How to Create an Effective Mudroom
Nothing streamlines a family’s morning schedule like a well-organized mudroom. This essential space is usually near a tucked away side entrance to the home that keeps it out of sight lines. However, efforts to make it tidy and efficient space will be well rewarded in saving time and frustration daily. And why not make it look great too?
Often a cozy room off of the kitchen or near the garage entrance, many mudrooms have built in cabinets and shelves. Don’t worry if yours does not, there are many mudroom storage pieces that can help you create the perfect catchall for your daily belongings. Some of the key components of a successful mudroom include:
Start with a place for people to sit and put shoes on or take them off when they come in. Any entryway bench will do but storage benches and hall trees offer the perfect combination of seating plus organization help.
Mudrooms collect an unbelievable amount of stuff. Things like shoes, boots, umbrellas, jackets and hats are a given, but often times a mudroom can serve as an organizational space for backpacks, briefcases, tote bags and purses as well. Cabinets and shelving can help supply needed space for organizing your family’s daily belongings. Hooks and hanging systems can keep things off of the floor and easy to find as well.
A few closed cabinets are the perfect place to store away rain boots or snow boots during nice weather. It’s also handy to keep a few loose towels on hand for when the weather is bad, laying a towel out to catch the water or snow helps keep your floors and carpets clean.
Small area rugs and door mats can collect dirt, mud and drips before they make it into the rest of the house. You might choose a brown rug or a rug with a darker pattern that will hide the grime until you get a chance to vacuum or clean. Indoor/outdoor mats can also be a great choice in this high-traffic area for their durability and ease of care.
Shoes can be the most cumbersome items to contain, fortunately there are many options in storage benches, cabinets, and shoe racks that will help you keep your outdoor shoes organized and ready for the next day.
The first thing most people take off when they come inside is their coat or jacket. If you are entering the house through a mudroom, chances are that it is a long walk to the coat closet. Having hooks, a coat rack or a hall tree will not only keep that outer layer handy for the next day, but on rainy and snowy days it keeps those drips contained to the mudroom.
Whether you have a stand-alone room for it in your home or just an extra corner of the kitchen or laundry room, having an organized mudroom in your house can turn stressful mornings into streamlined starts. With some extra storage, hooks and shelves you can keep coats, bags and shoes tidy while keeping dirt contained and out of the rest of the house.