|Storage shelves used to hold all seasonal gear.|
|Off-season gear is stowed in bins above wall cabinets|
Seasonal sports/outdoor equipment and larger, bulky things are stored in our garage. The seasonal accessories that I need to store in my entryway includes the following:
- Cold Weather Stuff: Hats, mittens, scarves
- Hot Weather Stuff: Swim suits, beach towels, bags, sunscreen, bug spray, goggles.
Finding a Storage Solution:
I needed a storage solution that only took up half of the closet, so as to not crowd the jackets. Becasue I could not shorten the existing plastic shelving, I placed two shelves above the existing wire mesh shelf (to extend vertical storage) and tossed the rest of the shelves in the garbage.
After taking careful measurements, I knew to look for a solution around 2' x 4' in size. No heavy construction needed to solve this storage issue! I ended up choosing a 6-cube organizer at a favorite store. Once assembled, I filled it with six of my lined storage bins and topped it with a stackable plastic storage drawer. Half of the storage bins hold seasonal stuff. The others hold rags, tennis towels, and pet supplies.
|6-cube organizer replaces shelves.|
|Bench serves as off-season storage for beach towels.|
After a few days, I re-evaluated the organizer placement. I decided to give the jackets more breathing room, and allow for expansion, by flipping the organizer on its side. The measurements showed it should fit. But, because it was not flexible, I had to disassemble it and reassemble it in the closet. Really? This was not hard, but it sure was awkward.
|Organizer placed, coats hung, seasonal gear switched. Phew.|
|Back entryway clutter officially contained!|