Our front closet desperately needed some help. We needed somewhere to store the kid's gloves, mittens, and hats where they could reach them, and I wanted them to be able to be able to hang up their own coats.
Inspired by the modular closets that can be found in many bedrooms, I had my husband build shelves into our coat closet and added hooks for the kids coats. Each person has a shelf in the closet with a bin for their gloves and such, and a space for purses or other "extras", we have a spot for leashes and umbrellas. It's never quite as organized as I'd like it, but the extra storage sure helps.
By Stephanie from Hillsboro, OR
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