Organized COAT CLOSET {Decor Chick}

Aren’t we so happy for Friday!!!  It has felt like a really long week here and I’m welcoming the bit of a break that the weekend will bring.  My hubby and I decided to host a super casual Superbowl party, so I’m thinking we better get the word out to our friends and maybe start doing a little party planning:)  Then, a month later, it will be time for James’ 1st birthday!   I already found him a cute “birthday boy” t-shirt! 
But today, I’m happy to have Emily from Decorchick feature her coat closet makeover.  It seems like that space always ends up being under-utilized or is where stuff is piled high and inaccessible.  I love how Emily made some simple DIY changes to make the closet more efficient and pretty!  
She and I go way back and she was super helpful in getting the word out about my blog when I first started blogging.  She was also my 2nd or 3rd follower, so I appreciate her so much!!

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Hi HWH fans! I’m Emily from Decorchick and I am a big fan of Megan too. And I get the privilege to be a real life friend as well, so I get to drool over her home and closet in person. I sure am a lucky gal! 🙂 I am excited to be a part of Megan’s organization series, as I am on a big organization kick myself. I think most people are this time of year and I love it. It’s a new year, and a new fresh start. Since I am always trying to utilize every inch of our home, and to make sure each space has functionality, today I am going to show you how I transformed a coat closet into a cute little storage closet. Living in South Texas there really isn’t much need for a coat closet, so when I opened up our closet and found this chaos, I knew it had to change. Here is the bottom of the floor once I removed the coats. As you can see, this coat closet has turned into a junk closet. I knew it needed shelves, so I used 6 pieces of 1×2’s for the supports, and 3 pieces of particle board with a melamine finish for the shelves. Nailed the support braces up… Then I just laid my shelves on top and I was done. There was no need to nail the tops down, as they were very secure as is. And here is what the closet looks like now! Ahh, organized Heaven. The cute fabric cubes are from Home Depot and they are by Martha Stewart. The clear plastic containers on the top shelf are also from Home Depot and they were .99 a piece. I bought extra so I can continue to organize as more junk comes in. I made the labels with vinyl and chalkboard pens. This was a very easy project, so if you have a junk closet, just add some shelves and you’ll be all set and organized! 🙂 Thanks so much for having me as a guest for your organization series Megan! I really appreciate it. 🙂

************* image Have a great weekend friends!


  1. January 14, 2011 / 7:37 am

    Thanks for the great idea! We're still working on our home and don't have closet doors installed yet (gasp!) so having the interior exposed has really made me think about how to better organize our closets.

  2. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    January 14, 2011 / 4:59 am

    Fabulous transformation, so organized, love it!
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    January 14, 2011 / 4:59 am

    Fabulous transformation, so organized, love it!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma
    January 14, 2011 / 5:04 am

    This is inspiring…

    {I am about 50% done with my coat closet to toy/homeoffice/art closet}…

    I found that coat always ended up on chairs and not in the ill-placed closet, so we went with the hooks by the front door route this year…

    Emily should totally get one of those wrapping paper holders so your rolls don't fall!

  5. Judith @ Creating Balance
    January 14, 2011 / 5:24 am

    Awesome idea! Great job!

  6. January 14, 2011 / 2:41 pm

    I love the cubes! My problem is that my closet is angled and there isn't much hanging space for my coats. If only I lived in a warmer climate!

    I also love that you guys are friends in real life! I read both of your blogs and never put 2 and 2 together that you even both lived near each other!

  7. January 14, 2011 / 3:34 pm

    You're so sweet Megan! Thanks so much for having me invade your blog today. 🙂

  8. Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair
    January 14, 2011 / 11:20 am

    It looks so great – Love those fabric cubes so much!
    Rachie xo

  9. Liz
    January 14, 2011 / 11:46 am

    Love the Marthat Stewart fabric cubes! Your series has inspired me to do my pantry and shoe closet this week! Thanks!

  10. Sarah
    January 14, 2011 / 1:17 pm

    I'm digging the wrapping paper on the top shelf, I never know where to put it so it doesn't get ruined.

  11. -Kasey
    January 14, 2011 / 1:31 pm

    That is some transformation. It looks awesome and so neatly organized! 🙂

  12. Ashly@Moon Walk
    January 14, 2011 / 3:59 pm

    The colorful bins are great. It looks way better!

  13. Michelle @ Ten June
    January 14, 2011 / 4:50 pm

    As always, looking great, Emily! Love the colorful bins!

  14. January 14, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    I loved this when I saw it on your blog! We too turned our coat closet near our kitchen into an extra panty for cleaning supplies, and I love it!! It makes those things so much more accesible.

  15. Megan
    January 14, 2011 / 6:01 pm

    Oh, this is one of my favorite guest posts! Love love love the boxes and labels!!

  16. Lisa
    January 14, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    I love an organized closet! Those bins are fabulous – it's like a little party every time you open the door!

  17. Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    January 14, 2011 / 8:26 pm

    I love those vinyl chalkboard labels!!

  18. Elsa
    January 14, 2011 / 8:38 pm

    I love you closet!!! I was trying to explain to my husband last night that this is exactly what I'd like to do with out hall closet…we live in Texas…so there are never any coats hanging in the coat closet and shelves would be so much more useful.

  19. Michaela
    January 14, 2011 / 10:08 pm

    Love this…such a great way to store stuff…in cute bins and boxes!

  20. Carly {Honey and the Moon}
    January 15, 2011 / 5:05 am

    Great transformation!


  21. Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES)
    January 15, 2011 / 3:36 pm

    Just inspirational! You could leave the door to this closet open. All the time!


  22. d~
    January 15, 2011 / 6:55 pm

    Great storage space! Love it. I turned our coat closet into a toy closet, but like your shelves.
    My only problem is we do need our coats. I have a hallway coat tree, but even that doesn't produce enough needed hanging space.

  23. ButterYum
    January 15, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Very nice redo. I love the addition of the shelving. Really utilizes the space much better. Bravo!


  24. Chic Coastal Living
    January 16, 2011 / 11:27 pm

    It's so nice to see that there are other people in the world that have closets that look like mine! Love the transformation and the fact that she chose the different colored Martha Stewart boxes! Makes it look very pretty! Great post!

  25. emily
    January 16, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    What a great change! Those colorful bins are so fun.

  26. Anonymous
    August 18, 2012 / 7:31 pm

    My hall closet is 8' high. What do you recommend the height of my first shelf? I'm thinking 24" from the floor. What do you recommend the height between the shelves be? I'm thinking 12". What about the very top shelf? How high up should it go?


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