How to organize hats & gloves

dakota01December 28, 2011

I have ample closet space in my new home, but yet I can't find a simple way to organize all my hats and gloves.

I do have special hangers with holes for my scarf's.

I have a large closet for my day to day/work coats that I keep my hats/gloves in. But, I can't easily find them as I dash out the door. I keep them in a basket

Since I have a horse and have "barn coats", etc. I keep all those items in a separate closet. They do get dirty, and I don't want them in w/my good coats. It's a smaller closet but all my barn coats/vests/pullovers fit nicely in there. I can't find a way to organize my hats and gloves. I have them in a hanging tote and I can't ever find the ones that I want, when I want them. Since they get dirty I want something that will also contain some of the dirt/hair/hay from hitting the floor.

HELP ---- I need to get organized now..

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First, purge the hats and gloves that you don't use. Then mount a hanging shoe organizer inside the closet door and place the remaining ones in the cubbies.

This one is by Rubbermaid:

    Bookmark   December 28, 2011 at 4:54PM
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Thanks graywings - after I posted I thought about on of those, but the "horse closet" has smaller french type doors. I guess I could cut the organizer to fit the size of the door. I really don't have any that I can toss - I do use them all, I normally use 2 pair a day. Typically they get wet when I fill the water buckets - so I have to hang them in the laundry room to dry then use another pair or so. End of the week, they all get washed.

But, I am going to try your suggestion for both my everyday hats/gloves and my horse stuff. Rather than having the hangers over the door, I may try to use the 3M command hooks so you can't see the hangers from the outside of the door.

Many Thanks

    Bookmark   December 29, 2011 at 10:16AM
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I have on its own hanger a storage item that has openings on each side. All of our knit hats and all gloves/mitts go in the openings.
Jeannie, OT, but could you wear rubber gloves over your wool ones when you fill the water buckets?

    Bookmark   December 29, 2011 at 7:10PM
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I keep the gloves in the pockets of the coat they go with, except for the ski gloves, which are on a hook, and aren't something I'm going to need as I'm rushing out the door on the way to work.

For the horse gloves, I think Target has a hanging shoe organizer (like to hang on the rod, not the door) in the $1 section right now.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2012 at 2:58AM
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I have cut down shoe-pocket organizers and stapled them to the sides of bookshelves, to the backs of doors, etc.

I also have extra-thick doors, and the over-the-door brackets are the wrong size. (Plus, I don't want them damaging the doors, nor do I want to look at them.) I ran heavy twill tape through the holes on the shoe organizer and staple-gunned the twill tape to the top edge of the door. Worked a treat!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 1:50PM
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You can also get "hanging shelves" for closets--canvas cubbies that hang from the curtain rod. If you have room among the coats.

They can be sort of wide, if they're intended for sweaters.

They are sometimes intended for shoes, which would narrower. This one is 5.5" wide.

This one's taller, but 8" wide

This one has a combination of pocket sizes

And if you go through lots of gloves, you could put several pairs in a single cubby, and just grab the one in front.

Here is a link that might be useful: This one from Target is only 5 inches wide!, has 10 pockets

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 1:56PM
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I use the shoe-pocket thing for good gloves and hats. I cut to whatever length suits the closet, wall space. For garden gloves, I use a lot of similar ones and I separate clean from dirty , and so I just rubber band pairs together after washing and put all in a basket in gardening closet. So you might think along lines of, for good things where you want to see brown gloves, black gloves, hat etc to match with outfits when leaving the house, use individual storage pocket system, and if some of your horsey items fall under multiples, and get used up and not put back in the same place (like having a drawer of dishcloths in the kitchen), then bulk storage makes more sense, or some variation on that, if you have a couple of types of items.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 4:11PM
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Thanks to these great idea, I am tackling our hats and gloves today. With nine people living here, there are soooooooooooo many!!!!!! Talley Sue, I have been getting great ideas from you for a decade or so! You know, I still think of you whenever I see a tall floor-to-ceiling shower caddy poles....

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 11:22AM
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ha, ha! That's right, we've both been around a while, haven't we.

And the 9-foot shower caddy poles are easier to find than they used to be.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 3:41PM
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i bought a small chest of drawers to put near the door to put them great

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 3:47PM
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Well, I am going to try the shoe hanging orgainzer - I will just cut to fit the door.
I don't have room for a small chest near my door to the garage, I do have a small cabinet in the garage, but in the winter the gloves/hats will get cold.
My last house I had an open weave hanging container ( I think it was for clothes pins or something) but it was a pain to sort thru it.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 11:40AM
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What about this on a narrow shelf above the coat rack, nailing it to the wall upright? not sure about the depth and if they'd fall to the floor....

Is there room for this amongst the coats?

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 12:12PM
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    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 12:38PM
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I have the hanging shoe organizer for our hats and gloves and it works great!
Kathy G in MI

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 7:19PM
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I found a hanging shoe bag like the one pictured above at a thrift store for $1.99! I installed it on the back of my coat closet. IT WORKS GREAT!!! Thanks for the idea.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 10:26PM
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