When winter comes around it seems the piles of boots, coats, hats, scarves, and gloves are piling up all over the place. Bulky winter coats and heavy boots, along with all those accessories, can really push your storage space to the maximum. When you have to pull everything out for winter, it’s time to consider some easy storage solutions that allow you to have everything handy and yet out of the way.
Double Duty Storage
Pick up a small storage ottoman and place it near the front door. All of your mittens, gloves, scarves, and other small winter accessories can be thrown inside when you get home, and then you just replace the lid and it’s all hidden. It’s easy for kids to use as well.
Storage ottomans have the added bonus of providing a convenient place to sit down while you get those winter boots on and ready yourself to head out the door. Be sure that the items are dry before putting them away.
Dealing With Winter Boots
Boots can take up a lot of floor space, so get them off the ground with a shoe tree or rack. Place the tree or rack over one of your heating vents for an added perk—the hot air blowing onto your boots will quickly dry off all of that melted snow!
If things are really dripping, place a rubber mat with a raised edge beneath the boots to catch the water as they dry.
Bulky Winter Coats
Winter coats can take up a lot of room, and there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. Clear closet space by putting away any coats you aren’t planning to use until spring.
To make it easy for kids to reach their coats, hang small hooks at their level on the wall inside the closet. This will free up hanger space and allow kids to hang up and retrieve their own coats.
At The End Of The Winter
When winter is over, grab plastic storage bins and put everything in labeled containers. It will be easy to access next winter, and can be stacked for storage in the basement or attic.
Choose a bin for boots, one for coats, and one for accessories. To avoid storing things you don’t need, pass on any outgrown coats or boots as soon as you are done with them for the year. This will reduce clutter in your home as well!