Weekend Assignment: Reclaim The Coat Closet!
Nary a household coat closet I’ve seen is in even reasonably good shape. They’re filled with all the other random things that family members didn’t know what to do with, or were too lazy to cary out to the garage…or to the trash: baseball bats, bike helmets, boxes of stationary.
And besides that there’s the winter gear graveyard of solo mittens, moth-eaten beanies, and horribly unfortunate looking scarves. Add to that the various and almost necessarily bulky footwear items, including dad’s hulking snow galoshes he pulls on once a wintertime.
Plus, there’s the gardening supplies, the neighbor kid’s snow saucer, and a suspiciously unlabeled bag of something resembling children’s teeth. And don’t forget the now-broken dustbuster, and the J. Crew bag filled with returns meant to be taken back just 8 months ago.
You take all that, and then you try fitting in your actual coat. The one you wear daily lately. Maybe 4 or so for the family count.
Can’t do it? Resigned yourself to storing your coat out on the front porch? You’re not alone.
This weekend, why not reclaim the coat closet? I think it’s a grand idea and that means you have to do it.
– Take everything out.
– Donate all those coats that upon closer inspection you realize no one has worn for years.
– Transport all other miscellaneous items to their more appropriate homes.
– Clean that closet of yours. With a vacuum. And a damp wipe. And so on.
– Get yourself uniform hangers and ditch the wire hangers for the love.
– Use baskets or bins to corral your winter wear.
– If you have the space, relocate off-season jackets to another location. If not, differentiate by placing out of season in coats in proper garment bags.
– Since chances are high that your coat closet is also home to your vacuum cleaner, do yourself a solid and install a hook on which to hang your vacuum’s hose so it doesn’t fall on you every time you open the door. (This I need to do).
– Don’t forget the door! You can install hooks from which small humans can hang their coats, or use some variation of door rack for storing additional out-of-the-house accoutrements.
Don’t forget to pass on the kick in the pants by sharing your coat closet on social media using the hashtag #livesimplybyme & tagging me on IG @livesimplybyannie or on twitter @livesimply.
Xs and Os and seriously you need to go do that.
Image credit: Martha Stewart
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