We woke up to some beautiful snow this morning here in Ohio, which means I've got three rowdy kids + 1 noisy dog who've been up making messes since 6:15 this morning! They're so excited to see the snow (it really is beautiful), but I realized our mudroom was in sore need of organizing all their winter stuff.
Even though we've lived further North than Alabama before (if you can call Kentucky North?), I've never lived where it snows with kids these ages, and goodness I've got a lot to learn! But this morning when I looked at how inefficiently our mudroom was working for us, I knew a few minutes of organizing would help so much.
I literally spent less than 15 minutes tidying things up, and decided to use the space that I had nearest our back door more efficiently. I'd been storing things in that mudroom closet that weren't used all that often, so I decided to move things around a bit and make the room just more useful for what we need it for in the winter.
Here are the before and after pics (yikes!)
Main mudroom area before . . .
And after (whew!)
Mudroom closet top shelf before . . .
(it had a bunch of reusable bags as well as our sandcastle toys – clearly we don't need those out right now in the middle of winter!)
And after . . .
It dawned on me that my kids constantly need towels to dry off their wet slow stuff as they come in the door, so keeping a stack of towels handy should help so much! (And, we also need to have my son's ski helmet closeby for the local school's weekly ski club trips – it's still so weird to live in a place where you can even have a ski club!)
Here's the before pics of the bottom of that closet (which wasn't used well at all prior to me working on it . . . )
And after . . .
So, there you have it. Fifteen minutes and just a little bit of work made a huge improvement ~ now if only I can keep things that way! If you have any looming areas to organize on your list I encourage you to take a minute and tackle them . . . I promise it won't take as long as you think and it'll feel so good when you're done!
Do you have any other tips for organizing winter clothes to make life easier? As a girl who grew up in Florida and spent the last ten years in Alabama I could sure use your suggestions ~ hoping we'll survive winter way up here! 😉
Looking for more cleaning and organizing posts? Check these out. . .
- Organize The Freezer
- Organize The Fridge
- Organize the Closets
- Organize the Linen Closet
- Organize Bathroom Drawers
- Organize One Room
- Create a Command Center
- Organize Your Coupons
- Organize the Medicine Cabinet
- Organize The Junk Drawer
- Organize One Closet
- Organize The Spice Cabinet
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Tracy Carrier-Miller says
I have an expensive folding wooden laundry rack. I put it in the bathtub with wet snow clothes until they dry
Bridget Albrecht Joos says
I use a hanging shoe organizer (the one with clear pockets) and hang it on the inside of the door. I store the hats and matching gloves together and try to keep the gloves in pairs together in a pocket. Living in central Illinois my whole life has given me a lot of practice! I like the basket idea but my boys are always looking for the other glove or the items get mixed up after a while. It is nice to have a basket to toss gloves/hats in to get them off of the floor and out of sight!