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Before and After: Taming Winter Gear Without Spending a Penny

Amanda Soule, the author, crafter, and mama behind SouleMama, recently shared a no-cost fix she made to her home's entry space. With four kids in a Maine farmhouse that's mid-renovation, Amanda initially asked her kids and husband to take off Winter layers and boots in the barn, which they enter before heading into the kitchen.

This solution, Amanda notes, worked great until it started to get really cold out. She writes, "I found myself staring in the face of a shivering toddler, telling him that he needed to take his boots and jacket off in the barn (where it was as cold as outside) and then come inside. I realized just how ridiculous I sounded as I heard the words coming out of my mouth. And? I didn't want to do it myself, either."

Not wanting her kitchen entry area to look like this photo all Winter long, Amanda challenged herself to come up with a solution to the piles of coats and boots that littered her entry.

See how Amanda created a cozy and organized corner without spending a cent!

Amanda repainted a bench she found in the barn, and also added adult- and kid-height coat racks by painting boards white and securing antique wall hooks to its length. (One advantage of living on a farm is finding treasure troves of old tools and hardware.) A few baskets, a boot rug, and a Nikki McClure poster created order where there was chaos. You can check out some more in mid-process photos here.

Have you constructed a similar spot in your home this Winter? Were you able to repurpose pieces you already owned for the area? Tell me about your innovations in the comments!



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