March comes in like a lion. And at this time of year, your coat closet can look like it needs as much taming. Try these systems for corralling coats and shepherding shoes -- and when the month goes out like a lamb, you'll have a calm, serene storage solution to match.
* Use baskets for smaller or less-frequently used items. (Color code by contents with stripes of craft paint.)
* Keep towels or bath mats in the closet: When you or your kids come in wet or muddy, you can clean off.
* Screw hooks to the inside of the door at a height your kids can easily reach.
No More Wire Hangers
Invest in sturdy ones. "Good, strong hangers are the most important element," says Elizabeth Botero, a professional organizer in New York City. (Flimsy dry-cleaner freebies often lead to coats on the floor.) Assign each family member a color for his or her hangers, Ecker says. Try using ribbon or paint.
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