Are you looking to organize your entryway closet? Follow along from start to finish with these easy tips and video tutorial.
Today we’re going to go over some coat closet organization ideas and hacks. So let’s get started.
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Here’s a quick look at our entryway closet before, so much clutter! It’s overcrowded and disorganized and oh my gosh there are so many jackets and look at the pile of shoes. This is the first thing you see when you come in the front door and if you have a small entryway, storage solutions for this area are crucial.
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1. Remove everything from the closet
The first thing I’m going to do is remove everything from the closet space entirely so that I can start with a clean and fresh slate. Just look at all that stuff! !
2. Vacuum the closet
Now I’m going to go through everything, but first I am going to thoroughly clean the closet. See how dirty this is, so much dirt. I’m going to start by vacuuming every inch, the floor, and the baseboards.
3. Wipe down the closet
Next, I’m going to wipe everything down with a damp rag, including the shelves, floor, and baseboards until it’s entirely clean.
4. Only put what you need back in the closet
I measured my closet and I found this shoe organizer that fits perfectly at the bottom of the closet. You could use open shoe racks if you prefer. Because there are four of us that live in this home I grouped everybody’s shoes together.
Oh my goodness so many shoes!
Now everybody gets a single shelf for shoe storage and each person gets four pairs of shoes that they use the most during this season. The rest will go into each person’s room. So much better don’t you think?
In the winter we have a multitude of winter gear that needs a home. I’m placing some of the winter boots on the shelf that fit there nicely and the ones that are too tall I’ll put on the top shelf.
Now as I mentioned it’s winter so I’m going to be placing at least one coat for each person back in the hallway closet.
When it comes to hats and winter accessories here are some options.
These happen to be all of my husband’s baseball caps. You can stack them or fold the back inside and place them in front of each other like this. It’s really up to you which you prefer. I’m simply going to place them in the container and then place them on the shelf in the closet
This next tip I learned from my mom and I’ve since passed it on to my kids as well.
I take my mittens or gloves and place them into my hat and then I take my scarf and I place it into one sleeve of my coat and the hat and mittens into the other sleeve. This keeps everything together on the hanging rod and doesn’t take up as much space.
This was great when my kids were in elementary school, it kept us from losing a lot of hats and mittens.
Now if you live in an area that has snow pants no problem. Put those on the bottom of a hanger and then place that inside the coat as well. Now your entire outfit is complete.
I purchased four trash cans from the dollar store, one for each of our family members. I added a chalkboard sticker label on the front and put everybody’s names on it. I tipped it right side up and will use these for additional storage space. I put our hats and gloves and different things that we need for the wintertime inside.
During the summer you could replace that with sunscreen and sunglasses and change it per season. We hung one of these coat racks in our laundry room/mudroom so that when we came in from the garage we could easily take our coats off and hang them there.
We try to keep each person to one coat on this rack to keep it from getting too cluttered.
In the space above I placed Command hooks for each one of us. There are four Command hooks and we can hang the trash cans on the hooks. You could easily use wire racks or baskets if you prefer. You could also put them down lower for younger children.
You can find the full tutorials for storage winter, summer gear, and more at
- Winter Gear Storage: Easy DIY on a Budget with Endless Possibilities
- Super Easy Dollar Tree DIY Organization with Video
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Over the Door hanging racks
If you are trying to make the most of small spaces, one of my other favorite things to use in a lot of areas of our home is these over-the-door hanging racks.
You can use them for hats, coats, and even backpacks. Maybe your hats and gloves are needing to dry after being outside in the snow. You can place those on top and let them air dry.
We placed a white one from the dollar store on the wall and we use it for laundry or to hang swimsuits on when we come back from the pool.
Over-the-door hooks also work great for cleaning tools like mops or brooms or even umbrellas and purses that might otherwise be stored in a front hall closet.
Hanging Over The Door Shoe Organizer
Another space-saving tip is to use over-the-door shoe organizers. Obviously, they can hold your shoes but they can hold other small items as well. They are perfect for cleaning supplies, hats and gloves, accessories like sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, or even baseball caps and hats.
Other entryway closet storage ideas
Use other closets in your home
We use other closets in the house for out-of-season items.
My daughter keeps some of her coats and some of her shoes in her room. We just disperse them throughout the house and bring them down when it’s the right season.
My son’s room, well we need to work on that space lol.
Coat hanging rack
We’ve also been known to use our coat-hanging racks. This one happens to be my grandmother’s.
Use stackable storage totes, bins, etc
You could also place out-of-season items into storage bins and put them out of the way in a closet.
Now look at our organized entryway closet, so much better! and I hope this inspires you to try some code closet hacks of your own
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