Easy $20 Coat Closet Makeover

by Dagmar Bleasdale on April 26, 2015

coat closet makeover

I don’t know about you, but I need to get something done every day or I feel lazy.

I’m pretty happy with what I got done this Saturday!

I went to the Katonah thrift store and found a bunch of amazing vintage things I can’t wait to show you on Monday for “Thrifty & Vintage Finds,” I cleaned up our porch after Don installed a screen door, and I finally decluttered our coat closet!

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.com$20 Coat Closet Makeover

This is our coat closet between our living room and our kitchen. You might remember it from my post about our kitchen and our laundry “closet,” which is right next to it.

coat closet

When we moved into the Blue Cottage, I shoved all kind of boxes into the coat closet, and that’s what it still looked like after all this time.

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.comAside from our jackets and vests, Landon’s little golf bag is in there, tennis rackets, boxes full of items I need to photograph for my Etsy store, four hanging shoe organizers, and all kinds of other clutter.

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.comI was sick of not being able to close the sliding doors because the closet was so filled up. After my bathroom closet makeover, I was itching to declutter this closet.

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.comI did, and I made over the closet for just $20!

I found turquoise hanging shoe organizers on sale for $5 at TJMaxx, and a pack of 8 white wood hangers only cost $4.99 at IKEA. I bought two sets the last time I was at IKEA.

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.comI really wanted to get rid of the many different hangers we were using to make the coat closet look nice, plus these are the kind of hangers heavy jackets should hang on so they don’t get dented.

First, I took everything out of the closet and vacuumed it. Then I added the two new shoe organizers and started filling them with shoes I wanted to keep. I ended up with a big bag of shoes I’m going to donate.

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.comI hung the white hangers in the closet and started to hang the jackets we currently need. All the winter jackets are going into the attic.

This is what the cleaned-up, decluttered, organized closet looks like now!

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.comI nailed a pretty hook from Anthropologie on one side of the closet to keep all my scarfs in one spot from now on, and then I added several baskets to the shelf that will hold all kinds of odds and ends.

And since there was space, I also put my box full of ribbons on the shelf. Painting over those screws is another project that’s on my list.

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.comThis is what the shoes look like now, all organized. I’m going to be on the lookout for two more of those new shoe organizers to make this look even nicer. And I’ll add a small area rug under the shoes for a pop of color.

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.comI have more summer shoes and fancy shoe in my closet upstairs, but these are the ones we use more often.

$20 coat closet makover. DagmarBleasdale.com

$20 coat closet makeoverThis coat closet makeover only took an hour and $20, and I’m thrilled with the result. Onto the next closet!

We have several more that need a makeover.

$20 coat closet makeover, DagmarBleasdale.comWhich one of your closets needs a makeover the most?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan May 20, 2016 at 8:12 PM

I love how clean the white hangers look. Right now we store our shoes on shelves in the garage, but I’m liking those turquoise shoe organizers!

Congrats on being featured at Simple Organization Ideas on Organized 31!


Dagmar Bleasdale May 22, 2016 at 10:04 PM

Thanks so much for the feature! I really appreciate it.


Alayna @AlaynasCreations May 15, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Looks great! I like the idea of keeping everyone’s shoes all in one place. Seems like we always end up with 4-5 pairs each sitting by the door. I wonder though if my kids would actually put them in the organizer or just toss the shoes on the floor of the closet and walk away… ;)


Dagmar Bleasdale May 17, 2015 at 3:08 AM

Hi Alayna, we have another pile of shoes right in front of the front door during the colder months, and on the porch during the warmer months. We don’t put our shoes into this organizer every day. That would be lovely, though :)


Lisa May 9, 2015 at 8:11 AM

The closet looks great now! I love the turquoise shoe holders. $5 is a steal! Now, you’ve motivated me to tackle our pit of despair aka coat closet.


Dagmar Bleasdale May 11, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Hi Lisa,

I’m glad I inspired you :)


Keri May 7, 2015 at 12:16 PM

That looks great! I need to get me some of those hangers.


Dagmar Bleasdale May 11, 2015 at 12:54 PM

They are so inexpensive at IKEA!


Cathy May 6, 2015 at 1:54 PM

I love it when I have uncluttered and made an area over that was needing it. I need to organize my closet – soon, very soon. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


Trish May 6, 2015 at 12:59 AM

Wow!! What a difference. I love the turquoise shoe holders and the hangers. I am organizing mine right now. It looked like a hurricane had hit prior.


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