Most homes have a front entryway closet or coat closet near the front door. Although organizing this space is not often a top priority for my home organizing clients, this so-called “coat closet” can often be better organized or repurposed for other uses.
If the front door is your most used entry and exit door, it makes sense to keep this closet as a storage spot for coats and shoes. If you’re like many of my clients and use another door more frequently, such as one leading to a garage, it logically makes sense to move your coats and shoes closer to that door. This will open up your coat closet or front entry closet for a variety of purposes.
Here are some ways I have helped my home organizing clients to repurpose their front entry closets:
- For off-season clothing storage.
- Storing bins of baby and children’s clothing for hand-me-downs.
- To hold summer gear such as beach towels, beach bags, goggles, swim wear and pool toys.
- Sporting goods storage such as gear for activities like soccer, karate or ballet.
- Exercise equipment storage such as yoga mats and hand weights.
- Storing baby equipment like strollers, car seats, bouncers, walkers and play yards.
- Holding the overflow of plates and appliances that will not fit in the dining room or kitchen.
- To hold bulk storage overflow of things like paper towels from stores like Costco or BJ’s.
- Board Game and video game storage.
- Gift wrapping supplies and new gift storage.
- For storage of Christmas dishes and seasonal decorations.
The repurposed use of this closet really depends on the size of your home, the layout of your house, your life stage, and your interests and hobbies. My clients have been extremely happy with creating a new storage area out of a former “coat closet”. What other ways would you consider reusing a front entry closet? Please let me know in the comments.