Works for Me Wednesday

While I like things uncluttered and tidy, I am not a naturally organized person.  My method of cleaning up a space is generally to throw away anything that might not be missed (and sometimes even if it will.)  I subscribe to the philosophy that I’d rather purchase it again if I miss it at a later date than see it sit around collecting dust until then.

But some things just cannot be thrown out, so then the question is, what to do with them?

In the wintertime, the bane of my existence (besides the cold and the dry, cracked, flaky skin) is the assortment of gloves and hats and shoes that seem to accumulate and pervade every room my home.  When we moved in, I was delighted to have a coat closet in which to stash all this necessary clutter, and I asked my husband if he could install some shelves where I could store baskets to hold it all.  As a “temporary measure” I hung one of those canvas sweater organizers in one end of the closet.  That was three years ago.

For three winters, I have tried to keep all the gloves, hats, mittens, slippers, and shoes in this hanging shelving unit that swings and sways and sags and basically hurls the contents back out onto the floor.  For three winters I have BEGGED for shelves.

Then last week I was at Kim’s house and she showed me how she had picked up this over-the-door-hanging shoe organizer at Target and how perfectly it stashed and organized the gloves, hats, mittens, etc of her four very active children.

And the angels sang as a bright light suddenly appeared overhead.

I wasted NO time running to Target the next day and purchasing the same thing.  I wish I had taken time to take a before picture so you could get the full effect, but let me show you the final result:


Isn’t it absolutely GORGEOUS?  I’ll give you a moment to bask in the glory.

Not only is this clutter secure instead of falling out all over the place, but by removing the sweater hanger from the hanging rod, I was able to make room for more coats too!  Of course, we have way more shoes than can ever fit in that shoe hanger, what with all the gloves and mittens taking up space, so now I need to find some fancy shoe storage device for the bottom of the closet.  I’ll gladly take your suggestions.

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  1. says

    Why didn’t I think of thid fabulous idea?? I’m going to do this for my entry way coat closet. I’ll put my assortment of gloves & scarves in there and may be the toddler and her father will put a couple of pairs of shoes in there so that I’m not constantly finding them at the back door. Thanks so much for this tip!!

  2. says

    Great job! As far as the shoe situation I suggest 2 things (neither one of them I do for I don’t have a lot of shoes), I’ve known people to store their shoes in plastic shoe boxes purchased for .97 at WalMart. That way you can still see the shoes and they are stackable or you can make like a 2 story shallow “shoeshelf” type thing and put it under your clothes. OR get rid of some shoes! LOL. Just kidding! I hope you find something that works.

  3. says

    OK. that rocks…but my coat closet are the sliding kind…I have cubbies up top that i toss these items in but no one can reach themand they fall down all the time. I am a wee bit jealous right now.

    I want one of those beautiful mud room setups from PB or C&B do you think you could get them to sponsor a give away?

  4. says

    oh and I don’t know if you have room or not but we put plastic crates from office max on the closet floor and each person can “toss” their shoes in their..just a few pairs (some have to stay upstairs) but it makes for cleaning the floor easy too because all I have to do is lift the crate and plop it back down. I have a picture on the blog somewhere…back in December I think…Maybe I will dig it up

  5. Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt says

    JL- They have TONS of various shoe stands/containers in the same sections of Target and Walmart. You basically just have to choose one. :)

  6. Susan T says

    My friend had the same idea for the hats and mittens, and I copied it last winter. Isn’t it fabulous? It makes cold mornings so much easier, and I don’t have all the hats and gloves all over our laundry room!

  7. Amy says

    It’s so simple! Why didn’t I think of that? I’ve got a spare one of those sittin’ around, so I may have to implement this soon!

  8. Emily says

    Looking good! I struggle with the shoe thing – we’ve tried several different racks and anything with slats is a nightmare. I like the idea of the crates that each person has your own (you should have more than one obviously!)

  9. says

    That so will be in my coat closet by the end of the week. Maybe the end of the day.

    Okay, this is not fancy but it works for our shoes in the coat closet.

    It is the largest basket that I could find that would also fit in my coat closet. All shoes that do not make it back up to the appropriate closets go in this basket.

    I found my basket at Target. It is one of the plastic white ones in the organizing sections.

    The shoe are not really organized but they are all picked up and in one place. It makes it very easy to find shoes later.

    I clean it out each season.

  10. says

    Still basking in the glory of your closet! And trying to figure out how I’d make that work with Hero’s vast collection of baseball caps stashed yea deep on the shelf in our entryway closet.

  11. Jo-Lynne says

    Grace – I still need a solution for baseball caps. Let me know if you come up with a good one! :-)

    I need to get one of these baskets y’all are talking about!

  12. says

    Love it! I did the same exact thing a couple of weeks ago, and it’s wonderful! (I saw the idea on another blog.) The only thing I hate is the hanger-thingies that I can see on the outside of the door. The blog I saw it on said she used the 3-M hooks so they wouldn’t show. I’m going to have to do that too – but my hubby doesn’t seem to think they will hold very well. Guess I’ll have to find out! I like yours better though – mine has see-through pockets. Yours looks more organized because you can’t see through them! We don’t have tons of gloves and scarves and such, so I have other things in there too – extension cords and such. They also will be holding sunscreen abd bugspray and such in the summer!

  13. says

    We do the same thing at our house except the pockets on ours are clear which prevents stuff from getting hidden in the pockets! I don’t how I would survive the clutter of hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, etc in the winter without this over our closet door! And for summer, just swap out the winter gear for hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and flip flops!

  14. says

    That is fantastic! And, I love the gray. My house doesn’t have a single closet on the main floor (sob) so I can’t steal the tip. But, if I did have coat closet, I’d be running out to Target this afternoon myself!

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