For many of us, the winter months come with freezing temperatures and oftentimes snow, which means thicker coats, wet boots and collections of hats, gloves and scarves.

Back in August I wrote a blog about preparing your home for back-to-school with a “get ready” center near the door. Well, that was then, and this is now. With winter approaching, you need to kick it up a notch and winterize this space to prepare for what’s to come.

With these five tips you can create a functional winter space for your home and family this season:

1. Clear out the clutter.

When you consider how much room your winter gear needs, you won’t want extra clutter taking up space. Any summer gear lingering past its needed time frame should be stored away for the winter. Make sure that you have all of your winter accessories ready and in place.  Items you should consider are umbrellas, ice scrapers, and possibly even brooms and shovels.

2. New rugs or mats for the floor

Putting new rugs and mats near the door will help protect your floors and help prevent water from being trekked throughout your home. An outdoor weather mat will be able to stand up to water, snow, sludge, mud, dirt or anything else your family’s feet might bring home with them. It’s also a good idea to place a mud tray under your boots to catch the melting snow.

3. Place a chair or bench near the door

No matter how old you are, nothing is more helpful than having a place to sit to take off your wet boots and shed the dozen of layers of apparel you’ve armored yourself with. Putting a chair in your entryway or mudroom will ensure that shoes are being put on and taken off in that designated space.

4. Provide storage

Whether it’s cubbies, baskets, drawers or (my favorite) bins, it’s extremely important to have a designated spot for gloves, hats, scarves and shoes. You will spend less time looking for the infamous lost glove if it has a home to go to everyday. These storage areas can be compiled of similar items (one bin for gloves, one for shoes, etc.), or separated for each person.

5. Hang hooks

Hooks are useful for hanging coats and backpacks, especially if the kids come home soaking wet. Hanging these items on hooks instead of inside a closed closet will provide good air circulation to help them dry faster, and provide easier access to them when its time to go.

Miss A

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