Getting Organized ~ Winter Hats and Gloves

The start of a new year for me is the perfect time to begin getting my house organized. Now don't get me wrong...I am not a very organized person by nature, but there is a wonderful feeling I do get when I clean out my closets, cabinets and draws of unwanted clutter like items which are missing parts or haven't been looked at or touched in the last 12 months.

Once I get myself to the point where I have uncluttered my storage areas I like to try to reorganize them. And I am always looking for creative ways to store things, especially in smaller tight spaces such as our laundry/mud room. A couple years ago I came up with this idea for organizing all of our hats and gloves so they are easy to access for both the kiddies and the grown-ups. 

I purchased one of those over-the-door shoe holders from Walmart...you can get them in canvas or in clear and opaque plastic.

They cost anywhere from $11.99 to $19.99 depending on the material and number of pockets.

I put sets of gloves in the bottom 4 rows of pockets and hats were tucked into the pockets at the top. This way everyone has a spot for his or her gloves and hats, and the space on top of the dryer where in the past I had kept a basket of these winter items, is now clear of a regular mess. It also helps to cut down on time spent rooting around looking for a match to each glove.

For more great storage and design ideas for smaller spaces check out this super post over at Build Direct Blog. The folks over at BDB put together 45 design ideas for small apartments from different bloggers across the blogosphere. But no matter what size your home is, who couldn't use more practical ways of utilizing its space and ingenious ideas for creating more storage?

Wishing you a great start to your week!

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  1. Hello, I'm visiting from Diann's Thrifty Groove link up party.
    Great storage idea for winter gloves and hat, I've got one of those baskets on top of my clothes dryer filled with old dish towels, oven mitts, have no idea what's in the bottom, ha ha.
    Happy New Year 2014!
    I liked your blog post welcoming 2014, and the end about the Beverly Hillbillies gran and grandpa waving from the front porch, Ellie May's saying, " Y'all Come back now, hear"!

  2. Holy Cow, Barbara. That is one of those head-slappers-like "why didn't I think of that". What a perfect solution to the mess of mis-matched mittens in the basket. Love it and I am going to pass this along to my daughter. xo Diana ps-Love the tribute to your Mom AND your blog header looks great..

  3. This is a really great idea for the winter stuff that gets separated. I find these shoe bags to be perfect for lots of things. The clear plastic ones are perfect for the teenagers closet to hold jewelry and hair thingies. And I thought of putting one in my linen closet to hold medicine, first aid things, soap and shampoo, etc., and stuff I keep in an overflowing basket.

    Funny, I just de-cluttered and organized in the fall and I'm ready to do it all over again! Nothing stays perfect!


  4. Oh wow Barbara you’re so clever and smart. I wish I had more room in the closet. Instead I use 3 clear plastic containers for the hats, gloves and scarves.

  5. I lost my first comment. But as I was saying, please let me know if you have a clever way to organize necklaces and bracelets. They are on my dresser and taking up too much space. Want them easy to get to but out of the way!!! ;-(


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