Since the front door of our home opens directly into the main living room, I am always trying to think of new ways to hide all of the outdoor essentials. In winter, even more so with extra boots, snow pants, gloves, hats, scarves, etc. As a family of four, it has getting tricky, but I have managed to make it work the best we can.
One of the first things I had my husband do when we moved in, was to add a coat rack to the small wall behind our front door. It has been great for keeping coats accessible without taking up much space. I move out non-seasonal items and strive to only keep the ones that we use most frequently here. Otherwise it looks cluttered and makes it harder to search through when we are in a hurry (which is often in the those early mornings!). The remainder goes upstairs in our closets or in bins stored away until the proper season.
Click here if you want to see it as it was when we bought this home and the first time I revealed it a few years ago. It has changed a bit since then as my style has evolved, and I seek more simplicity in our home.
This year, we added an inexpensive boot tray from Lowe's (similar to this one - affiliate link*) which has helped with keeping wet/snowy/muddy shoes and boots in one spot. Owen thinks it looks like the shape of a Sour Patch Kid so he thinks it's pretty great ;) There are lots of "fancier" ones, of course, but this works for us.
This "coat rack" is really just a salvaged piece of wood from my mother's house. My husband secured it to the wall with screws and we added some hooks (similar to these - affiliate link*) from Target.
So that takes care of our coats, bags, purses and boots...but what about all of the other winter gear?
Last spring, while shopping at HomeGoods with my sister, I found a tufted storage ottoman. It seemed, at the time, like a great investment for our living room, and while the $150 price tag was a bit high for this thrift store loving girl, I decided to go for it.
I went through all of our gear, before organizing it, to pull out items that no longer fit, or that just didn't get enough use to warrant keeping. Decluttering has been a major goal for me for the past six to eight months and it has been so refreshing!
their snow pants (affiliate link*) still have the tag!).
I was able to find this almost identical ottoman for sale on Wayfair for around the same price! It may be the same but mine has no tag or maker information on it so I can't be certain, and it has less nail heads than those shown in the picture below.
Style Craft Tufted Storage Ottoman (affiliate link*)
I have rounded up some more storage ottomans for you that I found online. These are all under $200. It really is a good investment if you live in a small space or a home without large closets!
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2. Shandra Tufted Top Bench Storage Ottoman / Wayfair
3. Beige Linen Tufted Storage Bench/ Amazon
4. Rory Chevron Storage Ottoman / JC Penny
5. Safavieh Amelia Storage Ottoman - Marine / Overstock
6. Alcott Hill Storage Bench / Wayfair
7. Madison Park Luxe Ottoman / Wayfair
8. Satori Storage Ottoman / Raymour & Flanigan
Next week, I will show you how I've styled the top for winter with a new tray my mom gave to me for Christmas! Hope you will return then and this weekend for our Sundays at Home Link Party...we have an exciting announcement!
Till next time...
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