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Leaning Coat and Shoe Rack

18th January 2017
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leaning clothes and shoe storage from future and found

leaning clothes and shoe storage from future and found

Today’s post comes to you from the school of Things I Have Learnt Since Having Children. That is to say boys. That is to say, in particular my youngest. Who is well messy. Yes I know, tell you something you don’t know. They are also, and I say this with love, fully paid up members of the College of Can’t Be Arsedness. It doesn’t matter that there’s a wardrobe in the room – putting things in it would involve opening the door. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Apparently. The 15yo stores most things on his beanbag. Then complains he has to sit/lie on the bed. The 13yo hangs everything on the floor. Apart from his tools, which are all beautifully arranged on the pole he has fixed up across the window with neatly spaced hooks for his rulers, drill bits, scissors and so on.

The key to storage is that it has to be easy. By which I mean, think of what you  – a reasonably sane grown up – would regard as easy. Halve it. Take away 25 per cent. Remove a third. Reduce it by 46 and shave it round the edges. That’s about where we’re at.

Now I have one solution which is working reasonably well. I say reasonably well – it has removed a certain amount of stuff from the floor but what is hanging is basically stuff that is never used. THAT COULD GO IN A CUPBOARD. Only we don’t talk about cupboards in this house. Because, in this house, the teenagers have not yet evolved to cupboards. They are still on shelves. And pegs.

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For pegs is my first solution. In a small room that has no room for cupboards – or a room for small people who are not yet expected to do their own tidying – fix a row of shaker pegs all the way round. This will do for clothes, kit bags, even pictures. This is easy storage that looks good. When they are older you can still use the pegs with hangers on them. This works on many levels – everything is visible. Nothing is lost. There is no need for yells of: “Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuum, where is my ….. wotsit/thing/whatever.” Because it is there on the peg. Unless it’s on the floor under the peg. Which is a different story.

My children have pegs in their rooms. The 13yo is using his for his skateboard, the coat he never takes to school, the dressing gown he never wears and the towel he never uses. Still, all those bulky things are no longer on the floor. I’m counting that as a win. The 15yo is faring better – five white shirts, three pairs of jeans and a couple of jackets. This is also a win. What is on the beanbag is the stuff that should be in drawer. That is a whole new level of complicated.

So, shaker pegs if you can fix them to the wall. If you can’t, because you live in a rental, or because you too are a secret graduate of the College of Can’t be Arsedness, then this leaning coat and shoe rack is brilliant. Perfect for coats, hats and yes shoes. It will take six pairs of those, which should definitely free up some floor space. It costs £159 from Future and Found.

Now, if your children aren’t ready for this level of organisation, put it in the hall, your own bedroom or anywhere at all if you rent and can’t fix things to walls. And that is today’s storage lesson.

shaker peg storage by ilse crawford at high road house image via remodelista

shaker peg storage by ilse crawford at high road house image via remodelista

 

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  • Flora 19th January 2017 at 5:29 pm

    hahah, how true this is!

    I remember being exactly the same as a teenager (which isn’t that long ago, admittedly – I’ll turn 25 this year). For some reason opening a cupboard door was just so much more effort than I could be bothered to summon.

    That said, I brought my oldest brother a cup of tea this morning before work (we both live with my parents while we’re each saving up to buy our first homes) and he had a stupendous pile of clothing on the floor. And a built-in wardrobe with nothing in it. He’s 32, so it would appear it’s not just a teenage boy thing…?

    The leaning coat and shoe rack is a beautiful piece of furniture, that’s for sure!

    Flora
    http://www.theeverchanginghome.com

  • Leigh Davies 18th January 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Oh no! Out of stock already 🙁

  • Sam 18th January 2017 at 1:48 pm

    hilarious. Can certainly relate. That’s the 22nd Bday present sorted (afraid it doesn’t get any better the older they get)

  • Nicky Hufford 18th January 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I think this would also work well in a guest bedroom….people never use a wardrobe for a short stay but need somewhere to drape towels and stuff. And a wardrobe can overpower a small guest room.

  • Vivienne 18th January 2017 at 9:25 am

    Excellent post – although you have missed the football table as hanger for blazer/kit bag/dressing gown scenario. 😉

  • Leigh Davies 18th January 2017 at 8:47 am

    Thanks for the post Kate, you may have just solved a dilemma I had for a show flat concept I’m working on.
    Brilliant as always!
    Leigh
    Optimist Design

  • Maria 18th January 2017 at 7:30 am

    This made with laugh out loud as I too have sons (although the eldest has now flown the nest) but I still have the youngest to contend with who is very adept at hanging things on the floor!!! The daughter is another story as she hangs hers on the expensive chair we bought for her bedroom. Why? Because that’s what you do ?

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