Thursday, May 23, 2013

4 Steps to an Organized Coat Closet

I set out to organize our coat closet . . . it wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. In fact it was pretty simple.
First we installed a simple wire shelving system, you can buy packaged systems, rubbermaid makes a good one. Or you can buy the individual pieces like we did, from stores like Home Depot and Lowes.
I usually don't like the wire systems but I chose one for our coat closet for a reason. Because our coat closet on the main floor is where we keep all of our "everyday" shoes. There are no high heels, or men's dress shoes in our main coat closet, just runners, and boots, shoes that Lee wears to work (a cross between hiking shoes and dress shoes), and flats. Our everyday shoes get dirtier than our dress shoes, and if I had chosen solid shelves (either wood or MDF) they would get muddy and dirty and I would have to clean them off. Wire shelves don't leave a lot of surface space to get collect dirt. The wire shelves also allow the circulation of air around the soles of the shoes drying off wet bottoms.

After we installed the wire shelves, I was able to organize the closet in 4 steps:


Step 1: Hooks

Every well organized closet needs a couple of hooks. The back of the door would have been wasted space. I usually have a tote bag and a scarf hanging from them

Step 2: Seasonal Storage

I think all coat closets could use a basket or box for seasonal items. In the summer we keep our snow boots, and all of our mittens and toques, knitted scarves . . . and a couple of Max's winter sweaters (don't laugh he's very tiny and needs a little sweater, the fact that it has a monkey on it is just for fun). In the summer we keep our flips flops and sunscreen in the basket . . . because we live in Canada and there is NO need for flip flops in the winter unless you wear them with socks . . . so classy.
*basket is from Michaels.

Step 3: Baskets

These two little baskets are from The Real Canadian Superstore. They are the same baskets from our townhouse bathroom. They are the perfect addition to our coat closet. They catch all the hats, and mitts, and toques, all the essentials for a Canadian winter. In the summer we use them to hold a cotton scarf or two, sunscreen and our ball caps.

Step 4: Somewhere to store re-usable shopping bags

We all try to use our re-usable bags and storing them can be a bit awkward around here. I use to store them in the car . . . which was great but while they were in the house they would always be sitting on top of the front hall console, or in the mudroom on top of the machines. They aren't the prettiest of things and I didn't like seeing them on the counter or table tops.
This little wire basket is meant to work with the wire shelving systems, and we use it to hold our shopping bags! Because I have to go into the coat closet to get my shoes before I leave the house . . . I never forget my re-usable bags!
Your family is probably different than mine . . . so your coat closet might have different needs . . . for example you might need extra hooks, or extra baskets. You might need two or three baskets/boxes for your seasonal storage. But I really do think that these are the 4 parts that every coat closet needs.

Bonus Step 5: Matching hangers

Ikea sells hangers for amazing prices, grab a couple packs . . . spend less than $10, and wow yourself with your pretty closet! ;) haha

Bonus Step 6: Key Hooks

We have our key hooks beside our front hall console, but if you don't have a console a couple of small hooks in your coat closet would be very useful!
Anyone have any other Coat Closet organizing tips??? I would love to hear them!


  1. My coat closet looks a lot like yours, but I need to add a few hooks inside the door.

  2. Looks great Ashli. Ours is similar, however we have a cubby system for shoes. I am thinking I might add the wire shelves at the bottom for shoes in the future. The cubbies are always getting dirty (mostly dried grass!).

  3. Love the baskets in the back! What a great idea. I think it might be better to put the totes on the top wire shelf to prevent dirt and grass from the shoes falling on them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. The baskets for seasonal storage is a great idea! I don't have closed storage closet, everything is out in the open and visible. I'm always have to do deep cleaning to keep only the essentials around. I love beautiful storage.

  5. I was wondering what you had done with those wire baskets from Superstore!! I brought those same ones home in my suitcase after being in Canada, because I liked yours so well:)

  6. perfect timing! i was just telling my husband the other day that our coat closet needs an overhaul! will be pinning for future reference :)

  7. Nice job! Don't you just love Superstore???

  8. love it! although i miss the look of your coat closet at your old manor :(


  9. Thank you for the tip! We will be organizing our coat closet soon so your timing with this post couldn't be better.

    I'm wondering, will you post any clothing or style-post anytime soon? I find my style quite similar from yours and this spring I have NO IDEA what to wear, so a little advise from my "style guru" would be great ;-)

  10. Would you mind sending 3 of those baskets to me?! Pretty please.

    I was searching for something in my coat closet last night and it is packed so tight with (unworn) coats and jackets.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. I was just thinking the same thing as Kellie, above. I swear if you picked up a bunch of those baskets from the Canadian Superstore, and sold them on your site, I know a bunch of people would buy them!

  12. I have been wanting to tackle our hall closet for a couple of months now, but wasn't sure what I wanted. Adding the shelves below the coat rack is a fantastic idea! Will definitely have to try this.


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