. . .Coat Closet
Samantha donated seldom-used tote bags, old books, and 30―yes, 30!― coats, along with the mammoth vacuum cleaner (a compact model replaced it). A sizable stepladder was junked for a low-profile wall-mounted version. Dirty mops and brooms were tossed for one tool with three removable heads (mop, broom, duster). Putting jackets on identical thin hangers multiplies real estate, and an extendable metal hook allows Samantha to reach high-hung coats. One shelf is now a gift-wrap station: Two coat hooks mounted to the wall hold rolls of paper, round glass containers store ribbons, and fabric-covered boxes stash stationery. Her hostess gift stash is bounded by acrylic shelf dividers, and canvas bins keep linens neat. For more details, see A Coat Closet Makeover.