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Winter Entryway Organization

Last year, I did a quick and cheap organization project when I adopted my dog Gabby! It was working wonderfully until winter weather hit North Carolina. I know you all in the North and Canada are laughing at a North Carolina winter BUT whether it is -12 degrees or 10 degrees, you still have cold weather gear like gloves, hats, scarves, and coats coming and going in your household. My previous system did not account for this and things kept piling up on my dinning room table and getting lost.

So I took 10 minutes and did the following:

  1. Access exactly what I had to store
  2. Decide on the best way to store it. I did consider hanging my hat and scarf on the hooks I had put up but my hat kept falling and I switch scarves often so I could see there two things becoming issues. For me it is easier to just throw them off into a container. (good example of how each solution needs to fit the owner!)
  3. I reused some items I had around my apartment – an old food storage container with no lid was the perfect size for my gloves, a bin that held Gabby's toys that got substituted for a larger bin (and is working MUCH better as her toy collection has grown) for my hat and scarf. I created a HOME for all my winter gear.
  4. I placed the home right near my front door, next to where the items were going before but creating problems. For me this is an empty Rubbermaid Roughneck (yes it is empty) that would not fit in my closet so is living in my hallway. Not the best decoration wise but works until I can find/afford a nice table to place over my shoe organization!

I have been using this system for about a month now and it works for me! This is a picture taken this morning and it looks as good as it did when I first did the project!

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3 Responses to Winter Entryway Organization

  1. Megan G February 9, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I love over-the-door shoe organizers! I use them for all sorts of things – good call Karen! I use mine for storing holiday ornaments and storing plastic/canvas bags at the moment, and I have one at home that I’m just waiting to find a new use for. Glad yours is working out for all of the hats and gloves for the kids!

  2. Erin Gentry February 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi Karen,
    Over the door shoe organizers are another great solution! They work especially well with households that have more than one person.
    Thanks for sharing!
    -Erin

  3. karen w. February 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I use an over the door shoe organizer on the inside of the closet door to put gloves, hats, scarves, etc.. into. It keeps everything in reach for the kids and its where their shoes and coats are so its all in one spot!

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