Your closet looks wonderful!

  2. Margo, your closet looks great! I definitely need to purge our coat closet. I’m fine until we bring up the bulky winter boots… then I have to find somewhere else to house the vacuum! Thanks for the motivation!
    Thanks for stopping by today and leaving a comment… I really appreciated it!
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

  3. I am very impressed! It looks great! Isn’t it amazing how much stuff you can put in there (and find) when it’s reorganized?

  4. Your closet looks great!

    I dont have a hall closet right now..and really miss one. =)

  5. You’re motivating me! I finally got all our board games out of the coat closet (what’s up with that?)…but yours looks so awesome.

    Have a lovely day.

    Neighbors About Town Blog

  6. My House My Rules says:

    Looks nice… I like the shoe caddy idea for gloves and hats.

  7. You did a great job! Here in Texas, we only have two and hotter. Wish it was colder because I love the caddy for the gloves and hats. I will pass this on to my northern friends/relatives. Thanks!

  8. Totally looks great!!! I love the shoe bag hanging on the side. I swear it is a fight to find a hat, or the other glove. This would so simplify the fights to find something!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  9. Wonderful! labeling things really is key to keeping things in their places.

  10. I found you via Raising Homemakers, I’m taking a look at some of your tips, they’re great. I’d love it if you’d link up with us for Favorite Post Friday at ; )

  11. Great job! I never even thought of doing this, but our coat closet sure needs it. When you open the door sometimes pillows fall out on your head! {its where I stow seasonal and extra decorative pillows} I have some work to do!
    Thanks for the inspiration,

  12. Your coat closet looks great! Doesn’t it feel so good to get things like this done?

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