Organizing your children’s winter gear is a task that seems as monumental as, well, that mountain of winter gear! Much like bunnies and feral kitties, mittens, scarves and hats seem to reproduce when they’re tucked away during the warmer months. Come the first snow fall, it’s a scramble to dig through the bins and find matching sets so your posh tot can build his first Olaf of the season. Don’t let a crazed closet keep your kids indoors gazing wistfully at the falling flakes while you try to find their other boot and favorite gloves. Check out our tips for organizing your children’s winter gear!
Tips for Organizing Your Children’s Winter Gear
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First of all, what belongs to who?
There are things that are adult sized kid sized in there for sure. Make piles based on who the owner is. Next, pick a pile to go through. Does it still fit? Is it old and ragged? Has it served it purpose? Can you get another year out of those gloves? Put things you no longer want, need or do not fit into a new pile.
What is left? Surely the kids need new things as they have grown out of them. Take inventory of what you have that still fits or you can get another year out of. Most likely, boots and coats won’t fall into this category, unless you can pass them down to another child. Hats, gloves and scarves may still be good though.
You can organize your items in one of two ways: by like items (mittens with mittens) or by child if you have more than one. Let’s start with by like items. You will likely have mittens/gloves, hats and scarves/neckwarmers. You can purchase a plastic, 3-drawer tower at stores like Wal-Mart or Target for little money. You can even use vintage milk crates to create your own system, like this awesome Pinterest pinner did:
Whatever method you choose, label the drawers or crates for easy access and so everyone knows what goes where. If you have things like ice skates, snow boots, ski boots and other large items, you can store these in a storage bench in the entryway. Even better, get an outdoor storage bench and stick it right outside your door.
Don’t have an entryway or maybe no space for a bench? You can use a storage bin to hold the stuff you are not going to use on a regular basis, but want easy access to for the long winter. Now let’s talk coats, shall we? Ideally, you have a nice big entryway closet to hang them in. That’s not always reality, though. You can go with a simple coat rack if you’re short on space. Got a bit more room to play with? Opt for a pretty coat rack with a bench.
If you opted for the outdoor storage bench for boots and bigger items, use this one for smaller gear, or for storing backpacks. You can also ditch the bin and store the lesser-used items inside.
Get rid of the leftovers
So what about that pile that is left over that you have no use for? You can either sell them or donate them to a family in need. When trying to sell your items- whether it be at a consignment shop or via Facebook- you want to do this when people are thinking about winter. No one is buying winter gear in summer and consignment shops typically only take in-season items.
Yes, stores start selling winter gear in August it seems, but second-hand stores don’t usually have room for extra inventory, so they stick with seasonal items IN the actual season. Keep that in mind when you’re looking for a coat in December and only find bikinis in WalMart! At least you’ll know where to find them!
Have you started organizing your winter gear? Do you have any great tips to share with our other readers? Tell us in the comments!