I lurve IKEA! We're a solid 5-6 hours to the closest IKEA, closer to 8 hours to the IKEA near friends so we generally combine a 'visit friends" with a "shop IKEA" long weekend. We used to live in Stoughton and now there's an IKEA there. Probably a good thing it wasn't there when we were though.
Ideas needed- the weather is turning cold. Outdoor temps are in the 40s, warming into the 50s at midday. It's nice, but soon it'll be hard core winter outerwear season. How does everyone handle the outerwear problem?
Our front door (only door) open directly into the kitchen. There are no closets or cubbies, and no real "wall space" near the door (counter top on the left as you enter, shelves behind the door on the right). Last year we hung hooks on the only available wall but it's not a good location (all the way across the ground floor, between the stairs and the bath so bulky coats get in everyone's way assuming they make it to the hooks). We need space for indoor shoes, outdoor boots, snow pants, coats, hats/gloves/scarves for a 4yo, a 2yo, the babe, Dh, and I.
How do other cold weather small house mamas cope? I see these amazing "mud room" articles in magazines and drool...