How to Organize the Coat Closet or Front Closet

How to Organize the Coat Closet or Front Closet

Hi, everyone. I’m Alejandra from Alejandra.TV.
And in this video, I’m going to show you how to organize your coat closet. But first
if you’re looking to get organized, you can check out my free organizing video series
on my website Alejandra.TV. The link is below. OK. So one of the biggest problems I see with
organizing the coat closet is it’s often a really small closet and you have a lot of
space and it’s being shared by everyone that lives inside the house. So it can be
tough to keep it organized and find what you’re looking for when you need it. So I’m going
to show you exactly how organized my coat closet and hopefully you can grab some tips
that will help you inside your home. OK. So this is my coat closet. I’m so excited
to share with you everything I’ve done here. I feel like this is turning into one of my
favorite closets in the house just because I’ve gone creative, I’ve maximized space
and I can find everything I’m looking when I need it everyday. So let me start in the door and show you exactly
what I did here. So, I kind of like winterize and summerize the closet together so there’s
winter accessories and there’s summer accessories all in one closet. But up here, I just used
over the door hooks for all of the scarves. So, when we’re grabbing a scarf, we just
come in here and we grab it and it’s really easy to put away. Using hooks is just like
so easy, you just come in and you just hang it back up and you’re done. And so, over here I just cut door pockets
to the size that I needed and I put my flip-flops right here for going out like the backyard
or the garage or the front yard or something, just really nice and easy and convenient. And then at the top of the door pocket I just
put – these are like – these clips are like the pool to like hold your towel in place
on the chair and stuff. So like I said, there’s summer things in here and there’s winter
things. So these just stay here because when we’re leaving to go to the pool or something,
they’re easy to grab. And then at the bottom of the door pocket
I just used a Command strip to hold the door pocket in place so there’s no swinging when
you open and close the door. So yeah, it just stays in place. And then at the very bottom of the door, I
put a jumbo – this is the utility hook size Command strip and it holds up to I think it’s
like 7.6 pounds or something. It holds a lot of weight. But I put all my reusable bags.
Actually, I have reusable bags in like multiple places in the house where I conveniently access
them. And one of the spots is the coat closet. So I just come here, grab it, when I’m done
using it, I can just put it back in here. There’s also some inside the garage as well. OK. So let me show you what’s in the back
of the closet here. So, right here is where we have all of our jackets and coats. Ed normally
hangs his jackets on the left side and I’m normally on the right side. And as you can see, we don’t have a lot
of coats like jam-packed in here. I feel like when your closet is too jam-packed it’s
hard to put things away. It’s hard to find things and so it’s just easier if you have
less stuff. So, we have a few extra hangers for when guests
come, we can hang up their coat. And I like to use these wooden hangers because they’re
just like they’re really sturdy for heavy winter jackets. We just got these at IKEA.
I’ve actually had these for like over 10 years and they are like – they don’t fall
apart and they’re just – they hold up well. OK. So at the very top of the closet, I put
a liner here on top of the ventilated shelving so nothing will fall through cracks like dirt
or whatever is on the bottom of our shoes. OK. So on this side of the closet, I have
my dry cleaning bag and I love keeping it in this coat closet because I go inside this
closet every single day to grab something whether it’s in the winter or the summer.
So I can just look at that bag and see if it’s full. If it’s full, I’ll just grab
it with me in the car and drop it off at the dry cleaners and then I’ll just put it back
there when I’m done. I really like this bag. It’s like nice and sturdy. And it’s
like nice quality and stuff. OK. So, on this side of the closet, I have
all of our umbrellas. We have three different umbrellas, a big one and then two small ones
and stuff. But basically, I just take this big one right here and I just hang it right
here just like that. It just stays there nice and in place. And then these two smaller ones
I just put Command hooks on the wall and I just hook the umbrella on to the command hook
and it doesn’t go anywhere. And it maximizes your vertical space because it’s on the
side walls which is otherwise dead space. OK. So at the bottom of the closet, I just
have all of our winter accessories sorted by category into nice, easy to open drawers.
So, I just found these drawers. They are small like they’re low to the ground. They don’t
interfere with the jackets and I just sort everything by category. So there’s ear muffs,
there’s gloves, there’s face stuff, there’s body gear, there’s hats and then there’s
Mojo’s drawer down here with like all of her sweaters and her leash and baggies and
stuff. But what I really like about these drawers
is like I can actually find what I’m looking for so before these drawers we just had a
basket and we would just throw everything into the basket. It worked but it took a little
bit of time to find what you’re looking for because a lot of the winter accessories
are black or brown, they’re dark colored and so when they’re in a basket it was just,
took a lot of time. So sorting them out is just an easy way to set up a system that will
save you time. And then up here, I have a basket with our
beach towels. So, like I said, this closet works for winter, it works for summer. When
summer comes, I keep the pool bag in here also and then the towels, it just made sense
to keep them in here. And then I have a little vacuum on top here
because this closet is right by the front door and so a lot of times I’ll just use
this on the steps if there’s like dirt or dust or something and then also by the front
door. So again, it’s just convenient to where it’s used. OK. So, on the outside of the door, I recently
found this hook. It just clips on to the hinge on the door, it just like pops into the pin
and you can swivel and stuff. But it’s great for just like just hanging something before
you’re about to head out of the house or when you come home and you have a lot of stuff
on hand, there’s no like tools needed. You just kind of clip it on. And then at the very top of the closet, I
found this like two years ago or last year or something but it’s this little like hanger
strip that you just put it at the top on the frame and you can do the same thing. You could
just hook it on there. So, it just gives you more options, more places to put things if
you’re in a very narrow entry way and you need to contain stuff. So, is there a way that you organize your
coat closet or is there something that’s not working for you? If so, leave a comment
or question below. And if this is your first time watching any of my organizing videos,
you can subscribe for more tips in getting organized or check out my website Alejandra.TV. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon.

99 Replies to “How to Organize the Coat Closet or Front Closet”

  1. Alejandra, I want to thank you so much, I have learned so much from you!  Can you do a video shows how to organize shoes? By the way, I live in Arlington too.

  2. My coat closet is under the stairs, so it is oddly shaped and has a crawl space at the back for storage. My problem is trying to utilize the space to its full potential, because the layout that the previous owner had doesn't really do that. I can't do too much or it blocks the storage entrance. It's a conundrum!

  3. Hi alejandra … Thanks for amazing tips … U are too practical 😊can u pls try n do a video on watch organizing ? U know me n my husband have whole lot of watches which are just put in a chest but not the best way to organise

  4. Can you please try to do a video on organizing ideas for a married couple living in a tiny basement apartment? We hafta share ONE tiny closet! No linen/coat closet/pantry 🙁
    Plus we have a pet rabbit and could use ideas on organizing all her stuff lol
    Alejandra, thanks for the videos! you are brilliant & beeeeeeeautiful ! 🙂

  5. You are really inspiring! Your videos are always so helpful for me 🙂 Normally I am not someone who organizes stuff 😛 But watching your videos, then I feel really motivated to try to get things looking organized 🙂 

  6. Love your new look, hair colour, different style shirt.  Love when you show products I'd never seen like the door frame hanger older in the last frame.  Terrific for closet as experimenting with possible outfit combinations.  thanks 

  7. Alejandra, u r AMAZING… not only for this video, but for everything you have done for all your "followers", from the inspiration to the great ideas that work so perfectly… thank you!!!

  8. I would like organize my children's wardrobe in this way but it's practically impossible….they would do a mess immediately!

  9. Where did you get the over the door hooks from? I looked on you site but I can't find it. Is it under a specific category?

  10. Like your ideas organizing front coat closet. Where do you find the hooks that go on top of the molding, over the door.
    Also where did you find the clip on hook for the hinge? Thanks for sharing.

  11. Amen! I hate closets that are overstuffed.We have three people living in our home. We each choose four coats of our own choosing. we each have a basket for gloves-hats. We store our activity going out bags below. Outside the closet, we have a going out station for my purse; bookbag for school and keys. It is all bout the function of any place in the home. Less stuff-less organizing issues.

  12. I just love your channel!  I like the way you think.  I read your story and was inspired!  Thank you for opening up your home and tips to the world!!!

  13. Great video Alejandra. Where do you keep all your shoes and boots, other than the flip-flops? Everyone in my family keeps their most frequently used shoes in the coat closet and they tend to make a big mess.

  14. Alejandra, you have resolved yet another issue for me with your dedicated hooks.  I love my over-the-door hook (two rows of five hooks designed with longer & shorter hooks) & use it for hanging up damp coats, scarves, umbrellas, shopping bags, etc.  But, I get frustrated when trying to get at things that beneath others.  I'm going to follow your lead with dedicated hooks for umbrellas, storage bags, etc.

  15. I have the opposite issue in my condo … my coat closet is large (5 ft wide by 4 ft deep walk-in, right-angle hanger rod/shelf across its width & up the right side & the door is on the left end of the closet). I'm storing coats & utility items in there; but, need some order. Tripping over the vacuum & its accessories, collapsible rolling cart (2nd floor condo with elevator) is getting old! Thinking coats on left end (in front of the door) & vacuum/utility items on right end.  Perhaps hanging sweater and shoe organizers may help. I'm a bit stumped for how to do this well, neatly & in a way that works for daily use.  Do you have any ideas?  If so, please share.

  16. I've seen a few other people ask but didn't see an answer: where are all your shoes? Between my husband, son and I we have about 15-20 pairs of shoes in the front closet not to mention the shoes I keep in my bedroom. Thanks!

  17. Great tips. ☺ I love all of your videos. If I had a coat closet I would totally do this but I do not have one. I need tips on how to organize my coats.

  18. i am so glad i watched this video. We are moving into our first house; lots of living space but not as much storage space. This helps me greatly on how I can maximize space in the closets! love it. 

  19. Alejandra!! Help.. I have four kids and can't see to get their shoes in one place, I have coat closet that I use to put all the shoes there, but the shoes always end everywhere not in the closet.

  20. New subscriber! Alejandra, you have excellent ideas for organizing your home. All of your tips are achievable on any budget. I can't believe you have been on YouTube for three years now. I didn't know. Why didn't YouTube recommend your channel to me sooner? I wish YouTube would provide me with more good viewing recommendations such as this channel. Usually, YouTube only recommends poor quality content. Like yourself, I love organizing, color, and interior design! This channel is right up my alley. Thanks again! Keep up the good work! 

  21. My closet is a mess… I love your closet! In my closet the ends of it are full of stuff piled up. I was wondering if you had any ideas to help with that.

  22. I love that hanger strip for the top of the door frame. I hang clothes from my door frames in the winter to help them dry quicker

  23. our coat closet is a mess; I need to incorporate these ideas.  I have three elementary school children, so actually, I don't think it would stay neat, either way, lol

  24. Hello Alejandra! I was wondering if you would do a video on ways to keep your car organized with small children and possibly another video on a laundry routine (washing and ironing) that will keep dirty clothes from piling up. I like to iron and hang my clothes as soon as they're done drying but it seems so time consuming and if I'm not careful my dirty laundry can quickly get out of control.

  25. LOVE this closet…and those drawers are awesome.  May look into getting those!  Great for kids so they can reach their winter gear (Mine is currently on the top shelf of closer).  Love your videos as always 🙂 

  26. Hi Alejandra, i wonder if you could make a video about handbags i live with my sister and we share the same room and we don't have closet also the room is small , thank you 🙂

  27. Loved the vid as always.  Just wondering where you put all your shoes?  My front closet is similar to yours but instead of the drawers we have a shoe rack.

  28. What do you do with umbrellas when they're wet? How do you store them until they're dry? :). Thanks for the video, liked your ideas.

  29. I love this Alejandra you are so sweet to your viewers and take the time to actually talk to them definitely not something you see from everyone.😊

  30. I feel like you have like 1'00000 dollars because a lot of your videos are like what i got in dollar tree.I love getting organized for christmas i asked for organization stuff because i have a lot of stuff but i have no where to store it.Can you do an updated house tour?

  31. great ideas thank you! Do you have a video on organizing your bedroom drawers on a budget maby using doller tree items?

  32. Great video, please take this critique into consideration: you say "um" far too often. To the point that I don't watch your videos if they're longer than 3 minutes because that's all I can tolerate of your um's.

  33. Wow thats a great idea! I'll def buy some drawers for my closet for the winter accessories, given that i dont put my shoes inside the closet

  34. i love ur video series! I have learned so much from them and i step by step change my organising system according to ur system!

  35. I picked up on that "Ed hangs his things on the left and I hang things on the right." My husband is left handed and I am right handed. I wondered if Ed was right handed? Have you ever paid attention to what you guys pick as 'sides'? Some things, like the bathroom counter, he has the left and I have the right because it's more natural for us.  But there are some things where he gets right and I get left, like the side of the closet, side of the bed and side of the couch. I'm not really sure why it ended up like that, but it is interesting!

  36. Hi  Thanks for sharing this video. I am slowly trying to organize my front closet that is very small. I like all your suggestions and have used the command hooks on the side of the wall  and I put 2 of the plastic 3 drawer containers and labeled them. I also am going to use the plastic shoe storage but might put that on the other wall where there is space. Thanks I really do like this video.
    Also where did you get the hook for the hinge?

  37. My coat closet is a nightmare!! I've been enjoying Youtube to get some great ideas on organization. This is the first coat closet video that I've watched. I'm going to try some of the things mentioned.

  38. I have a coat closet about the size of your closet, and a family of 7, including 5 teenagers. (4 football player-sized boys and a girl…) Do you have a miracle up your sleeve to help me? ;-P

  39. Hi Alejandra, I know you have since moved from the this house. I was wondering if you might be able to tell me how you tweaked the filing cart for use in the closet. I need this desperately in my coat closet for my family of four and our two dogs.

  40. I love your videos and have recently been looking at some of your older videos for more ideas. I live in an apt. so I have much less space; for example the bottom (sides & back as well) of my coat closet has boxes, so even though I Love the idea of drawers below I have no space for them. I also cannot close closets if I put over the door hooks. I might try some command hooks for the shoe pockets, just for light stuff. I wish you did apt organization videos.

  41. hi
    am really impressed by your small practical tips which has changed my life so drastically
    now my mind n my house is clutter free n so well organised.
    labelling everything is really nice top
    i keep luking for ur new videos almost daily n hv seen all ur videos
    pl keep posting new ideas n tips

  42. I loved the drawers idea but I noticed you have all short coats. We're a family of five and have a couple of long coats that would be a problem with the drawers. Any suggestions?

  43. I think you should show how to organize childrens items in addition to adults in that one small space. Also, it is helpful to add a push light to dark closets like that.

  44. I enjoy your videos. This is great ideas for the coat closet. My family house is small and we have the use the hall closet for coats. Where did you find the drawers to put gloves and other items? 🙂 Have a good week.

  45. I know these are a few years old, but I just found your videos a week ago and have been binge watching them. I always thought I was organized and have some systems in place that work for me. A few are similar to yours but now I'm going to follow your suggestions and ideas and spruce up what I got going on in my apartment. I just don't have some of the space you do but that entrance closet is a definite DO I can copy! Thanks!!

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