I can’t believe this is the last day of our month of organization! Don’t worry though, the organization posts will keep coming throughout the year. The last thing we are tackling for January is how to organize your entry closet.
This can be a tricky spot because entries tend to be drop zones and entry closets often become hiding spots for all the mess! Organizing your entry or coat closet can start with the larger space you walk into when you come home.
We do not use our front door, mainly because it’s further away from our driveway than our downstairs door that leads to our walkout basement. But we also use the downstairs because it gives us a large space to come into and drop all our stuff. Wait, that may not be a good thing 😉
I have struggled with this area for years. I even have a reno in mind to make it a bit more functional for our family based on what ends up laying around. Things like sports gear, bags and shoes (you would think we were a family of millipedes.) In the meantime I have done my best to keep things organized and pretty in this space.
I built this coatrack years ago but it isn’t big enough. Once all the coats are up there isn’t much room for bags or any extras. I am thinking of going long, like 12 hooks (but probably 11 because I don’t do even numbers.)
For now it looks like this.
It serves the purpose, it could just be a bit more functional. I have some thoughts and plans but haven’t ironed them out yet.
For now, let’s look at the coat closet that is part of this space. And by saying this area “could be a bit more functional,” I totally mean making it so that things don’t end up looking like this.Or this:
The one thing that has consistently stayed organized is that hanging shoe storage, which is obviously not being used for shoes.
Tip: Be sure you know what you are needing to store in a space before you plan your attack.
I know I have roller blades, ice skates, snow boots, all the gloves and hats, as well as coats and snow pants to be stored in this space. So some things needed to be adjusted.
I added a shoe rack to this closet to help with storing all the footwear. I am hoping to build one that has front to back slats so I can turn the rollerblades and have the wheels sit into the slot and not slide. Stay tuned on that.
Tip: By using a shoe rack you are taking advantage of your vertical space!
Using baskets can keep flat surfaces from piling up. These hold extra snow pants, backpacks that we only use for long day trips and trips to Disney :), and John’s extra hats and scarves.
For the kids’ hats and gloves, I use a shoe organizer. You can easily find them on Amazon by clicking HERE.
This is truly the one thing, above all else, I think will help you organize your entry closet better than anything.
The hats and gloves fit right into the pockets and the scarves just need to be rolled up. You don’t only have to use it for these things! Put some shoes in there, a lint roller, maybe some static spray. Use a pocket for keys, sunglasses, or spare change! You could even assign each family member a row and that can be where they store all their things they need on their way out the door.
Tip: An over the door shoe organizer is a great storage solution for hats and gloves in an entry closet.
And my final saving grace….slim hangers. Believe it or not, they actually do make a difference. I got these from Target.
I hope this helps you wrangle some of that entry clutter. When everything has a place to live, it makes it much easier to keep the drop zone neat.
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