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how do you organize hats, mittens, gloves, scarves??

post #1 of 28
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hi folks,
winter is upon us!! I put a basket by the door for gloves, mittens, hats and scarves, but it is not working!! What is your secret?

Where we live, it is not cold all the time, so it is common to need a hat in the morning, and then not use it the rest of the day. SO the clips on jackets doesn't really work here.

Please spam me w/ ideas!
post #2 of 28
We have a shoe hanging bag (the kind with lots of pockets) and stick our gloves, hats, mittens, scarves, and even flip flops or other thin shoes into the pockets. Oftentimes, you can get lots of stuff into one pocket. I really like the system.
post #3 of 28
Hoping for some great ideas. I've already lost track of my favourite pair of fingerless gloves . It hasn't even been all that cold yet. I keep hoping they will turn up in the house somewhere.

I usually keep a basket at the door too. The problem is where to hang all the wet stuff as we come in. Some day I will have a proper mudroom, with a hanging/drying rack for this stuff, hooks for coats, and lots of boot trays/shoe racks.
post #4 of 28
Our laundry room is next to the door we use to enter the house. In the past I kept a basket on top our dryer. If the hats and gloves were wet we laid them on the dryer to dry before putting in the basket.

Since I now have tall front loaders there is no room for a basket so I put canvas boxes for each family member in our coat closet. The biggest problem is they are too high for the children so I need to put items away or pull them down. I'm considering putting a shelf low to the ground, underneath the coats. I can continue to dry gloves and hats in the laundry room on pegs.
post #5 of 28
since our front door opened right into our livingroom with no place for shoes, jackets ect we put in a small vintage dresser, and a wooden bench with storage inside to make a bit of a front door hallway. i have hats and mittens in the 1st drawer of the dresser, rain pants & muddy budddies ect in the second and my own scarves and things in the 3rd. inside the bench is jackets and big warm stuff, as well as a basket of boots and shoes that we don't use at this time of year. of course everyday im putting the explosion of jackets and mittens and scarves and hats away in their places, but at least there is a place and it looks tidy when i actually get to it. if nothing else i have a wicker basket beside the woodstove where things get thrown.
post #6 of 28
i try to keep a pair of mittens/gloves in the coat pockets and a hat in the hood (if there is one). likewise the scarf just sort of stay on the jacket. doesn't always work, things do get separated, but it works fairly well.
post #7 of 28
We have a dresser by the front door. Bottom drawer is for shoes, middle drawer is for season stuff (mittens/hats in the winter, swim suits and towels in the summer) and the top two, smaller drawers are for keys, wallets and I have a basket of hair ties and a brush for brushing hair on the way out the door.


I love this system. The dresser holds a mess of stuff that used to lay all over the front room.
post #8 of 28
We have a configuration of snap together wire grid cubes in our entryway. There are about 10 of them and we keep hats, gloves, shoes, boots, reusable bags, dog walking supplies, sporting goods like bike helmet, yoga mat etc. in them. Some stuff is rotated seasonally, so that I don't have to dig through the swimming stuff to get to the winter hats. I park my purses there and we have 3 hanging coat racks for outerwear too.
post #9 of 28
I used to do the basket with a jumble of stuff in it, but last year I finally got frustrated enough to find a different solution. I would up hanging 4 lines of twine on the inside of my coat closet door, going across (like a clothesline) And then put 6 clothespins on each line, labelled with someone's name. There's more than enough room for all of our winter stuff, even those of us (ahem, me!) who have multiple hats and gloves/mittens. When they go to hang up coats, they hang hat on one clothespin, mittens on another (together) and scarf on another. It works great! No clutter on the floor or digging through a basket, and being hung up allows them to dry faster if they're damp. And it cost me nothing since I already have tons of clothespin and twine!
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by zech13_9_goforgold View Post
We have a shoe hanging bag (the kind with lots of pockets) and stick our gloves, hats, mittens, scarves, and even flip flops or other thin shoes into the pockets. Oftentimes, you can get lots of stuff into one pocket. I really like the system.
I saw that idea on the TODAY show not too long. It makes total sense and is a HUGE space saver!! I may have to give it a try myself!
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by Knittin' in the Shade View Post
I used to do the basket with a jumble of stuff in it, but last year I finally got frustrated enough to find a different solution. I would up hanging 4 lines of twine on the inside of my coat closet door, going across (like a clothesline) And then put 6 clothespins on each line, labelled with someone's name. There's more than enough room for all of our winter stuff, even those of us (ahem, me!) who have multiple hats and gloves/mittens. When they go to hang up coats, they hang hat on one clothespin, mittens on another (together) and scarf on another. It works great! No clutter on the floor or digging through a basket, and being hung up allows them to dry faster if they're damp. And it cost me nothing since I already have tons of clothespin and twine!
love this!! i have no closet but it would be an especially nice way to display home knit stuff!!
post #12 of 28
Totebag hung on the door that has the over the door coat rack. I've found they stay inside a totebag more easily than a basket.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by zech13_9_goforgold View Post
We have a shoe hanging bag (the kind with lots of pockets) and stick our gloves, hats, mittens, scarves, and even flip flops or other thin shoes into the pockets. Oftentimes, you can get lots of stuff into one pocket. I really like the system.
We do this too - I think it works for us b/c we have a closet in the entryway of our house, and I have it hung on that door. I've seen them mounted on walls, though.

Anywhoo, I use painter's tape and a sharpie to make labels for each of the pockets - "C's hat," "C's gloves," "R's hat," "R's gloves" etc. I also have pockets for sunscreen, insect repellent, swimming goggles, sunglasses, dog leashes, bike gloves and headlights - basically anything we'd want to grab on the way out of the door. The labels help me track down missing items b/c I can see what should be there.

Holly
post #14 of 28
Love the shoe bag idea... we've been using an old Ikea 3-bin wall rack. It's like 3 cloth rectangular bins that actually hold folders and notebooks pretty well, but we put scarves in on, mittens in another and hats in the third.

Of course, there's only been 3 of us up until this year and I've culled the stuff we don't really use... so it's been working fine.
post #15 of 28
We just use a bin. Jackets and scarves get hung up. Everybody has 2 pairs of mittens/gloves that go in the bin.
post #16 of 28
We use a shoe bag as well. In fact, all the kids' rooms have one on both the front and the back of the closet doors, not for shoes but for small toys. The one inside the front closet holds our gloves/scarves/hats. At least, it will in another month or two when fall finally hits.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Ruthiegirl View Post
We have a dresser by the front door. Bottom drawer is for shoes, middle drawer is for season stuff (mittens/hats in the winter, swim suits and towels in the summer) and the top two, smaller drawers are for keys, wallets and I have a basket of hair ties and a brush for brushing hair on the way out the door.


I love this system. The dresser holds a mess of stuff that used to lay all over the front room.
I love this idea! We would have room for a dresser in our entryway, and it would be great to get all the shoes out of sight too. Hmm, got me thinking.
post #18 of 28
We have a small closet when you walk in the front door so I bought a 4 drawer plastic rolling cart "thing" and put it in there. Each member of the family has a drawer and hats, mittens etc. go in there. I periodically go through the drawer and remove things that have no match or that are outgrown.
post #19 of 28
I really like the entry way baskets that SouleMama uses.
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by zech13_9_goforgold View Post
We have a shoe hanging bag (the kind with lots of pockets) and stick our gloves, hats, mittens, scarves, and even flip flops or other thin shoes into the pockets. Oftentimes, you can get lots of stuff into one pocket. I really like the system.
I use something like this - but mine is mesh with slightly smaller pockets and it's half-sized rather than full door sized. It works well for us. Anything wet dries well enough in the mesh, but we don't have a ton of snow here. I just rotated out the sunscreen and insect repellant for hats and mittens. I hadn't thought about shoving flipflops in there, but that's an idea.
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