How to Organize a Mudroom
A mudroom is a space just inside the entryway to your home, designed to keep the elements such as rain, snow, and especially mud, out of the rest of your house. With school starting up again, your mudroom is trading flip flops and wet bathing suits for soccer cleats, backpacks, and a myriad of other things your kids bring to and from school and extra activities. Keep your mudroom clutter-free and your home much cleaner by transforming the entryway into a neat and organized space.
Hooks are essential in any mudroom, whether they're located on the back of a door or spanning an entire wall. They should be strongly mounted so that hats, coats, scarves, leashes, and other items such as reusable grocery bags can be stored here without falling. They may also be hung at different heights, depending on what they are being used for. Remember to mount hooks for adult coats much higher than hooks for children’s items, and to mount them with plenty of space between. This will ensure that when large coats or other bulky items are hung, they won’t block the use of other hooks and any wet items will have plenty of air flow to dry.
A mudroom isn't a mudroom without somewhere to sit to take off your shoes. Purchase a bench at a furniture or gardening store or make your own using thick boards and heavy-duty mounting brackets. Make sure whatever your make or buy has extra room underneath for storage and that a homemade bench is supported on all sides and the middle, whether using brackets or large supportive bricks underneath. Benches can be large or small, positioned in corners or repurposed closets, and decorated with vinyl-covered seat cushions or pillows to add comfort and a dash of colorful decoration.
Baskets, Buckets, and Containers
Store shoes in wicker baskets, buckets, plastic bins, and other containers to keep your mudroom clean. These containers take up far less floor space than a shoe rack or having shoes lined up on a mat by the door. They can also be placed in that free space underneath your benches, in cabinets or other storage spaces, or in vacant corners.
If you have the space, cabinets and cubbies can help create additional, organized storage. These can be mounted to the wall above your seating or hooks and can be used to store a wide variety of items. Each member of your family can have their own shelf, cubby, or cabinet for their outdoor items, or you can use the space in general for items like sports equipment, pet supplies, rain gear, winter clothing, or other objects used outdoors that you would like to keep out of the rest of the house.
Tip: It's also important that the floor of your mudroom should be easy to maintain. Tile, linoleum, or laminate flooring is ideal because it can be swept and mopped easily to remove mud. If you have carpet in this room, it should be removed, and flooring sensitive to water and mud should be covered with heavy-duty rugs for protection.
Don't let your mudroom make a bad first impression for family and guests. Utilize one or more of these solutions in your home to create organization for any clutter and mess.