Three Quick Interior Design Tips for your Coat Closet

With the holidays right around the corner, I delved into organizing my front hall coat closet yesterday to make room for guests. If you aren’t quite ready to start the cooking or put up the decorations, this is a great way to get ready for the holidays.

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1. Clear out the Clutter

As you go through the coats, hats, scarves and mittens that have accumulated over the years, pull out the single mittens and gloves and any coats you haven’t worn in more than a year. Be sure to check that your kids’ winter gear still fits too. The no longer worn or outgrown coats, hats etc. can find a good home in one of the many coat drives being held near you. Person to Person is one such organization in Fairfield County, CT.

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2. Group Like Items

Use clear bins or pretty boxes to contain each person’s mittens, gloves and hats. You can also have a bin for the family dog or cat with leashes, treats, toys or brushes. I particularly like open bins, such as the maize bins from The Container Store on the left, because they are open. Your kids are more likely to put away their mittens and hats when they can easily toss them in.

I also suggest bins for summer travel and winter travel. Summer could include sunscreen, sunglasses etc. Winter could include ski goggles, snowpants and more sunscreen.

If you or your children have a favorite hobby like photography, astronomy or bird-watching, having a separate bin with your gear right there in your hall closet would make it much easier to find one the way out the door.

Put the bins you need the most frequently near the bottom of the closet – for easy kid accessibility. And the bins you don’t access that often can reside on the top shelf.

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3. Add Pattern or Color

If you are really feeling motivated, you could wallpaper the back of the closet or paint it an unusual color. Imagine your guests’ surprise when they open the closet and see something other than the typical white. And because it is a small space you can let your imagination run free. Who can forget Jamie Drake’s dreamy pink and purple confection of a closet at the Kips Bay Showhouse?
If that’s too much color for you, you can always choose colored bins – color code each family member or category – or even colored hangers.
It’s a small space – let’s put the fun in the functional!
I love to hear from you. What’s your one must-do home project that you want to accomplish before the holidays?
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