One of the biggest contributors to clutter in our homes during the cooler seasons are all of the winter accessories. I am talking coats, jackets, scarves, beanies and gloves. Here are some simple ideas to help you manage these items.
Easy storage options
Baskets, hooks, coat hangers and over the door organisers are all cheap and effective storage options. You probably already have something in your home that would do the trick, so shop your home first before you go buy new.
Create 'homes' for them, even if it's temporary
Store these items in a location that makes sense for their use. E.g. placing a basket by the front door, that way you are putting them away when you first walk in the door. Creating homes also means that you know exactly where to return items to if you do find them elsewhere in the house.
Utilising vertical space is a great way to instantly create more room in your home. If you don’t like visual clutter the back of a door is a great place to use. It is easy to access but is out of the way.
Coat hanger trick
This is by far one of my favourite ways to store scarves in my wardrobe. I simply tie them over a coat hanger. This means that when I go looking for a scarf everything is really visible and I know exactly what I have.
Source: Organised by Sally
Re-access your collection
I couldn’t write an organising post without mentioning decluttering in some way. It really does help to identify if you still like an item and it actually works for you. An easy way to do this is to turn all of your coat hangers around the wrong way. At the end of the season you can see what you haven’t used. I’ll give you a nudge in the September-October issue to see what you haven’t used.
If it doesn’t let it go. There are plenty of people out there who could benefit from items you no longer want.