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How to thoroughly clean your coat closet

by Maria Gracia Join our newsletter to be notified when the newest Cleaning Secret is available. Fall is a great time to clean out your coat closet…especially if you haven’t done so in awhile. Just follow these steps and you’ll be done in no time at all. Empty it out. Pull everything out…coats, shoes, anything hanging on hooks, containers, etc. Start with a blank slate. Clean it. Vacuum it out really good, using a vacuum attachment on shelves. Clean the floor well with a vinegar and water solution. Add sturdy hangers. Ditch flimsy hangers, like the wire ones from the dry cleaner or easily-breakable plastic ones. Hangers in the coat closet should be sturdy enough to hold heavy coats without bending. Don’t forget about extras for your guests. You may want to go all out and purchase wooden or heavy plastic matching coat hangers if you want a super-organized look! Return coats and jackets. Return coats to the coat closet, keeping each family member’s coats and jackets together. Don’t return anything that doesn’t fit or you or your family members don’t wear. Each person’s section should be divided in two visually…winter coats/jackets and summer coats/jackets (unless you stow any out-of- season items elsewhere.) Add totes or containers. Add a tote or container for each family member and place that person’s winter gloves, scarves, earmuffs, and other small items in their tote or container. Weed out any gloves with missing mates, hats that don’t fit, and so on. Add a shoe rack. The only shoes on the shoe rack in the coat closet should be those you wear nearly every single day. Your larger variety of shoes can be stored in your regular bedroom closets. Add strong hooks as needed. If you store umbrellas, dog leashes, backpacks, and the like in your coat closet, add hooks to store these items easily. Add extra shelving. If you only have one tall shelf on top of your coat closet, consider adding an additional shelf to keep things more organized. Add a tall container. If you have tall items, like canes or tall umbrellas, consider adding a tall container to store them. If you have extra funds… You might consider a closet system for your coat closet with built-in cubbies and shelving. Back to Cleaning Secrets Index
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by Maria Gracia Join our newsletter to be notified when the newest Cleaning Secret is available. Fall is a great time to clean out your coat closet…especially if you haven’t done so in awhile. Just follow these steps and you’ll be done in no time at all. Empty it out. Pull everything out…coats, shoes, anything hanging on hooks, containers, etc. Start with a blank slate. Clean it. Vacuum it out really good, using a vacuum attachment on shelves. Clean the floor well with a vinegar and water solution. Add sturdy hangers. Ditch flimsy hangers, like the wire ones from the dry cleaner or easily-breakable plastic ones. Hangers in the coat closet should be sturdy enough to hold heavy coats without bending. Don’t forget about extras for your guests. You may want to go all out and purchase wooden or heavy plastic matching coat hangers if you want a super-organized look! Return coats and jackets. Return coats to the coat closet, keeping each family member’s coats and jackets together. Don’t return anything that doesn’t fit or you or your family members don’t wear. Each person’s section should be divided in two visually…winter coats/jackets and summer coats/jackets (unless you stow any out- of-season items elsewhere.) Add totes or containers. Add a tote or container for each family member and place that person’s winter gloves, scarves, earmuffs, and other small items in their tote or container. Weed out any gloves with missing mates, hats that don’t fit, and so on. Add a shoe rack. The only shoes on the shoe rack in the coat closet should be those you wear nearly every single day. Your larger variety of shoes can be stored in your regular bedroom closets. Add strong hooks as needed. If you store umbrellas, dog leashes, backpacks, and the like in your coat closet, add hooks to store these items easily. Add extra shelving. If you only have one tall shelf on top of your coat closet, consider adding an additional shelf to keep things more organized. Add a tall container. If you have tall items, like canes or tall umbrellas, consider adding a tall container to store them. If you have extra funds… You might consider a closet system for your coat closet with built-in cubbies and shelving. Back to Cleaning Secrets Index
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