Don't Overstuff Your Coat Closet

The cold weather is here and that means your family is wearing their winter coats, along with gloves, hats and scarves. And all of that stuff takes up a lot of space.

In fact, those cozy items can make your coat closet unruly. Whereas a few light sweaters and jackets make a closet look useful and organized, big coats and other accessories make it look like a mess. And if your home is for sale, that’s not good.

So, consider these ideas that can help make your coat closet more streamlined throughout the winter.

Clear it Out:

Start by taking everything out of the closet and find a home for anything that isn’t part of your family’s winter wear. If you keep photo albums, games, cameras, sports equipment, a vacuum cleaner and boxes in this closet, get rid of the things you don’t need and find a different home for everything else. Put your spring and summer sweaters and jackets in storage.

Arrange the Coats Neatly:

Hang your family’s coats in the closet. If there is room, you can keep a sweater or sweatshirt in there that you wear around the house. Place the coats in a way that looks organized, maybe from the biggest coat to the smallest or by color.

Put Your Shelf to Good Use:

Your closet’s shelf is the place for hats, scarves and gloves. Again, make everything look nice by giving each of these items its own area of the shelf. Scarves should be folded and organized by color. Your closet may also have hooks on the side, which are good for scarves as well. If your foyer has enough room, you can include a coat rack, but keep just a few things on it.

Shoes on the Floor:

Use the floor of your closet for footwear, especially boots. On snowy days, lay down a mat and make sure everyone’s boots are dry before putting them away. And before visitors come to your home, make sure your foyer and closet floor are dry.

A neat and clean coat closet showcases your storage space and is an indication that your home is well taken care of.

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