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October 11, 2006

Ideas for organizing hats, scarves, boots and gloves in a small coat closet

Ah yes, winter is just about here. Or maybe it is ALREADY here by the feel of it outside ... rustling leaves ... howling wind ... brrrr. Time to stock-up and organize all your winter gear! My daughter and I hit Target last night and loaded her up with the CUTEST hats, mittens, scarves, and so on. So fun!

But ah ... back to the organizing. Lynn asked for some fresh ideas to organize her winter gear in lieu of her current system. Here are some of my ideas. Would love to hear yours, too!

Put the space below your coats to good use with a pull out drawer system. Here’s a rather pricey but nifty option and here's the same idea at a little better price.

The inside of the closet door can make for great storage, too. You could string some clothes line and clip your hats, scarves and gloves to the line using clothes pins. (Don’t try this if you have little ones who could get caught up in the clothes line, deal?) You could also forgo the clothes line altogether and just attach clothes pins directly to the door. That'd be fun.

Or how about using some command adhesive hooks to hang small monogrammed bags with everyone's gear inside? Ah ... organizational bliss, yes?

When all else fails, I still love a good old basket for storing just about anything. How about a lidded picnic basket to corral your winter gear?

Or you could re-purpose a canvas sweater organizer with drawers to stash your hats, mittens and scarves and put your oh-so valuable vertical closet space to good use. (Photo is just of the drawers ... but you'll see what I mean.)

If your current system is working, maybe a new set of creative labels is all you need to freshen things up.

And I just had to show you this nifty solution for boots

Anyone have any more ideas???

Happy organizing!


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I use an old cardboard shoe organizer for my hats, gloves and scarves. It's just me, so this works great. It helps me use more the vertical space above the shelf.

For my tall boots, I put old magazines in them to hold them up.

Mary E.

This is great! Just in time for part of my new 12 week challenge. One of my 4 tasks is to clean out and organize our coat closet! I'm going to study all of your ideas and see what I can put to use. Thanks!


I got my boot shapers at the container store for $10. Love them. Thanks for the great coat closet definately needs some cleaning up!


We have a hanging canvas shoe organizer in the coat works perfectly for the small stuff like mittens, hats and scarves.

Rachel Whetzel

I also use the canvas shoe organizer for my family's hats and gloves. I use a skinnier version than the one you showed, and it doesn't have any drawers, but I like it just the same! Mine was a little bit long, and I cut off the bottom three spaces so that it would fit exactly right in the space it needed to!


Hi! Great ideas you have there. I posted a method for handling the winter load on Sept 23rd if you are interested. Sorry I don't know how to link it here. Love your site! Laura

Mary E.

It's October 15th, and my 4 week challenge is complete one day early. I have the small shelves in my laundry room cleaned off and organized. And now, on to the rest of the 12 week challenge!


I also use an over the door hanging shoe organizer. I bought a clear plastic one so the kids can see what is in each pocket. I put this on the back of the laundry room/mud room door so as they are going out/in it is accessable. I change the contents with the seasons. In the summer it holds sunglasses, flip flops, sun hats, sunscreen, goggles, etc and in the winter it holds hats, scarfs, gloves and earmuffs.

Tamara - Creative Queen

THANK YOU for mentioning the Bootleg! I appreciate the nod from such an organized person as I truly think my pretty little boot shapers are a great solution to people trying to preserve the life of their boots as well as organize well. Much appreciated! Please get in touch with your address and I'd love to send you a pair in appreciation!



I just bought these new boot supports called Booty Shapers from and I love them! They’re inflatable and really easy to use, I highly recommend them to keep your boots in shape and your wardrobe organized.


I love the idea of pining up mittens etc!
So cute :)

mudroom storage

Great ideas you have there!

mudroom storage

Great ideas you have there!

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