Coat closet confessions

Do you have spots in your house that quietly get out of control while you just sit back and watch?  It happens slowly, over a long period of time.  It starts with one well meaning effort to organize that eventually gets thwarted one shoe, coat, bag, hat and scarf at a time.  Oh wait, that is our entry way closet that I am talking about!

This is how the closet looked about a month ago before I did a thorough clean out…

And let me give you the second angle…

Yeah.  Not so hot.

I wish I could blame the baby gear (that is our maroon Ergo carrier sticking out, and the bright blue daycare bag) but the majority of it was crap belonging to me and Chris.  And by crap I mean jackets we hardly wear, handbags that I pull out occasionally, and dry cleaning that should have been put away months ago but has since been worn.

It had been more than a year since this closet was last organized, and it was time to rethink the space.

The filing cabinet was placed there to help me to remember to file paper when it came in the door.  But that didn’t work and I’ve since refined my paper handling skillz, so the filing cabinet found it’s way back to the office.  And the green bin was full of stuff that needs to go to Goodwill.  I just moved that upstairs with all of the other stuff that I recently pulled from my closet to be donated.  And I swear I will take it someday soon.

I also pulled out all of the coats and jackets and separated out the winter gear, which then got placed in an upstairs closet.  It felt good to say goodbye to winter even if the weather wasn’t quite cooperating.

This made room for the huge-but-lovely jogging stroller that needed a home. (It’s times like these that I wish our garage was built.  You know, to park the stroller.)

And just for the record, my stuff gets combined with baby stuff on the left.  From the top moving clockwise we have the diaper bag, daycare bag and my work bag.  Add my pump bag to the mix and then I officially become a bag lady.

Oh, and that’s a trash can hiding around the corner on the right; it’s most useful for the dryer lint that I pull from the laundry closet that is directly across from the coat closet.  I would have taken a picture of the laundry closet, but that would have meant folding the mound of clothes that kept the door from opening…

And that is the entry closet revamp.  Any bets on how it will look in another 12 months?


  1. We have the same problem with our coat closet and pantry. Every once in a while I get the urge to clean and organize them, and in a few weeks they’re back to being in disarray again. They’re both just easy places to stash stuff in a hurry when people come over (like the cleaning guy, who needs to be able to see the floor in order to clean it). Add those two closets to my to-do list!

  2. amc says:

    Yes, yes, yes…currently our living room closet has coolers, an unused television, an air mattress, the ironing board and drying rack, and my wedding dress. I’m sure there is plenty of other stuff shoved in the back too that I have long since forgotten about. Thanks for the motivation to clean it up.

  3. Elle says:

    Honestly, I didn’t think it looked too bad except for the hangers (I have a thing about hangers matching). You should see my coat closet! Hahahaha, but really. Don’t open the door or an avalanche will consume you.

  4. Leigh says:

    ugh. I have the hardest time keeping our closets neat. I’m great at getting them organized but not at keeping them that wait. I’d like to blame the husband, but I’m not sure it is all his fault (maybe only 70%). The pantry is a true disaster, things are have been broken. It is my first “once school is out for summer” project.

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