Well, considering that it is now April...almost May, I thought I needed to get going on some more organization. A few weeks back, I tackled the coat closet. Here's how it turned out:
This is the large closet at the end of our laundry room. Our laundry room is also the entryway to and from the garage. So,this closet holds coats, shoes, and all the other weather-related gear. It also holds our vacuum, mop, and broom. Like closets often do, it also became a home for random items that don't really have a place. Here's a reminder of what it looked like before:
I started by deciding what things needed to be stored in this closet. Based on the location, it has to function as our coat and shoe closet, but also needs to hold reusable shopping bags, small outdoor toys and our large cleaning tools. Anything that didn't belong there got relocated. For example, I used to keep extra rolls of paper towels in this closet, but found a spot for them in the bottom of my pantry.
Next, I went through our shoes. I took some of my dress shoes to my bedroom closet since I wear them less often. Then, I grouped my shoes on one side and John's on the other.