Wintertime comes with much bulkier outerwear than other seasons. Boots, gloves, hats and scarves can quickly overrun the coat rack and closet. How do you stay organized during the winter months? If you’re not sure where to begin, follow these winter organization tips the Molly Maid team pinned on our Home Organization Ideas Pinterest board.
Give Each Family Member a Cubby
If you have a big family, you’ll quickly outgrow the coat closet. Escape the mess by installing storage furniture in your mudroom. Design it so each family member has a cubby of their own. With spots for everyone to hang backpacks and coats, place purses, store shoes, and tuck away accessories, getting out the door on time – and with the proper winter gear – has never been easier.
Utilize Storage Bins
Shelves, hanging rods, and wall hooks are mainstays of the average coat closet, but bins also serve an important purpose: they organize small items you can’t hang up and prevent them from getting lost. With the setup shown here, it’s best to divide bins by clothing type rather than by family member. This makes it easy to swap them out with the seasons as you shift from winter to summer and back again.
Put in a Bench
The need to wear boots is a big part of snowy winter weather. You can’t slip these on the way you can with summertime sandals or flats. Thankfully, with a bench in your mudroom or entryway, you make it easy to sit down and put on snow boots as close to the front door as possible.
Create a Place to Store Snow-Covered Boots
Wet weather has a tendency to wreak havoc on your floors. To prevent wet, muddy tracks all over the place, make sure every family member and guest takes off their shoes right as they walk in the front door, especially if it’s snowing outside. Having a bench helps, but providing a place to set wet footwear seals the deal. In this example, a river rock boot tray has a decorative appearance when not in use and it helps drain water from the bottom of the boots for a faster drying time.
Place a Coat Rack in the Entryway
A coat rack by your front door is an excellent way to keep outwear from collecting on the floor. Even if you don’t have a formal mudroom or space for entryway furniture, you can always install a few hooks on the wall by the front door or garage entrance. Each person gets a hook or two to hang coats, hats, backpacks, and more.
Store Small Items in a Hanging Organizer
Gloves, mittens, ear warmers, and hats are easy to lose. Make sure you never leave the house with mismatched outerwear again by storing these small items in a hanging organizer on the back of the coat closet door. When the seasons change and you pack up your winter apparel, use these pockets to hold sunglasses, bug spray, baseball caps, flip-flops, and other summer gear.
Let Molly Maid Help You Get Organized
If you have the storage furniture in place but things have still become a mess, Molly Maid can help. Our team can organize your closets, clean mud-stained floors, and take care of other household cleaning duties to free up your time. With decades of experience, you know you can trust Molly Maid to take away some of your stress!
To learn more about our home cleaning services, or for additional winter organization tips, please contact your local Molly Maid or call (800) 654-9647.