Winter is on the way, and that means it’s time to organize winter gloves and hats. Discover my solution to a common problem: Every single pair of winter gloves is so hard to find! Prevent morning scrambles by finding an easy storage solution for winter accessories.
Around these parts, mid-late October means it’s time for all of our gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, and winter gear to make their way up from basement storage and into the mudroom for easy access and use. It’s been a little warmer this year, and I was late bringing everything upstairs, so my kids went digging through all of our winter wear when cold temps hit us this week, and I started finding gloves and hats everywhere!
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So today I spent some time getting everything moved up and organized for the season, because when they came home from school they didn’t have a place for all of it to go, and that just creates clutter and chaos. Every year we experience a lost glove or two, but I’m working to minimize that, and make our outdoor gear quick and easy to find. Boots and snow pants are kept in the garage, but everything else is inside.
Smart Storage Solutions: Organize Winter Gloves and Hats
Here in upstate NY we get so much snow, but even if you live in a milder climate, odds are it gets chilly enough that you need to have even a few winter accessories on hand. Over the years I’ve tried several storage ideas, and it’s mostly depended on the layout of our house. In this home we have a mudroom with a bench in the middle of the lockers, and it’s the perfect spot for baskets.
My kids hang scarves on their coat hooks in their locker, so I only needed two baskets–one for hats, and one for gloves and mittens. I’ve found that keeping them individually in coats or their own lockers has resulted in more lost items, so I have my kids put them back in the basket when they come home. We’ve used different bins in past years, but they weren’t quite right for the space, so I went looking for something that would work better.
I found the perfect baskets at Walmart Home, and they were delivered to my house in a couple of days. Walmart is always one of my go-to spots for organizing and storage, because they have great brand choices at really reasonable prices. I like to stick to a budget, and Walmart Home helps me do that!
I chose this particular basket for a couple of reasons. It’s actually a laundry basket– wider and shorter than some of the others I’ve used, which works well under my bench. It also makes it easier for the kids to find what they’re looking for. The liner is removable, so I can wash it if I need to. And that adorable chicken wire fits the farmhouse style of the room perfectly! It’s a simple solution, but I’ve found that simple usually works best.
Storage Cube Organizer
If you keep your winter wear in a hall closet or coat closet, storage bins or baskets can work on shelves, or even on the floor, depending on space. Another option is a a storage cube organizer with fabric bins. They work really well in closets of several different sizes, because they can be turned to stand vertically or horizontally. We use them in several of our kids’ closets, and we love them. They would be great for seasonal organizing in a hall closet too–switch out the gloves and hats for swim towels and sunscreen in the summer!
Hanging Shoe Organizer
Another smart storage solution is to use a hanging shoe organizer as a simple and effective seasonal storage system. Into each pocket you can tuck gloves and hats, and place scarves, and it hangs right over the door, which is perfect for small spaces. If it’s a bedroom closet, and it won’t fit over the closet doors, you can also try hanging it on the main closet rod. Organization is a breeze because a different member of the family can each have a row, making it easy for kids to know exactly where there items go.
I love all of these storage options because they don’t have to be just for winter, and can easily be transitioned into each season, which I think is important. I like being able to utilize items in multiple ways, and you can never go wrong with extra storage. If you’re on the hunt for seasonal storage baskets, bins, or containers, I’ve gathered a few of the best to share with you!
All of these items are multi-functional as well, and can be used for extra blankets, throw pillows and other storage items. They also add style to your space!
Storage Basket Options
- Chicken Wire Laundry Basket (with liner)
- Seagrass & Paper Rope Baskets
- Chalkboard Wire Basket
- Seagrass Basket with Handles
- Chicken Wire Basket
- Wire Orb Baskets, set of 3
- Round Wire Copper Baskets, set of 4
- Cotton Rope Braided Basket
- Over-the-door organizer
- Fabric storage cubes
- 8-cube storage organizer