Coat Closet Clean-Up by Cole House Design

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Cole House Design has staged numerous homes in the Halton and Peel regions of Ontario as of late.  And many of those home owners have asked us the same probing question - "do I really have to stage my closets too?".  Now most of these clients had closets bulging at the seams, and they were all a little concerned about what we would uncover.  But the answer is always the same, "YES".   

Now I am no Martha Stewart, and I will admit that I have never staged a coat closet quite to the degree she has below (even though the photo is inspiring).  But potential home buyers WILL look in coat closets, linen closets, bedroom closets, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and armoires during open houses and showings - GUARANTEED.  So be prepared, and make sure your closets and cabinets are neat and orderly!

Martha Stewart closet

Cole House Design can help you get things tidied up and re-organized, and bring new life back to an old coat closet.  As seen in the photo below, of one transformed during a home staging in Mississauga, Ontario.   

Coat Closet Before Staging        Coat Closet After Organizing

Here are Cole House Design's quick and easy tips to help you through the dreaded coat closet clean-up:  

  • Pack up your family's out of season jackets and place in storage. 
  • Do the same for either the winter boots or the flip flops, depending on the season.
  • Purchase a set of wooden hangers (perfect for heavy jackets), and discard those ugly and mismatched wire and plastic hangers.  We purchased the ones above at our local Ikea.
  • Install some simple wooden shelves or place a small wooden shelving unit at the base of the closet for shoe storage.  Plastic ones do not typically hold up well under the weight of numerous pairs of shoes.  The ones we used above were purchased at our local Home Depot.
  • Place baskets or bins along the top shelf for storage of hats and mitts, sunglasses, silk scarves, purses, or any other miscellaneous items you may need while getting ready to leave. 
  • Place a small hook inside the door for your pet's leash and collar (if need be). 
  • Tuck umbrellas neatly upright in the corner of the closet in an umbrella stand or do as I do, and place them upright in my rubber boots (if you need to put your boots on, then you will likely need the umbrella too - LOL). 
  • If you have no room for an entry hall table near the front door, a small key rack can also be installed inside the closet for easy storage of keys.   

Checking your Appearance


Last but not least, don't forget to install a mirror somewhere between the coat closet and front door, so you can check your appearance one last time before leaving for the day! 



If you have a catastrophe of a closet, contact Cole House Design for assistance!  We would be more than happy to help!  For a list of our other services, please check out our website at  Thanks for reading!


Nicole Hurst - (President)

Phone 416-878-0338

 Cole House Design

(Cole House Design is a home staging and interior decorating firm serving  Georgetown, Acton, Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton, Rockwood, Erin, and surrounding areas.)



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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Buyers learn a lot about you when they look in the closet, cabinets and drawers.  If they are neat and orderly, buyers will assume the whole house has been well maintained.  Great post to help sellers understand this. 

Mar 05, 2009 12:34 PM #1
Gina Dougherty
Fusion Design Consulting - Redondo Beach, CA
Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA-

Great post- storage is a big issue for buyers.  Seeing closets and cabinets neatly organized and maximizing space is important!  I love wooden hangers, I have them in all my closets and they even come in smaller sizes for kids' clothes.

Mar 07, 2009 04:48 PM #2
Pangaea Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling
Portland Oregon - Portland, OR

Why is it I can organize other people's spaces but never my own? You did a very nice job here. I once had a client whose closet was between the master bedroom and master bath. You literally had to walk through their closet to get to the bath. That will be a good one for a posting too. Now if I could just apply some of this to my own closet!

Mar 07, 2009 08:19 PM #3

standing by iron railingDitto to comment from Pangea.  You did a great job and relieved your client of a lot of stress.  Maybe I should do a trade with another home stager in my area?

I really like an idea which I believe came from de-clutter expert Peter Walsh.  He recommended turning the hangers of all our clothes backwards after we straighten up our cupboard and de-clutter.  Once we wear an item, we turn the hanger rightside and can keep it.  After 3 months, 6 months...we make a note of the hangers that have not beeen turned yet and re-consider what we really have to keep.  This is also on my list of to do items.


Mar 09, 2009 01:09 PM #4
Nicole Hurst
Cole House Design - Georgetown, ON
Your Halton & Peel Home Staging Expert

Thanks for all of your comments everyone!

Gina - Both of my children have the kids wooden hangers in their bedroom closets - cute & very practical!  Love them!

Sharon C. - Although the idea of turning the hangers around is great - it would honestly drive me crazy (LOL)!  I'm one of those people who has to have all the hangers facing in one direction.  My husband and I share a walk-in closet, and I swear he hangs up his shirts on a backwards hanger a couple of times a week, just to see how long it takes me to turn them back around :-) 

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