With more time spent indoors, winter is the perfect time to tackle projects around the house. From renovations you can complete in one weekend to cleaning tips for every room, Canadian Tire and Yahoo are bringing you everything you need for the season.
You painstakingly organized your entryway or mudroom, and it seems like it’s messy again within seconds. Maybe you have a front-door closet piled high with mismatched shoes, or a catch-all basket full of mittens and hats that haven’t seen the light of day in years. It’s time to take the frustration out of staying organized.
Since we tend to spend more time at home during the colder months, staying organized and mess-free is more important than ever.
Add decluttering and organizing your seasonal clothing and accessories to your 2021 resolutions, and check out some of our best tips below to make it a reality.
Use your vertical space
An easy trick to keep messes at bay in a small entryway or mud room is to take clutter off the floors by using your vertical space. Many homeowners are quick to set up shoe and clothing racks on the floor before considering using their walls. Freeing up floor space will help create a visually bigger space.
A simple set of hooks — like this CANVAS 4-Hook Weathered Walnut Rail — installed to carry coats, dog leashes, backpacks and reusable grocery bags will help keep often-used items from piling up on the ground. Put up some shelves beside your front door to make a home for small, easy-to-lose items like keys, wallets, extra change and sunglasses. If they’re by the door, you’ll never forget them again! A corner shelf is perfect for smaller items, while this Shelving Kit would be great for storing bigger pieces.
If you don’t have a ton of accessible wall space, the type A Engrained Family Coat Tree or the Langham Hall Tree by CANVAS are excellent solutions that you’ll be able to easily move around to suit your space.
Don’t neglect your closet
Closets aren’t just for hanging up jackets. If you have closet space in your entryway, make sure you’re using that space well — above and below your coats. Install shelves above your coat rod to store seasonable items, like mittens and scarves, in a part of your closet not normally used. The ClosetMaid Linen Shelf Kit, with baskets placed on top, is perfect for this. The CANVAS Nola Baskets — or these rectangular ones with a chalkboard plaque — are equal parts stylish as they are useful.
But don’t forget about the floor. If piles and piles of mismatched shoes are a problem in your household, invest in a good quality shoe organizer, like this 16-compartment one from type A. Storing this in your closet will help give all your family’s footwear a home.
Reduce visual clutter
One practice that will help in keeping messes at bay is working to reduce visual clutter by making sure everything has a home. A cube storage system, like the For Living 9-Cube Storage Shelf, is perfect for keeping things orderly. Go the extra mile by getting each family member their own fabric cubes. The CANVAS Fabric Drawer Cube will help keep like items paired together and out of sight.
These aesthetically pleasing storage units can be set up vertically or horizontally according to your space, and can even be used as dividers to map out different parts of your entryway. Use the top as you would a shelf to store other items in a catch-all, or decorate with plants and candles.
Store like items together
Wherever you decide to hang your coat, consider storing your like items in one place so you’re not frantically searching for your gloves while your dog whines at the door. In the dead of winter, you’re going to want easy access to your glove, hat and scarf, so why not store the smaller items inside your coat arm? Similarly, keep your uber-warm socks inside your boots and your sunglasses (inside their case) in your parka’s pocket.