This winter I built a rack that's cut down on some of the morning chaos. It holds onto mittens/gloves neatly, and gives you a quick visual inventory of them. So a parent can glance at it and say, "Find your gloves before you go to bed. Start looking on the car floor."
The mitten rack uses clothespins, string, and scrap wood, and it goes together in about 15 minutes.
-- Clothespins are a standard item, so they're easy to replace, disassemble, or reassemble. Because of wear and tear, we've lost two pins over the last six months, but it was easy to replace the broken parts.
-- At first I affixed the pins directly to the board, but when they are attached by strings it's easier for hands to grasp the pin and attach the mittens quickly. And when you need the mittens, it's easy to reach out and snap them off.
-- The design is scalable to your family. A short rack accommodates two adults, and a longer one would aid a larger clan.
-- The project should take less than 15 minutes to complete.
-- Wooden Clothespins.
-- Electric Drill.
-- Scrap Lumber.
-- Vintage Screws.
Step 1: Cut the Board
Step 2: Drill Holes in the Clothespins
Step 3: Drill Pilot Holes in the Rack
The screws should be good looking. I lucked out with these all-copper, slotted, pan-headed screws from a flea market.
Cut the string into lengths of about three- or four-inches. Tie one end under the screw head and tighten the screw down. Loop the other end through the small hole in the clothespin and tie a knot.
Step 4: Review
My son insisted that you wouldn't cover the mittens with coats if you hung the rack above. He said it would look neater, save space, and be more portable if you had to move it. He drew the sketch (below) to press the point. With that, I told him the damned charette was over, and that he had to go to his room.