With the winter season upon us, many pull their warmest coats and coats out of the closet. Do you have closet space dedicated only to your outerwear? Are you struggling with ways to organize your coat closet in a way that makes it easier to find your beloved black long wool coat or wool trench coat?
Here are some tips for organizing your closet so you can quickly see your clothing options and maximize your closet space.
Clear the clutter
This is always the first step when working to organize any part of your home. Do you have old coats that you can donate to those in need? Do any of your coats not fit you the way they used to and always wear it for a coat that fits you better? Will that 80’s pink coat be back in fashion? Clearing the clutter is the first step in organizing your coat closet.
Take a large, empty box or bag where you can put all the coats you no longer wear. Decide if you need another container for coats that you might need to throw away. If you haven’t worn your coat in the past two seasons, then it may be time to find a new home for you.
In addition to old coats, do you have other items that rank high in the real estate closet? Are umbrellas hanging on the bars of your closet instead of on an umbrella stand by the door? Do you have a shoe organizer that you barely use to hang? When you purge items from your closet, don’t be afraid to rearrange them as needed.
Keep coats separate
Do you share the closet space with your partner? Do your coats reside in the same closet space as your work and leisure clothes? Now is the time to divide and conquer. Move all of your coats to the same side of the closet bar so you know exactly where they are when you open your closet. You may also want to do the same with your other clothing. Keeping all of your workwear and leisurewear in its own designated closet parts will make finding what you need much faster and easier.
If you share closet space with your partner, you may want to further designate closet space. Perhaps you can keep your coats on the far left side of the closet, closer to your clothes, and your partner can keep your clothes on the far right side of the closet, any area of the closet that works for both of you.
When choosing which coat to wear, you’ll naturally be drawn to the coats that match your outfit, whether you’re going to work or to a party. Keeping your coats together based on similar colors will help organize them in a way that naturally works with your coat decision-making. Keeping all of its dark colors together and all of its neutral and bright colors together will help you make a decision to wear a coat faster.
Plus, this will also keep your closet clean and reduce the need to look everywhere for that cream-colored pea coat that you know should be somewhere.