Storing Hats & Scarves Without a Mudroom

by Landis Carey on October 11, 2011

Last Friday was a special event that I dream about for months; it was the Far Hills Rummage Sale. It’s a day when you wake up early and head out to hunt great bargains on fabric, clothing, décor, furniture and so much more. The event is set up in an empty field in an area of New Jersey where charm and rolling hills only give way to small farms and quaint towns.

It was here that I found our latest addition, a four-drawer, 42-inch tall dresser that’s now sitting in our living room. It was $65 and, since we don’t have a mud room or sizable coat closet, it will hold scarves, hats and other winter wears that often end up lost or missing their mate. It seemed the least expensive way to properly organize after last year’s failed idea to store everything in an oversized basket where scarves snagged and gloves separated.

While we don’t have enough scarves, hats and gloves to fill this entire chest, it gives us a little flexibility to perhaps store a blanket or two for those chilly winter evenings spent curled up on the couch with a movie.

Tell me, friends, where do you store your winter wears?

(Image: Landis Carey)

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Courtney October 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

This is such a great idea! I use an old 1940s dressform that’s right next to my front door for my scarves. The scarves I use most often are draped on the dress form, the rest are folded up on the bench behind my sofa along with all the cute hats I rarely ever get to use (winter hats are never really needed here in Charleston, with our 50 degree winters).


SOS October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

In North Central Florida, believe it or not, we can get some very cold winter days (particularly after a very hot summer, which we had), so I keep my neck scarves and some gloves/mittens in an old re-done console painted drab black, on which our flat screen bedroom television sits. It is perfect. I like your $65 wonder find! It looks just like a bureau from my twin brother’s bedroom when we were kids.


Alissa October 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm

We use a canvas shoe organizer hanging on the back of our basement door in our 1920s home. We don’t have any closets downstairs at all for coats or anything.

It’s funny, I was at the Far Hills Rummage Sale too on Friday morning! Your new dresser is lovely! My sister and I got in line at the furniture tent at 8:30am in anticipation of the opening at 9:30. I found some good deals, including a $6 small marble top table.


Kayla @ Exquisite Banana October 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

what an amazing find! probably my favorite tone of wood.


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