Adios, coats, mittens, hats and scarves. I'm emptying the entryway coat closet of all of its winter contents. Despite its name, though, my small house can't afford to let this prime storage space go to waste. Here are some ideas for what to do with your coat closet during the warm weather months:
- Don't leave your coats there. In a small space, especially, an entry closet is way too handy a storage location to leave unused coats hanging there until next winter. If you don't have an alternative closet for deeper storage, try stowing your coats in an under-bed bin until summer's end.
- Shoe shelf: With lots of summertime entertaining and sandy beach sandals, designate an area (likely the floor) for stowing footwear as you come and go.
- A-Game storage: Baskets that not so long ago may have held winter wraps can now be used for bike locks, tennis balls, frisbees, baseball mitts. Unwieldy items like tennis rackets can hang on hooks. The great looking example using baskets shown above is Ashli of Mini Manor Blog's mud room closet project.
- Pack your bags: If summer means impromptu day trips to the beach, have a bag packed and ready, hanging in your summertime "coat" closet. Include sunscreen, sunglasses, goggles, and a lazy read. Rolled beach towels in a basket can also be handy for drying off or spreading a picnic!
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