Parents know there's nothing so crazy-making as a morning scramble for winter clothes. Kids seem to leave mittens and gloves everywhere they go. When you have ten minutes to get out the door, their gloves are always at the bottom of a backpack or at a friend's house. Or worse -- you find three gloves, all lefties.
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.