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by Dana Miller

Dana is the author of the blog, House*Tweaking, where she shares the never-ending journey of transforming her underdog house into a stylish and livable home. Recently, she quit her reputable job as a pharmacist to be a stay-at-home mom and pursue a career in design. Her handy hubby is her sidekick and they have three young kiddos who keep things interesting—and LOUD.

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  • Hello there! Dana from House*Tweaking here. 

    It's that time of year! Time to stow away the flip flops and swimsuits and bust out the coats, scarves, and hats. Over time, I've learned that a little seasonal organizing goes a long way in making my house run smoothly. I use closed and open storage to combat winter clutter.
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    To make up for the lack of closet space in our modest house, we have two freestanding wardrobes in the mudroom. I've dedicated one to storing seasonal outerwear.

    A freestanding wardrobe houses less used items. 

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  • In preparation for colder weather, I removed our family swim bag and brought in our winter wear which had been living in a not-so-easily-accessible closet further from the mudroom.

    Remove summer stuff to make room for winter gear. 
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    I loaded the bottom of the wardrobe with boots and our baby's bunting.

    Keep kids' items within easy reach of little arms. 

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  • On a shelf above the hanging rod I placed baskets for gloves, hats, and scarves. 
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    Our mudroom doubles as a dining space, so keeping clutter to a minimum is a must. For more frequently used items out in the open, I set up a drop zone within the mudroom.

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  • I brought in a bench seat for putting on and taking off shoes. Shoes easily slip under the bench. The tile floor is durable so there's no need for a boot tray but you could easily add one to your space to protect more precious flooring.

    A felt basket on the floor corrals loose scarves, gloves, hats, library books, and mail. Everything looks better in a basket!
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  • I hung a trio of hooks on the wall to keep coats, bags, and other winter miscellaneous off the floor.
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    The ledge is the perfect spot for dropping sunnies, and a mirror allows for quick once-overs before heading out the door on busy mornings. Don't stow away sunglasses. Blinding white snow can be brutal!

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    With a little planning and organizing, we now have a stylish and functional mudroom. Bring it on winter. We're ready!


    - Dana

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