As soon as the cold weather hits, people start thinking about how to organize their winter gear – skis, snowshoes, fat bikes, and all of the clothing that goes with the sport: gloves, mittens, light coats, heavy coats, boots, etc. It’s not just the problem of keeping everything looking neat and clean, but making sure that those pairs of mittens and gloves stay together.
Here are 7 tips for organizing your winter gear.
1. Designate storage bins for similar items.
“A place for everything, and everything in its place” is an old but good piece of advice. When gloves are taken off and just tossed into a corner, there’s a chance that one of them will disappear. If the gloves are stuffed into the pockets of a light jacket, of which you have many, they’ll have to be searched for if you want to wear a different color light jacket or a heavier jacket.
The solution is to store like equipment in a single storage bins. Store the storage bins (here are dozens of examples) in an area of your home that is easily accessible and won’t add visible clutter.
2. Use a shoe organizer as a hat and gloves organizer.
If you’ve got a lot of family members, or a lot of different hats and pairs of gloves and mittens, an over the door plastic shoe organizer can be turned to good use. Make sure you purchase one made of clear plastic so you’ll be able to see what’s in each slot and choose accordingly.
3. Put boots in a drip tray.
After coming in from the slush or snow, boots or shoes can drip melting snow and ice onto the floor, and if they’re jumbled together they just look messy. The solution is to purchase a long plastic tray and fill it full of flat rocks, or latticed woodwork. The snow drips into the tray, and the boots look neat and organized.
4. Create an upside down boot rack.
Another solution for keeping boots organized, and the floor beneath them dry, is to put together a rack with foot-long, thick poles sticking upward from a bottom mount. Turn your boots over and put them on these poles, which allows any snow or ice on the soles of the boots to dry quickly.
5. Jacket Rack.
Placing a lot of heavy winter jackets and coats on a coat rack makes them unwieldy and difficult to access. Purchase a plank of wood of the desired quality (unfinished wood would work in a back hallway, a gleaming hardwood plank if it’s to be in the front entryway) screw several hooks into the plank at regular intervals, and affix to a wall at an appropriate height.
Beneath the jacket rack, consider placing a long bench which can also double as a boot rack. Purchase the planks of wood of desired quality and screw them together. Boots can go on the bottom plank, while the top plank can serve as a bench.
6. Ski Rack
The same principle applies to storing skis properly. Leaning them into a corner looks messy. If one specific pair is desired, all the other skis can get in the way.
The solution is to hang the skis vertically on the walls as well, using hooks mounted into 2 by 4s affixed to the walls.
7. Snow Board Shelves
Snow boards can be leaned against walls, but they don’t look organized that way and could potentially cause tripping or other problems. They can’t be hung up using hooks, of course. Build a series of shelves using wood, or invest in metal storage shelves.
The right shelves, hooks and bins keep your garage or interior hallways organized by giving the people in your home “a place for everything, and everything in its place.”