Well…we’re in much different weather now. 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.
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.
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.
I loaded the bottom of the wardrobe with boots and our baby’s bunting.
On a shelf above the hanging rod I placed baskets for gloves, hats, and scarves.
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.
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!
I hung a trio of hooks on the wall to keep coats, bags, and other winter miscellaneous off the floor.
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!
With a little planning and organizing, we now have a stylish and functional mudroom. Bring it on winter. We’re ready!