Coat Closet Cleanup

Today I will be to opening my coat closet door for you all and sharing how easy it was to go from a very disorderly closet to tidy and organized in this Coat Closet Cleanup post.  It’s not a pretty process, but I know you can do it!
About two years ago, I saw the most lovely gift wrapping station Better Homes and Garden’s had done using over the door hanging spice racks.  I bought a set off Amazon, installed it and was happy as a lark at how organized all my tissue paper, wrapping paper, ribbons, etc… had become.
But, as such is life… there are three other bodies living in this house and all of them seem to love to open this coat closet.  They never have as much regard as I do with knowing to gently close the door.  SO, before long the wrapping paper rolls were bursting out with every door swing.
Beyond the wrapping paper, coats, all winter gear, my steam mop, ironing board and NUMEROUS seasonal home decor items were jammed into this closet.  I’m sure there was order at some point, but with time it all had become one crazy hot mess of a closet.
My first order of business was to remove everything from the closet.  It never ceases to amaze me how much “stuff” can be jammed into a single closet.  However, I love a good purge and after a quick run to my local Goodwill, I was feeling much lighter.
1. I bought two of these desk paper organizers at Target a while ago and thought with some creativity, they could be put to good use on this project.
2. Using packaging tape, I stacked the organizers and taped along the sides and back to secure them together.  I also applied five velcro command strips to the back.
3. Using spray paint, I gave the organizers a nice coat of white.
4. I broke out my (affiliate link) Krylon Gold Paint Pen and traced all the front facing edges, along with applying a gold label holder.
5. My completed tissue paper, ribbon, gift tag center!
My hubs gets very worried, excited in a bad way, anxious, hesitant when I start painting anything.  But, I wanted to give our closet some color or a punch of pattern, so I got creative and went for an easy temporary route!  I cut this cute gray and white floral wrapping paper to fit my back wall and used thumbtacks to hold it in place.  It’s been up a few weeks so far and there hasn’t been a single issue with it!
Doing my best to keep things neat and tidy with labels on boxes.
I bought a simple (affiliate link) 28 to 48″ Width Tension Rod, White and have all my tall wrapping paper held up be that against the wall.  All my shorter wrapping paper now sit in a fun container in the corner.
On the far left of the image below, you can see my solution to all our winter gear.  We had just one massive box before with all of our gloves, hats, scarves, etc.  When one person needed something, EVERYTHING was removed to find it.  Now, the kids have a shared pull out drawer, as do I and the hubs.
I would have never guessed how a few simple containers and mounting wrapping paper to the back wall, could give my dark messy closet such a cheerful look!
How have you updated your coat closet?


26 thoughts on “Coat Closet Cleanup

  1. Hi Amy,

    I love the coat closet cleanup! I have the summer off and since I live on the “wild” side I am going to attempt to clean out 3 major closets this summer. I will come back later and let you know how it goes. I’m new to your blog and can’t wait to see what you have going over here.


  2. Hi Amy, just stopping by from I Heart Organizing. I love how your wrapping paper brightens the wall up. And the tension rod idea is getting done in my closet TODAY! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    Val @

  3. This is fabulous advice and ideas, my coat closet has also become a hot mess! We’re moving in May, at which time I am going to absolutely implement these ideas into ALL the small closets!

  4. There’s nothing better (well maybe there is..but… ) than opening a closet that’s organized. It feels wonderful. And it’s even better when you can pop in there and find exactly what you’re looking for. Love your tips and your “wallpaper.”

    Thanks for sharing your closet with us a Project Inspire{d}!!

  5. Saw you at Bloom Designs link party and I’m so glad I found this post! I have pretty much the exact same (before) closet in my house! I love your ideas for organizing all the paper and ribbon. Thank you so much because I’m definitely using these ideas! Pinning…

  6. Ha! My coat closet looks like your before! Maybe there’s hope for me! Thanks so much for sharing some of the tricks you used to tidy it up at this week’s party! Pinning to my organization board! Theresa @DearCreatives

  7. Ugh. I need to tackle my coat closet this spring and it is BAD! Nice job here! This is my first time here and I’m happy to have found your blog at the Do Tell Tuesdays hop! Following you on Bloglovin now!

  8. What a difference! If I had a coat closet, it would probably look more like the before than the after. But alas, old homes come with few closets! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


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