9 Tips for Organizing a Functional Coat Closet
9 steps to completely organize a coat closet from start to finish to make it beautiful and functional + free printable labels.
Oh my stars! I can BREATHE again!
The coat closet is organized and finally functional!
I have just two moods in January:
1. I literally want to do nothing but hibernate in my pjs until spring or…
2. Organize all the things.
But I absolutely couldn’t hibernate until THIS monstrosity was fixed:
It stresses me out just looking at it.
But now… ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
It’s a sight to behold, I tell ya. And I honestly can’t believe it took me this long.
If you’ve been in the same boat on the coat closet battle front, I thought I’d give ya a few tips that might help maximize your space.
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9 Tips to Organize a Functional Coat Closet
1. Remove EVERYTHING
That’s probably a total Captain Obvious tip, but even if you plan on keeping some of the existing items in the closet, pull them out anyway and start with a blank slate so you can work from scratch.
2. Give it a fresh paint job
Yeah, it’s a total pain, but it helps so much with that “fresh start” mindset. And if it’s a musty closet, it needs it for the smell factor anyway.
We just used leftover paint we had from our master bedroom. (Yay for free leftovers!) I love how the black makes everything else pop.
3. Be real with yourself about what you really need
If you haven’t used an item in that closet in the last year, get rid of it. Into the donate pile it goes. Because chances are, you’re not going to miss it.
4. Take an inventory of what you will be keeping and put them into categories
I made piles with the items I planned on keeping for hats, gloves, scarves, coats, shoes, workout equipment, gift wrap, and Robert’s chiropractic items he occasionally uses for a bad neck/back problem.
By putting items in categories, you’ll know exactly how many bins and baskets you’ll need.
5. Measure your closet
Get out the tape measure and determine the height, width, and depth of your closet and keep those measurements in the notepad on your phone.
While you’re out shopping for baskets, bins, and shelves, you’ll know exactly what will fit and what won’t without any trial and error.
6. Invest in pretty baskets and bins that are the right dimensions
Choosing things that are “pretty” will encourage you to keep the space looking beautiful.
7. Labels are your best friend
That way there’s no question where anything goes. My trick is to use these cheap ID/luggage tags. I whipped up some coat closet labels for them that you can download and print yourself.
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8. Use matching hangers
I really like these velvet hangers to keep slippery jackets from sliding off. It’s amazing how much a pack of matching hangers can do for a closet.
9. Utilize vertical storage space on your closet’s side walls
Put all of the walls in your closet to work by installing cubby shelves and wall baskets. These baskets were perfect for storing our rolls of gift wrap, gift bags, and tissue paper.
That’s it! Totally worth every second, and really most of the job was knocked out in just a day while sporadically chasing the kiddos around the house.
If you want to know about any of the sources I used, you can find them all here:
- Paint color: Kilz Rebel
- Shoe cubby (we used two stacked on top of each other)
- White woven bins
- Lidded floor baskets (ours are the large and medium)
- Wall baskets
- Velvet hangers
- Label tags
Now, I’m off to hibernate until spring. Juuuuuust kidding. We still have plenty of cabinets, drawers, and closets (plus an entire office and garage) that need major help.
But progress is progress!
And now I have a place where guests can hang their coats without me cringing in complete embarrassment. Woot!
I’ll be sharing a few more organization posts this month too, but I’m curious what YOU are currently in need organizing. Let me know in the comments!
I think next stop for us on this organization train is the kitchen. And I’m already afraid.
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