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1. Create cubbies with flipped brackets and shelves.
Putting cubbies in your locker can help organize small clothing items, such as mittens and hats. You can DIY your own cubbies by flipping brackets upside down and attaching shelves at the bottom. This is perfect if you already have brackets laying around!
2. Attach plastic file boxes to the wall.
Another way to hold smaller items is to grab a few plastic file boxes and drill them into one of the walls in your coat closet. They are the perfect size to hold shopping bags, both paper and reusable!
3. Use wire baskets to hold cold, wet items.
Mittens, hats, and scarves that get snow on them can become wet. Put them in hanging wire baskets to let them dry out faster.
4. Add narrow and long wire baskets to the door to hold sandals and flats.
If you love to wear sandals and flats, attach narrow wire baskets to the bottom of your coat closet door and store your shoes there. These baskets can hold a lot of sandals and flats and your coat closet floor will be much less cluttered.
5. Install extra shelves above your coat closet’s existing shelf.
Most coat closets have one shelf and a whole lot of wasted vertical space above it. Make good use of the space and add an extra shelf or two.
6. Build a shoe shelf.
Add another shelf in the lower part of your closet to hold your shoes. One shelf or two will give you and your family a place to put their shoes instead of just throwing them on the floor. And you’ll be able to see every pair so you can easily grab what you need.
7. Put a shelving unit in your coat closet.
A simple shelving unit, such as the discounted Expedit or the Kallax from IKEA, that can fit inside your coat closet would be an organizational powerhouse that can hold baskets filled with shoes, gloves, scarves, purses, hats, and more. Take down your existing rod and get two smaller ones to attach to the shelving unit. This would give your kids a place where they can hang up their own coats themselves.
A note: the Kallax has only four sections, so an Expedit really would work better. Try searching for one through your city’s Craiglist ads.
8. Add hooks to the coat closet door.
Putting hooks on the inside of your coat closet door will give you a place to hang up your purses, hats, and scarves. This would be a great solution if you like to switch between purses and bags. Use Command hooks if you have a hollow door.
9. Divide your coat closet into zones.
If you have a smaller home, dividing your coat closet into zones with MDF panels would help you gain space for other things besides coats and shoes, such as a basket filled with balls and sporting equipment and a mail center.
10. Turn your coat closet into a mini mudroom.
Have you always dreamed of having a mudroom instead of a coat closet? You can turn your coat closet into a mini mudroom by removing the rod and shelf and adding hooks on the wall. Add shoe shelves to the bottom. No more coat hangers that tangle up!
If you’re up for some demo, you could widen the opening to your coat closet and add beefy trim along the top and sides. Put in a bench to complete the transformation!
Here’s another beautiful example of a coat closet-turned-mudroom. Note the drawers below the bench for even more storage space.
11. Add a secret room behind the coat closet!
This one is completely just for fun! If you have extra space at the back of your coat closet, add a tiny door to lead to a secret room for your kids to hide away and read books and play in their pretend world.
Featured and title image via Better Homes and Gardens.
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