The Current Solution:
We built a new entry and have a wonderful coat closet there but it has sliding doors. We currently have a couple of baskets - one for gloves and mittens and one for hats on a low shelf in the closet. Neat and out of site. We never use it. The gloves get left on the boot bench.
The Closet Door Solution:
My previous coat closet was in an inconvenient location but it did have a swing door. I attached rows of grosgrain ribbon with a staple gun, added clothes pins and we had storage for many gloves and hats.
This system was a wonderful solution for years. One of the benefits was wet accessories would dry while hanging there. In reality the kids never put their mittens on it but I would and things would be tidy. I would use this system again if the location were right but the closet has been repurposed as a tool closet. I do recommend it for those that have a swing door. It has been the system that stored the most in a way that was easy to see. It was also very inexpensive to implement.
The Cute House Solution:
Years ago one of my collections was little houses and I purchased this one at the Christmas Tree Shop. I don't think it cost more than $20. You know the ditty - "Everyone loves a bargain!". The door opens and gloves and mittens live inside.
It just doesn't have enough space and I have outgrown both its size and its cutesy exterior. So my design challenge is a new solution to the mittens, gloves and hats dilemma. I'll keep you posted on my progress and appreciate any ideas. I am leaning toward funky, DIY, and colorful.
Idea collection begins:
I was inspired by the post on Apartment Therapy today about creative storage solutions. I especially liked the circular shelf unit from the DYI book Home from the Hardware Store. The comments indicated many people want a solution that hides the clutter, not organizes it in the open. My years of experience with mitten mountains makes me agree. But I may very well use this idea for a different display. And I think I might buy the book.