When winter comes knocking, we know the residents of our Chicago, IL apartments will have an extra layer or two of clothes on hand to keep the biting temperatures at bay. Although every added layer is something that can take up space, we've found a few storage hacks to help you make the most of your place.
1. Colorful Coat Knobs
Winter hats, umbrellas, and coats have a habit of eating up essential storage space, but they don't have to! Don't think you have to have a drill in your hand to make colorful coat knobs come to life. A few peel-and-stick hooks can easily transform a blank wall into a beautiful utilitarian canvas.
2. Crocheted Hanging Baskets
If you want a homier feel without paying a ridiculous amount of money, check out Etsy. If you look hard enough, you'll find dozens of stunning baskets that are perfect for stowing away all your extra winter stuff out of plain sight. Hanging baskets are great because they enable you to utilize precious vertical space so stuff's not all over your floor.
3. Over-the-Door Shoe Racks
Speaking of optimizing vertical space, don't forget to use the backs of your doors to keep hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves within quick reach without causing a wintery cluster at the front door. Over-the-door shoe racks are awesome for tons of different organizational needs, and when winter comes around, you'll be hard pressed to find a more efficient way to store your cold-weather essentials.
4. Collapsible Hangers
You'll be amazed at the amount of space collapsible hangers can give you. Since winter coats and sweaters tend to be a lot bulkier than summer clothes, collapsible hangers are the perfect solution for ensuring everything has a place within your closet. They're great in hall closets and bedroom closets, alike.
5. Wine-Rack Scarf Storage
Nobody said winter storage should take away from your apartment's aesthetic appeal. Convert a wine rack into a stunning scarf storage station so you'll have easy access to your accessories while simultaneously creating an interesting conversation piece.