Today's project was a total reorganization of our sun porch/mud room. My system worked well enough during the summer, but I was starting to have nightmares about where I was going to store all our boots, hats, gloves, etc. This is the time for winterizing and perparing to hunker down for the winter in New York, so today I winterized the space.
Dog coats: check
Boot rack for everyday boots, rain boots, snow boots: check
Hat/glove organization: check
I got these stackable shoe racks at Sam's Club this summer, and LOVE them. For the summer (when we hardly wore shoes at all), I kept one rack in the mud room and one in our bedroom to store my winter shoes. Today I put them together for the first time, and it was easy breezy. The shelves are adjustable, too, so I was able to customize them to fit our boots.
There was already a row of hooks on this wall (for raincoats and bags in the summer), but I divided the boys' hats and gloves into their labeled backpacks and put mine and Tom's in another backpack I found lying around. I hung the dogs' coats and their leash on the last hook. Everything's easy and accessible now.
Bench for sitting on and prying off snowy boots: check
Shoe tray for drying wet, snowy boots: check
Emergency kit for car (extra hats, gloves, scarves, emergency thermal blankets): check
*Dog toy optional
Water hog mat for the doorway: check
The chaise lounge is looking sadly out of place, isn't it?