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Clean Out Your Coat Closet {28 Days to De-Clutter}

Posted Feb 12 2013 12:01am
Yesterday, we cleaned out all the old expired medications hanging around , and today we’re going in a totally different direction! We’re going to start tackling the various closets in the house, beginning with the one that is often the worst: the coat closet. If you’re keeping up with these challenges, join our  28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page  and share your excitement with the rest of us as you accomplish each task! If you’re just joining us now, you can .

I am fortunate that my coat closet is a walk-in closet, but that also presents its own difficulty, namely in the form of a big fat mess. It’s so easy to just chuck things into the closet and close the door and forget about it. Until the next time I open the door, that is. Then I’m reminded of the big fat mess I need to clean out.

Thankfully, I had recently tackled the majority of the mess, so I didn’t have to deal with that this time around. And for the sake of keeping the task to the requisite ten minutes, we’re just going to focus on one aspect of the coat closet: the coats.  

Open the closet doors and clear a way if you need to. Then set your timer for 10 minutes, and…

BEGIN!

Go through the coats and other items hanging in the closet and remove:

  • any coats/jackets/sweatshirts/etc. that nobody in your family wears anymore
  • any coats that need to be mended or cleaned
  • any coats that don’t belong to you (Hey, it happens, and more often than you might think!)
  • anything that really belongs in a different closet

Now take those items you removed from the closet and put them where they go:

  • Coats you don’t need or want should be taken to the Goodwill.
  • Coats that need mending or cleaning should be taken to the dry cleaners… or you can try your own hand at the mending and cleaning.
  • Coats that don’t belong to you should be returned to the rightful owners.
  • Coats that are beyond repair should be trashed.
  • Anything that belongs elsewhere should be put elsewhere (in the right and proper elsewhere)
De-Cluttered Coat Closet

What you see here is my collection of maternity clothes (that have nowhere else to go), a duffel bag and a couple backpacks hanging from hangers, and the off-season outerwear for four people.

  • You CAN repair coats at home. Here are instructions for: leather coats , malfunctioning zippers , ripped raincoats of any fabric , even fur coats .
  • Take advantage of the hidden space in your closet. You can add some shelves under the coats (either the kind you install into the wall, or just some you set up on the floor underneath) to create storage for other items in your home. I rotate The Boys’ toys and keep the ones they’re not currently using on shelves underneath the coats. I also store my extra purses and other bags there. You can also utilize the space on the back of the door: hang towel rods or a  shoe storage organizer to corral scarves, hats, and mittens, or hang a wreath hook on the inside of the door to hold off-season wreaths (which is what I do).
  • Go the opposite direction and get minimal with your coat closet. Reserve it strictly for outdoor clothing and accessories and remove everything else. Use coordinating baskets or boxes for a neat and  pretty look .
  • Or you could get really extreme and do away with the coat closet altogether! Remove the door from the closet and turn it into an entry nook , complete with a little cushioned bench.
  • Check out the 28 Days to De-Clutter Pinterest Board f or more inspiration!

If you completed today’s 10-minute task, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me all about it – and show me a picture – on the 28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page . Bloggers can grab the badge below and write a post – I’ll link to it in my next post and pin it to my 28 Days to De-Clutter Pinterest Board , and share on Facebook and Twitter.  And everyone can join in on the Twitter conversation by using the hashtag #28daystodeclutter .

Clutter-Free in 28 Days!

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