OK, to really get this tip, you have to know I’m located in the South. As I type this in late January, it’s 61 degrees outside. All the rumors about us being unable to handle cold weather is pretty much truth. Unlike my northern extended family, we don’t own a snow shovel. We don’t own a snow blower. I don’t even have an ice scraper in my van. And most of all, we don’t have a place in our house set aside for all the jackets, shoes and other paraphernalia you need during the cold months.
Most of my northern family have basements. In those basements, many of them have cabinets that hold all the shoes. Shoes don’t go to the main level of the house. There are also lots of hooks and cabinets for coats.
And we? Don’t.
We don’t have room in our garage for this type of thing. Our hall closet is small and packed. So what happens during the winter months when we do need coats when we walk in the house (with our shoes) is lay them on the closest surface. Some of my friends here have a coat closet and actually use it. My mom has a coat rack near her garage they use. But us? Mine is usually hanging on a chair somewhere and the girls are usually on the floor in the playroom.
Here’s what we did to fix it.
We decided to use the outside of the hall closet. When we were visiting an organizational store recently, I had the idea to get an over-the-door set of hooks, that I normally would have thought to use behind a door for towels or robes in a bathroom or closet, and put it on the outside of our hall closet door. Now, it’s not that pretty but now we don’t have to try to squeeze our coats in and out of the closet, the kids can use it and it’s near the front door. Best of all, we can take it down easily during our warmest months and stuff all the coats back in the closet for storage.
Here it is with the front door closed.
However, our front door is usually open and they’re mostly hidden.
Depending on your weather and house floor plan this may or may not work for you, but it works for me!
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