The best tips to organize your home for winter

Ah, winter. What is not to love about this magical, snowy season? OK, I’m obviously kidding, unless you are an avid skier or snowboarder, or you make your living plowing driveways, chances are you’re not exactly looking forward to the cold, sleet and snow. 

The coats, snowsuits, boots and hats can be especially challenging if you have an entryway that is on the small side. But there are a number of organizing tricks we can implement to help maximize that space that you have to work with.

Don’t fight your instincts

Try to find organizing solutions that work for you and your family. Since having hooks on the door is such a great use of space why not go for broke and install a second row of hooks at a level where the kids can hang up their own coats? Less stuff to hang in the closet and they can do it themselves. Double win!

The same principle applies to the bags and backpacks that keep getting thrown on the bench or the floor. Try to work within people’s natural tendencies and create a ‘Drop Zone’. The goal is to have one place to put all the stuff that would otherwise land on the floor.

Think Vertical

Using the vertical space in a given room is a great way to increase your storage space. This is especially true in the entryway.  Think about putting a row of well-installed hooks on the wall for all the bags and backpacks that might otherwise hit the ground.

Have Defined Spaces

Try to think of defined spaces for your things in the same way that directions help us to get from point A to point B. When a path is clear, it is easy to follow. 

Invest In Good Hangers

Okay, so "by invest" I really mean spend $50 to $75. Not really much of an investment when you think about it to increase the space in your closet. 

Nice slimline hangers take up way less space in your closet, which means you have more room.  Plus, it looks really pretty and uniform when all of the hangers match.

Declutter the space

Even if you have already gone through the coats and boots and shoes and you’re only keeping what you really need and use, chances are there is room for improvement. 

My last suggestion if you are dealing with a smaller space is to swap out seasonal items. Try to keep only what you are currently using in the front closet and find another spot for the off-season stuff.  If space is a big issue you can use vacuum bags or bins (or even vacuum bags in bins!) to store it until you are ready for the next seasonal swap!

Good luck and Happy Organizing!

Do you have an organizing question that you want a Professional Organizer to help you with? Email Allison at allisontheorganizer@gmail.com. We may feature your question in an upcoming post!

As a Professional Organizer and owner of Everything In Place, Allison Weigensberg has a passion for a minimalistic approach to organization and decluttering. She loves to share the tips and tricks she has implemented in her own life, with her clients and Suburban readers.

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