As we were drawing the house plans of our dreams around 7 years ago, we thought we had included every single thing we would ever need. Well, the reality was, we didn’t have kids at that time. Little to my knowledge, one day backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, little muddy shoes, etc. would overtake every countertop, corner & stairway of my house. All simply because we never thought to include a mudroom/drop off storage area for all these types of items. All was well with the organization for a few years, but then two little boys, or Wolf cubs as I like to call them, joined The Pack. I quickly came to the realization that I completely missed the boat by not thinking to include an area like this in our home. I managed to deal like any sane person would a for a while…then preschool, kindergarten & extracurricular activities hit! Piles began to accumulate all over the house. Staircases were always blocked with shoes & backpacks. Counter tops were covered with papers. Laundry room was full of coats, hats & gloves! If you know me at all, I’m sure you can imagine the anxiety that was quickly building! Haha! Like, large, copious amounts of clutter anxiety! I’m having flashbacks now just reliving it all! I had to get creative fast to find a solution for such an anxiety inducing problem. Fortunately, we have a coat closet that was not being used to occupy coats that we were actually wearing. It was stuffed full of ski clothes. And also crammed full of old coats & household items that needed to be donated. So…I packed up all the ski clothes in plastic bins & took them to the attic, then I took the rest if the clutter to be donated. Once the closet was completely clear, I went to work making it a backpack, shoe & coat station & the rest is history. Check out these before & after photos from start to finish! BEFORE: (yes, the organizer had a closet that looked like this…well, the truth’s finally out…I really am human. Shocking, I know) 😉
And although I may be human, I do still posses Super Natural Organizing Powers. So I flew in like Wonder Woman & saved the day (or should I say saved my SANITY). New backpack, shoe & coat station complete! Check out the AFTER photos:
Not only does this house shoes, coats & backpacks…it also has some added containers that hold the kid’s iPad accessories, sunscreen, sunglasses & their sports wrist & head bands, of course! Important items never to be lost again. If you keep going up, you’ll find the top row of containers that hold the adult hats, scarves & gloves.
I wanted the kids to be able to hang up their own coats, so I added command hooks on each side of the wall at a lower level so they can reach the hanger & start hanging up their own coats! Not only did this closet solve my clutter problems, but it serves as a fantastic way to teach those little Wolf cubs the crucial life lessons of responsibility. RULES OF THE CLOSET: 1. Unpack your backpack…hang it up 2. Take off your coat…hang it up 3. Take off your shoes…put them it your cubby. That closet & those 3 rules has been a complete GAME CHANGER in our house. It only took about a week of practice for them &…well, several “crazy eye” stare downs from me when things were dropped on the floor, to develop their new habit of depositing their belonging at their new drop off stations. If you’re wondering about the cost of adding these inserts & containers to the closet…less than $150.00. Boom. 👊 I’m going to go ahead & give myself a round of applause for that. Functional storage solutions do not have to be expensive. 👏👏👏👏👏👏😄