Monday, 23 January 2012

Honey I'm Home

Every home has one, the first place you hit when you enter the house and most likely, if you have kids, the place where everything gets torn off and flung. Same goes here. I was asked how I go about storing my seasonal wear, and since we are at the tail end of organization month (hope you picked up a few tips or at least enjoyed the read;)) it's a perfect blog post. At our house we are currently set up for Winter. It is cold here at the moment but we have been VERY spoiled this year with the lack of snow. Don't get me wrong, I am most likely one of the biggest fans of Winter, but I do have to admit, I have enjoyed not having to lug our crew through the snow as much this year. It has been cold though and we have had to suit up in full gear everyone so often. There are a few key MUST'S to keeping your front entrance as tidy as possible without having to work to hard at it.

First MUST is a bench or seat to sit on for boots & snow pants. We are fortunate enough to have a long front hall and we had enough room to put a church pew here. Again, I went to kijiji and hunted until I found one. It was a steal!

Second MUST is a place to throw your coats. We have a front hall closet, but it is at the opposite end of the hall, not practical. So we hung up some hooks and placed a cabinet for keys, sunscreen, sunglasses or whatever.

Third MUST is a place for the kids. We have placed lower hooks for the coats, snow pants and book bags. This is located right in front of our garage entry, which is our main entrance during the week with all the kidlets. We also have a shorter storage ottoman to sit on and to hold our extra hats & mitts (see picture below). We also have an open bin that is for our regular use hats & mitts, no work required they just get dropped in the bin. 

So what do we do when Spring comes around?? Our coats get switched from the hooks and go into the closet and our Spring coats come out. We switch over our hats & mitts for Spring ones. I place the ones that will still fit next year in the front closet, in a bin labeled 'Winter Wear'. All the excess stuff goes to charity (Goodwill) and the stuff we are keeping for the future goes into large bins in the basement labeled with size & gender. I use my small labels as seen in the side photo, but Jen from IHeart Organizing shared large bin labels which I LOVE. Check them out here. Once I hit the basement to reorganize my totes, I'm adopting this idea. Thanks Jen! I think that about covers our front hall and seasonal organizing. As always, happy organizing!

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  1. And once again, I feel so unorganized after reading this LOL. I have a system, but I would LOVE a long hallway where I could put a bench. My entrances are not big and I struggle with the whole "where to put coats" issue. Love the church pew!! :)

    1. Thanks Brandi! You are welcome to inbox me a pic of your front hall and I can see what I can come up with. I'll send you my address.

  2. I adore the bench with the picture over it. The color of the wall is amazing. I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you left a comment. Returning the favour and off to check you out. I'll poke around a bit later, your tap is open on my desktop waiting for me. The kidlets are about to get up from nap ;)

  3. I think I need that bench!! Great ideas. Makes me want a mud room! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  4. That was great Shantalle! I have been wanting to get a bench for our entryway for awhile now but haven't found the perfect one yet. Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

    1. I had to scout this one out for awhile. The wait was worth it though. Good luck in your hunt, it's the best part really ;) Thanks!