I was looking for a downsizing project to do at my own home this weekend while the temperature outside was reaching 90 degrees. I decided to tackle one of the most neglected areas of my home which is the front hall coat closet. Not only does this closet hold the usual coats, winter hats, gloves, and scarves but also the American flag, my yoga mat, games, tablecloths and more. It’s also where I tend to shove shoes and any stuff that family members leave by the front door.
Clean & Organize Your Front Hall Coat Closet
1. Gather a trash can, trash bags for donation and a laundry basket for dirty items. Grab the vacuum and a bucket of cleaning solution.
2. Remove everything from the closet. Take out all of the coats, gloves, hats, scarves, shoes and miscellaneous items.
3. Vacuum the entire closet including the shelves and corners to remove any cobwebs. Give the front and back of the doors a good wipe down as well as the door track if it is a sliding door. Wipe the shelves, trim, clothes bar and walls if necessary.
4. Time to sort and decide what goes back in and what gets tossed or donated. Toss out the following: Gloves that do not have a mate. Frayed and worn items or shoes. Bent wire hangers and excess hangers (leave a few for guests). All Trash. Be sure to check the pockets of all of the coats. I found tissues, cough drops, money, theatre tickets, and receipts.
Donate Items that are no longer worn or wanted but in good condition. Launder if needed.
Keep items: that are in good condition and that are still worn. Launder or dry clean the items that are soiled and have an odor and put back the rest. Fix any loose buttons.
Return items that don’t belong in the coat closet to their original home.
5. Replace any broken hangers with new ones.
Put the hats in a container. Put gloves in another container and scarves in a third container. I used baskets in my closet but you may also use clear plastic bins to the label.
Cleaning the coat closet didn’t take long at all. Now I am ready for when the weather turns cooler and I need a clean jacket. A Simple Solution for a clutter-free closet!
Marian Taylor, Senior Relocation Specialist, Owner of Simple Solutions for Living, and proud member of National Association of Senior Move Managers. Simple Solutions for Living provides clients with a personalized one-on-one experience, hands-on help, and knowledgeable guidance in downsizing, organizing, packing, unpacking, preparing home for sale, and stress-free moving. To find out how Simple Solutions for Living can help you with your project, please contact Marian Taylor at 814-449-5309, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.simplesolutionsforliving.com