Winter Gear Storage: Easy DIY on a Budget with Endless Possibilities

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Are you looking for winter gear storage?  We have our coats hanging in the laundry room entryway but our hats, gloves, and scarves … were a mess!  Here is an easy and inexpensive way I created winter gear storage.

I bought 4 garbage cans from Dollar Tree (one for each family member).

I added chalkboard labels to each trashcan.  Any label would work, I just liked these and I found them at Dollar Tree as well.

I put each person’s name on the label.

I placed each individual’s hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, etc in their bin.

I placed Command Hooks on the wall above our coat hanging rack and above each person’s coat.  I used Command hooks as I wasn’t sure this system was going to work so I wanted to start with something temporary.

I hung each basket up on the hooks above their jackets.  I was a little worried that they would fall off but they don’t, they stay on quite nicely.

Here we are a year later and I'm still using them, the command hooks have been great so I haven't changed them.

Here we are a year later and I’m still using them, the command hooks have been great so I haven’t changed them.

This easy winter gear storage system has worked well for us for several years now.  Are you ready for your own winter gear storage?

This easy winter gear storage system has worked well for us for several years now. Are you ready for your own winter gear storage?

You can use this same concept and store other things in the trash cans. Here are some ideas

  • toys
  • books
  • cleaning supplies
  • homework supplies
  • art and craft supplies
  • plants

To make room for all of your winter gear try doing some of the following winter gear storage ideas:

  • Find a different storage space for off-season coast to give your more room.
  • Use door shoe organizers to help gain space for other winter items like winter hats
  • Find a great storage solution for your shelves like using plastic storage bins, cardboard boxes, etc
  • Hang outfits together so put your snow pants and winter coats on the same hanger.
  • Have a place for wet boots and when they dry put those winter boots and snow boots on a shelf.
  • Put your winter wardrobe in a garment bag and hang that snow gear in another closet until next year. If you don’t have a garment bag you can use kitchen trash plastic bags and tip them upside down to cover the cold-winter clothing.
  • Get plastic bins, and storage containers that stack if you don’t have enough closet space. You can store that cold-weather clothing in the basement until next season.
  • Rent a storage unit or build a shed for your winter accessories like ice skates, sleds, skis, ski boots, hockey sticks, winter sports equipment etc
  • Use a shoe rack at the bottom of your closet for extra storage space.
  • Use command hooks, double hooks, and heavy-duty hooks for extra things like coat hooks.
  • Designate a drop zone for kids’ winter gear. This will stop the snow melt from tracking in when they enter the back door.
  • Get creative and store some of your small items in empty luggage.
  • My mom taught me this great solution, place everyone’s mittens or gloves in their hat, and then put the hat in the sleeve. Put the snow pants on the hanger, and then put the coat over that. It really helps with your storage area if you can compact things.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Clever and CUTE! πŸ™‚ Happy weekend, Chas!

    Hugs! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

    1. Thank you Stephanie πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well! Hugs back

  2. Wow! What a great idea! That would have been so helpful when I had 3 kids at home. Their hats, scarves & mittens were always a mess!

    1. Thank you Linda, I got so tired of picking everything up all the time. Now they’re old enough too that everyone can reach their own!

    1. Thank you Michelle, & yes I do love them! I have them in so many places πŸ™‚ I’ll see you at the next link party

  3. Great ideas, my daughter is looking for mud room ideas, so I will pass your blog address to her.

    You are most welcome to drop by with your favorite beverage & tasty treat for a quiet time of reflection.

    1. Thank you Jennifer, I appreciate you passing my post along to your daughter. Thanks for the invite to stop by, I’m looking forward to it.

  4. Great Idea! This would be great for us, I just need to find a place to do it.

    1. Thank you Crystal and I’m so pleased the idea will work for you too!

    1. Thanks Tamar, I have done that too aren’t shoe organizers great!

  5. Latane Barton says:

    What a great idea. You are so clever!

  6. I just bought one of these garbage cans the other day. But your idea is really clever, it is large enough to fit all that stuff which usually ends up all over the place.

    1. Thank you Mary, it has really helped to to be a bit more organized πŸ™‚

  7. I really like this idea for both of my girls to use with their kids! What did you attach to the baskets to be able to hang them?

    1. Thank you Susan, if you look at about the 6th picture you’ll see the Command Hooks I used to hang them. The basket’s lip is what hooks onto the hooks. There is also a direct link to the command hooks if you click on the highlighted word if it helps.

  8. Such a great idea. I try new things every year and haven’t found a great solution. Maybe I’ll try this. Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma’s House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Wednesday Link Party! Have a great week and join us again!

    1. Thank you and I’m flattered this idea might have inspired you πŸ™‚

  9. I love this idea for storing Winter gear. I’m sharing it with my daughter who has 4 children – it will be perfect for her!. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank Amy, and this concept would work great for other things like toys as well πŸ˜‰

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