Hats, gloves, scarfs, coats, shoes, oh my!
Who knew coat closets could bring so much joy to a homeowner? But, when we settled in our new house, so did everything else in our closet.
Random things really.
Like bags we never used.
Small empty storage containers (for my attempt to organize well).
Wreaths I had no idea where to store.
Coats for every occasion.
Shoes to wear rain or shine.
Cat scratchers, leashes, purses of all kinds.
And, of course empty deodorizers.
Our coat closet was no longer the door I wanted to open. It was stashed with clutter. Clutter from not knowing how to organize.
I never thought I would type these desperate words into Pinterest, organize coat closet. And quite honestly, I’m still figuring it out. It takes more than pretty pictures to learn what to get rid of and what to keep, in addition, how and where to store it.
And I’m finally figuring out that pinning those great storage ideas never made my house any more organized.
It wasn’t until my husband started tossing all those things we potentially needed in the garbage.
There is Beauty in Simplicity.
I never knew what it meant to live simple. My thoughts never tied simplicity with our belongings. In fact, I love to keep things that might save us money. Maybe not today, but someday.
When my husband started clearing out our clutter my stomach turned into a ball of knots.
What if we needed those things?
But, when I started opening closets and drawers that I could easily find things, it made me see we needed to make a change.
Never did I imagine that less is more.
This year we’ve decided to make a life change. We’ve decided to toss the chaos and live more simply. With fewer things. We’ve chosen to make a life with a minimalistic mindset.
It’s having to stop, think, and question everything we keep and buy.
And it’s not easy adapting to these questions every time, but if you’re organizing your coat closet keep these questions in mind too.
10 Questions to Ask While Organizing Coat Closet
1. Does it fit me well?
It’s hard to believe that I was storing coats that didn’t really fit me well. I only used them once or twice in a whole year. Maybe some of you like choices, but if you want to live more simply, choose one coat that you feel good in. Or one to go out in plus one to do outside work/play.
2. Can it go with multiple outfits?
This one is really hard for me. I love boots. I like brown boots to go with my brownish tops and black boots to go with my black and colored tops. But, how do you decide? Bottom line-pick what you love. I personally love charcoal gray.
3. Do I have a place for it?
Maybe it’s pet supplies or a shoe organizer that isn’t working out like you thought it would. Sometimes we store things just to have them (like my empty storage container..??) Once we set in our minds that we have to have a specific place for each item, we can see how we should organize our closet by what we want to keep, not just store.
4. Do I need more than one?
Do you really need 5 pairs of gloves? Or three different pairs of flats? Maybe you do. Maybe you don’t. When sorting through our massive pile I found 5 hats for my son. Only two fit barely on his head. As a mom of three, I know how easy it is to lose hats and gloves. But, does more than one pair give you a hint of stress? Maybe we would be more willing to keep track of one or two pairs better than five. You decide what is right for you.
5. Does it match?
If you’re a mom like me, you know what it’s like to own a dozen pairs of mismatched gloves. I used to rather have a dozen of mismatched gloves. It’s comforting knowing your child’s fingers are warm no matter what. But, this year instead of stressing every time I can’t find gloves, I am only going to have one or two and have a specific place to store them. Please hold my hand while I go big, bold, and bare while I say, no more clutter. Again, you pick what’s comfortable for you.
6. Can someone else use this more than me?
Maybe it’s too many shoes. Or coats. Or hats. Whatever lingers in your coat closet, could someone use it more than you? Maybe that one to two times a year wear could keep someone else warm all winter long. Or provide somebody with something nice at a cost they can afford.
7. Is it too used to give away?
I don’t buy things for myself all the time. It’s a love-hate kind of thing. So some of my belongings aren’t worth giving away. So when in doubt ask yourself this, if I lost everything today would I want someone to give this to me?
8. Is this the best place to store it?
Are you wanting to change your coat closet into a pantry? I’m not, but maybe you do. You only know the space in your house and what really goes where. No matter how lost you feel in organizing it. Perhaps you like to store your shoes in your bedroom closet because that’s where you get dressed. Ask yourself this, will it benefit me by being here, or am I placing this here because I don’t know where else to store it?
9. Am I keeping this because someone wants me to, but I don’t really use or like it?
We all have received a gift we don’t like or don’t use. So why do we keep it? Do we keep it because we love it or because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings? If decluttering is important to you and your family’s well being, we have to let go of these things. Explain to that person you really love the thought and appreciate the gift, but keeping it adds to clutter and stress in your life.
10. Do I love it?
If you don’t love it why are you keeping it? Keep what you love. Donate or sell the things you like. And toss the unusable.
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How To Organize Coat Closet With Your Cricut Machine
What you need:
So, how can you use your Cricut machine and organize your coat closet?
Well, there are two ways to use your Cricut machine while organizing with storage bins.
- Use heat vinyl for plain canvas totes
- Or use decorative paper tags
Grab this mom’s Free Silhouette Label Cut File Here. and see how this mom used dollar store bins.
- For mine, I created my paper tags using Cricut Design Space. I used a free tag image in Design Space.
- Check out this free font, LillyBelle. This is what I used! *Note this is only for personal use, do not use this for commercial use.
- With this font I did have to color in the font, the Cricut pen only outlined the letters.
- Then I picked some pretty ribbon and put my hot glue gun to work.
My favorite part of these totes is that I can easily relabel them if I need to.
Rather than using vinyl and not being able to change what I store inside the tote. Thanks for checking out my Cricut craft. Happy organizing!