Cooped up indoors most of the week, we’re all a little stir-crazy by the weekend. At which time, weather permitting, we seize the chance to blow away the cobwebs with a bracing country walk. Romanced by the hedgerow fruits and autumn colours, we thoroughly enjoy the excursion and happily tired, head home, pockets bulging with nature’s treasures – beech nuts, cob nuts, acorns, conkers in their spiky jackets, sweet chestnuts in their prickly ones. That’s when it all gets messy.
Everyone disrobes. A coat, hat and scarf, a pair of gloves and a pair of boots per person plus the dog lead and the muddy dog towel. And that’s on a dry day. Add rain and it all makes for an almighty mess that runs unchecked through the house from the front door to the nearest tables and chairs. Pockets are emptied and their contents left spilled and forgotten on any surface en route to the kitchen.
That’s when having a designated ‘space’ for all this ‘stuff’ comes into its own. Over the winter months, commandeer a back porch, utility room or even conservatory to manage this mess. Because mounds of coats and piles of muddy boots call for clever storage solutions. And life feels so much easier – and country walks more enjoyable – when on returning home everything is organised and put away – even if it’s only temporarily.
So what do we need?