Now that the winter is here our previously pristine coat closets are getting plenty of use. Some of us are discovering that perhaps it’s time to do a little re-organizing of our closets to get the best use.
After all, a well organized entry closet can save time when running out the door!
Today we’re diving into clever coat closet organizing ideas!
1. Do Double Duty With A Hanging Bar Extension
If closet space is at a premium, add an extra closet rod lower down for a second tier to hang coats and jackets. You can also use a closet bar extension to accomplish this.
Remember, you can use S hooks to hang purses,
2. Add Extra Shelves Above
Most builder grade closets have a single shelf and hanging bar. Create out-of-season storage for infrequently used items higher up.
Add a shelf toward to the top of the coat closet with just enough room for a row of baskets. Keep a tall hook hanging in the closet to easily pull down those top shelf baskets by their handles.
3. Go Vertical And Use Wall Hooks
It’s easier for kids to hang their coats and backpacks on hooks than on hangers. Place hooks at varying heights so they are easy to reach.
Plus vertical space is often wasted and goes unused. Make the most of every storage solution, including wall space… especially if you only have a small space.
Other items you might use hooks to store:
- Winter coats
- School backpacks or empty lunch bags
- Dog leashes
RELATED POST: Read Tips For Using Decorative Wall Hooks As Storage
4. Use Baskets or Storage Bins To Sort & Wrangle
Baskets are perfect for keeping items like scarves, winter gloves, and hats sorted by type. You could also sort by family member and ensure each has their own basket.
Use baskets if you need to hide the mess, or clear bins if you want to quickly be able to see what is contained in each (without digging).
5. Make Space For Shoes
Shoe organization might look different depending on how diligent your family is about putting shoes away.
For some, this needs to be as simple as a shoe tray to quickly toss shoes on. For others, a bench with a shoe rack underneath is the perfect way to store shoes after sitting to take them off.
A shoe shelf inside the coat closet might be the solution for those who keep multiple pairs of shoes. Create a labeled section for each family member.
6. Create A Key Hanger
Hang house keys, or store keys you use infrequently with labels. Create your own key hanger by adding small hooks to the bottom of a shelf, a wooden frame, or pinboard. Up your game by making this show-stopping DIY succulent planter with key hooks.
7. Expand The Coat Closet Into The Entryway
Integrate items like wall hooks, umbrella stands, or coat racks into the design of your entryway or mudroom. If you have room for a console, place a small trinket tray to empty your pockets into and place keys, sunglasses, or change.
A bench with shoe storage in the entryway is always handy if you have a small closet.
8. Make The Most of Floor Space
Don’t just leave the floor space unused. Whether you add cubbies to store shoes and other items, or add a drip mat for rain boots or snow boots, be sure to make the most of it!
If you have enough space, you could remove the closet door and build a storage bench with drawers or shelves. This opens the closet to the entryway making it more of a mudroom style storage space.
9. Install An Adjustable Closet System
Sometimes our needs change, and a closet system with shelves that can be moved accommodate needs the best!
If a full fledged closet system isn’t in the budget, use fabric closet shelves and bins that hang from a closet rod. Or configure cubbies and clothes rack on wheels to fit inside your closet.
10. Declutter, Clean, & Re-Organize Once Per Season
No matter how clever the storage type or method used, you have to declutter and organize periodically. Do a quick organizing session once per season for optimal results.
You’re On Your Way To A Great Closet!
These coat closet organization ideas will help keep the piles off the closet floor, and keep things cute and tidy!
My own coat closet got an overhaul before the winter season. It went from lost space to optimized in a few simple projects. It works perfectly for the way my family lives. You can see all of my coat closet makeover here.