Winter gear is a nightmare to organize. It’s all fun and games before the snow starts, but then you get one fluffy inch and your floors are covered in puddles, mud, and salt. It’s beginning to look a lot like a big mess, right? The mess of snow can take all the joy out of a cozy season, but there are still ways to stay organized, minimize the clutter, and keep a clean entryway. We’ve gathered our favorite tips to organize winter gear.

Create a storage center.

Not every home has a mudroom, but if you do, take advantage of this handy space to organize winter gear. Benches can be easily fit to size and installed, providing a place to kick off snowy gear with storage above and underneath. If you don’t have a mudroom, an entryway, a nearby closet, or garage can all work as well. Even a clothing rack can work in a pinch, because the winter season is temporary. The goal is just to have a place where everything goes and to hopefully minimize the mess.

Invest in drip trays.

Drip drays are genius for messy footwear, catching all the dirt and grime without leaving a puddle on your floor. Once the boots are dry the trays can be easily removed and cleaned, ready for the next storm.

Try a boot rack.

If drip trays aren’t doing the job at containing the mess, or if you don’t have the space, you can easily create a DIY boot rack that can be stored indoors or outdoors. The boots are stored upside-down to improve how they dry, and they are still an awesome space-saving option.

Buckets are perfect for small items.

If you have kids, you know all about the missing glove. Gloves are constantly disappearing, in and out of the home. You can’t always prevent losing gloves at school, but your home should have its own station for hats, gloves, and scarves. In the event of a missing glove, you’ll always know where the spares are. This also is a reminder to you and everyone else in the household that if they just put their winter gear in the designated buckets or bins, they won’t go missing.

Use sturdy hooks.

Extra hanging storage is important in the winter to make sure that wet coats, hats, and scarves are dry for the next adventure. However, decorate pegs aren’t going to hold up against a wet parka. Make sure you have heavy duty hooks installed to avoid wet gear on the floor.

Shield your walls.

If you’re concerned about a temporary storage solution to organize winter gear, like a clothing rack, doing permanent damage to your walls, think about adding a cork board surface. This will absorb any moisture and it can be a year long feature for seasonal storage needs.

Winter can be the wonderland that you dream of! With these storage tips, it’s possible to keep the mess outdoors where it belongs. No more wet socks or slippers from stepping in unnoticed puddles!