WFMW: Managing Mitten Mess

Tuesday January 13, 2009
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We have a small cabinet in our mudroom that contains, among other things, our winter accessories, such as hats and gloves.

I had been keeping these items in bins – and this works fine when they are out of season.

However, when winter weather rolls around and my kids go looking for gloves, the mud room begins to look like this:

And that makes me crazy.   So, I decided to make some kind of mitten tree.  I wasn’t sure what I had in mind when I started, but it turned out super easy.  Here’s what I figured out:

#1 Find some old ribbon – I found wide a roll of wide christmas ribbon with wire edges.

#2 Cut two small pieces of cardboard to be as wide as the ribbon and wrap the ribbon around it one end of it several times.

#3 Measure out the length of the ribbon, allowing for extra to wrap around the bottom piece of cardboard (it’s all very imprecise).

#3 Staple gun your ribbon (through the cardboard) to the top and bottom of your surface — I used the inside of the doors to our cabinet.

#4 Get some old wooden clothespins (I couldn’t find any, so I picked up plastic clips at Tar-jay).

#5 Attach all your gloves — we put boys on one side and girls on the other.

Voila!

<-Boys : Girls ->

One things I love about this approach is that even if we find orphans – we still pin them up and they are found and matched much more quickly.

My three year old can’t quite manage the clips himself, but he tries and will bring his mittens to me to help him clip them on, which is a big improvement over leaving them on the floor.

This was incredibly easy and a great mess management for our mudroom.

This post inspired by the  Works for Me Wednesday series held at Rocks In My Dryer.

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4 Responses to WFMW: Managing Mitten Mess

  1. 1

    Very clever and easy. thanks for sharing. =)

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    GiBee says:

    Clever idea! I keep mine in a bin, but then the bin needs to be dumped out whenever my 3 yr old wants to get his gloves! I can see how this would be quite useful!

  3. 3

    This is a great solution! I live in the South where we can count on one hand the days we need mittens, but I have traveled with my children to colder climates and man do I feel sorry for Northern moms! It is a ton of work keeping up with the extra gear of mittens, hats, goggles, extra layers of clothes. I spent the entire trip looking for the lost mitten or hat! Not to mention, I am doing good to get all 3 of my little ones dressed in one layer of clothes much less 3 layers a piece! I am so thankful for my 60 degree January weather!

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