Never have a messy closet again with these 6 simple tips to an organized closet.

Even though it’s a mild Midwest winter it still means hats, gloves, scarves, boots, snow pants and coats. There are only four people in my house, but I think we may have enough winter gear to keep the whole neighborhood warm.

Inevitably, this means winter clothing is thrown into the front hall closet – if I’m lucky.

Often times they are discarded at the door or around the house. It only makes matters worse that Amelia enjoys walking around the house wearing hats, gloves and coats hers and everyone elses. It’s a favorite pastime of hers.

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Our front hall closet houses all of this gear along with our coats from other seasons and an assortment of other odds and ends. I was frustrated with the closet and decided it was time for an overhaul.

It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t functional either.

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6 Tips for organizing a closet or similar project:

  1. Remove all items from the closet- this means absolutely everything. This is easiest to do when you don’t have little helpers, but sometimes that cannot be avoided
  2. Sort all items into categories – for this project it was
    • Hats
    •  Gloves
    • Snow pants
    • Scarves
    • Boots
    • Coats (all seasons by member of family)
    • Vacuum and accessories
    • Drawing supplies
    • Misc items
  3. Relocate items that don’t belong in the closet to where they do belong – often times items get shoved wherever is easiest and not put back where they actually belong.
  4.  Assess what is left into three piles – this can be hard, but you are really trying to only keep the items that you will use. For instance we didn’t need 4 pairs of gloves for each person. A couple of different pairs (lightweight and heavyweight is justified where we live, but no more)
    1. Keep
    2. Throw away
    3. Donate/sell
  5. Look at your empty space and decide what will be functional for your family. For instance, at this point in our life having hats and gloves all up on the high shelf didn’t make sense because then neither of our children could reach them. They always had to ask if they needed them and they never got put away unless Brian or I did it.
  6. Put the space back together – For a coat or clothing closet if you put the longest/heaviest item on the left and lighter, shorter items on the right it flows naturally upward and gives the appearance of more space. (The life-changing magic of tidying up)

For our coat closet I came across this great idea of a shoe organizer that hangs up.

I found one at Goodwill for less than $3. Goodwill is one of my favorite places to check out for good deals on organizing supplies. I had to pick up the screws to put in the door to hold the organizer up. Grand total was under $5 for the entire project.

I already had the cream fabric baskets.  I opted to keep Brian’s and my hats and scarves in those baskets. We are able to reach them and there were only so many pockets in the shoe organizer.

Then we put Amelia’s hats, scarves and mittens in the lower rows so she could reach and then Cassidy’s went in the rows above that. Brian and my gloves went into the top rows.

I sorted, purged and put away all of the drawing supplies together in a plastic file box that wasn’t being used.

Ever since this closet makeover we have seen a tidier home (not perfect, but better) and our children are more independent when it comes to preparing to leave in the morning.

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