Simple: Use an over-the-door shoe organizer on a coat closet door to keep hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and headbands organized for winter.
Found this one at target for $13.99, here's the picture and link (it does say no longer available, but these things are can easily be found at various stores and online).
The number one BEST thing about this... the kids can do it all themselves! I don't have to spend time looking for their hats or gloves. Plus, I am NOT a retrieve or servant! It makes it their responsibility. Works about 90% of the time... sometimes there's still some misplaced items or kids will be kids and just be obstinate.
How I have it organized:
Very bottom row: all Luke's (21 mths) stuff
Next 2 rows up: the Big Boys stuff (ages 6 &4)
Then one row of not used as much items: Big Boys only use scarves really when playing outside not just general everyday use
The next 2 rows up to the top: Mine & Greg's items
Highly recommend. Try it if you have to space and you want to spend less time looking for stuff and have a way to help keep the kids involved and responsible for their stuff! It's worked out so well all winter... and anything that helps keeps things organized helps my sanity. Anything that helps my sanity gets two thumbs up!
Close the door and it's all nicely stored. Haven't decided if we'll just leave it like this, or change for summer. Don't think it'd be as full for summer... but maybe hats, sunglasses, or goggles? Hmmmm. Not sure. We'll see how it evolves when the time comes.
Hoping in doing a winter post that it'll will be done in the spotlight and will finally let spring come :)
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of aversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
~ Anne Bradstreet (British poet, 1612-1672