Coat Closet Ideas

Sure, a coat closet is often a small space, but that doesn't mean that it has to be cluttered. In fact, a few simple changes can take your coat closet from messy to organized.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
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While the typical coat closet is small and leaves little room for storing a large number of items, it doesn't mean organization is not a possibility.

Because coat closets are often located just inside the door of an apartment or home, the items that are stored in these spaces should optimally be limited to those that are for outdoor use. Coat closets are ideal for stowing away jackets, umbrellas and everyday shoes.

Stylish Storage Solutions

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Ribbon Wrangler

"I use a standing paper towel holder to organize my unruly ribbon collection. The spools spin around the stand, so I can quickly pull out the amount I want and snip." — Sabrina Soto, The High/Low Project
Towel holder, $10, bowerykitchens.com

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Garden Gear on Wheels

"I keep my gardening supplies in a rolling metal tool chest so I can easily push it from the garage to the yard." — Vern Yip, HGTV Design Star
26" lime 5-drawer rolling cabinet, $721, sears.com

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Letter Carrier

"It may sound a little strange, but after buying a vintage dustpan online, I realized it made a cute landing spot for mail, so I hung it by its handle from a hook in my entryway. Simple and totally unexpected." — Anna Crelia, co-owner of Loot Vintage Rentals, Austin, Texas
ebay.com for a similar look

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Desktop Divider

"I use an old sewing box for desk supplies like paper clips, pens, stamps and stationery. The expandable trays fold up neatly when I’m done working." — Elizabeth Geddes, owner of Octavia & Brown vintage shop, New York City
etsy.com for a similar look

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Sweet Spot for Nail Polish

"Little bottles of nail polish can take over the bathroom. So I stash them in an old-fashioned glass candy jar. The glossy colors look as pretty as a scoop of jelly beans." — Liz Caan, interior designer, Newton, Mass.
Anchor Hocking jar, $10, bedbathandbeyond.com

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Jewelry Control

"It's crazy how fast jewelry can jumble up. My surprise container: an egg crate. It keeps rings, chains and earrings neatly sorted." — Taniya Nayak, House Hunters on Vacation
Farmer's egg crate, $14, anthropologie.com

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Sporty Magazine Racks

"Metal and wire locker baskets have a cool, industrial look and are the perfect size for magazines. We can never pass them up at flea markets. But you can buy them new, too." — Amie and Jolie Sikes, Junk Gypsies
Old-school locker basket, $20, landofnod.com

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Cleaning Supply Station

"Wine shops usually toss their wood crates, so ask to take some off their hands and stack them to make charming insta-shelves. Fill them with detergents, cleaners and towels." — David Bromstad, Color Splash
winepine.com for a similar look

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Tools Within Reach

"These hanging buckets are meant to hold plants, but I love them for screwdrivers, pliers and everyday gear. It's like a cheery wall-mounted toolbox." — Jennifer Berno, home editor, HGTV Magazine
Bygel rail and containers, $6, ikea.com

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Dog Toy Bin

"Big copper buckets usually used for firewood are deep enough to hold all my pup's chew toys. Copper gets a patina that makes my heart go pitter-patter." — Cari Cucksey, Cash & Cari
Copper 11-gallon oval bucket, $119, overstock.com

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Utensil Catchall

"Wooden spoons, whisks and spatulas never seem to fit in my kitchen drawer, so I put them in a Chinese ginger jar. I love the blue and white pattern on my counter, too." — Emily Henderson, Secrets From a Stylist
Small classic ginger jar, $58, cwonder.com

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Accessories Tamer

"This is a spice holder, but I use it to group the hundreds of hair accessories my daughters have amassed. It attaches to the wall, and the little magnetic containers are movable." — Betsy Goldberg, deputy editor, HGTV Magazine
Magnetic spice rack, $50, pfaltzgraff.com

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A few budget-friendly tricks for organizing coat closets include adding a closet rod, wire closet shelving or hooks that are mounted to the walls. Rods and hooks will allow for jackets to be hung, eliminating the habit of coats being tossed onto a living room couch or chair.

Shelves are useful for keeping baskets that store outdoor accessories, such as umbrellas, gloves, hats and scarves. A small shoe shelf can also come in handy for organizing a few pairs of shoes that are used on a regular basis. Other grab-and-go necessities that might be stored on coat closet hooks include a handbag, pre-packed diaper bag or a foldable stroller.

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