How to Organize Your Coat Closet

Are you sick of your family coming in the door and dumping their stuff wherever is convenient? Maybe you have tried multiple organization ideas that have failed or, worse, ones that work that are hideous to look at.

Meanwhile, you have a perfectly good coat closet that is so cluttered and disorganized that it isn’t convenient for use. Today I’m going to show you how to organize your coat closet so you can get that clutter put away in a system so easy that even the kids will use it. You’ll knock out this project in one day still leaving you Sunday to relax and refresh before your week starts.

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Tools to Organize Your Coat Closet

  • Cleaning Supplies (I love the cleaner we used to clean up after making these Giant Tiki Men)
  • Trash Bag
  • Cardboard Box
  • Organization Items/Systems (See Ideas Below)


Empty wooden shelves

Step 1

First, take everything out of your closet, throwing away trash or broken items as you find them.

Step 2

Next, go through everything and sort it into 3 sections:

  • Donation Items (put those into your cardboard box)
  • Items to Go Back in the Closet
  • Items that Need to Go Somewhere Else in the Home

Step 3

Immediately put away the items that need to find new homes within your house.

Step 4

Then take your donate box out to your car to drop off the next time you’re running errands.

Step 5

Now, give your coat closet a thorough clean.

Step 6

Next, add your organization systems to your coat closet.

Step 7

Lastly, add the items going back in the closet to your organization systems.

Organization Items Ideas



In order from left to right:

  1. A shoe rack is always a good idea. We recently instated a rule that shoes come off immediately when you get in the house after one of the kiddos tracked dog yuck all through the house. Gross!
  2. We use this mini-closet in the laundry room for my husband’s military gear but this is an excellent way to organize your coat closet. It gives you plenty shelves for cold weather accessories but and provides a lower bar for younger kids to hang their coats easily.
  3. Storage boxes give all of those accessories an easy and manageable home.



In order from left to right:

  1. Don’t overlook the versatility of hanging shoe organizers! I seriously use them for wrangling all kinds of items. Organize wallets, keys, headphones, and more with this baby.
  2. Large baskets like the one above are perfect for organizing blankets or outdoor toys (like sidewalk chalk and bubbles) on the top shelf of your coat closet.
  3. If your closet isn’t big enough for the mini-closet above, you can use hanging organizers as an alternative for organizing winter gear and umbrellas.


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That’s really all you need to organize your hall closet. You probably already have some of these items in your home going unused. Now you can put them to work for your family instead of having them take up space. I seriously can’t count the number of times I’ve had to get on the kids for dumping their backpacks or my husband for dropping his military stuff as soon as they walk in the door. No more.

Now you can finally stop the clutter from be dumped on your living room armchair! Organize your coat closet so that everything has a place once and for all. In addition to your family always being able to find the items they need, it will be easier for you to keep the living room clean and organized. Get more tips for an organized living room on Organize an Entertainment Center. I’ll show you how to tame the clutter and hide toys for easy clean-up. Let’s get your home organized one room at a time!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.