Storage ideas for mudrooms

I love decorating small spaces! It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new because if it doesn’t work out, the need for a do-over isn’t as big of a deal. Also, my organization-loving heart enjoys the challenge of coming up with storage solutions to make small spaces big on functionality. I’m wrapping up the makeover of our little laundry room in the next week or so by tackling the “something new” part (I’m using wall decals to give it a wallpaper-like look!), but first I wanted to share all of my laundry room storage ideas & solutions that I packed into this little space!

I’m excited to be collaborating with one of my favorite brands, Wayfair, on this post – as you know, they’ve been a go-to of mine for years not only for home accessories and furniture (their selection is second to none!) but also for all of the random home stuff you may not know quite where to shop for. I easily found all of the small space storage solutions I was looking for plus a few I hadn’t thought of before shopping their site. And be sure to read all the way through to the end of the post because along with showing you all of the smart storage products I found for our laundry room, I’m sharing my favorite finds from their 48 Hour Clearout that’s going on now through this Monday (8/12) – there’s lots of good stuff! So let’s get to it starting with my laundry room storage tips & solutions… (post includes affiliate links; full disclosure statement is available {here})

1.Take Advantage of the Space Between Your Washer & Dryer

The gap between your washer and dryer is prime real estate so don’t let it go to waste! A narrow rolling cart works perfectly for holding laundry essentials where they’re super easy to access:

My rolling cart holds my laundry detergent, spot cleaners, bleach, canister with baking soda (I throw some in with any smelly laundry!), {these mesh bags} for washing delicates, and {this narrow bin} that I use as a trash can for lint and new clothing tags:

To find a rolling cart that’s the best fit for your space, measure the gap between your washer and dryer and get a cart that’s at least 2″ narrower so you have plenty of space to roll it in and out. Also check the height measurement to make sure you’re good there! Here are several great options:

2. Use Space Saving Hangers

We’ve used space saving hangers ever since moving into our current house when I realized that there was no way our clothes were going to fit in our super small bedroom closet (we downsized from a large walk-in closet in our old house!). It’s amazing how much more space is freed up by simply swapping out your hangers! I have {these hangers} holding the coats in our laundry room coat cubbies so we can pack in as many as possible:

With the sale this weekend, it’s a great time to grab a pack if you need them because they’re at a pretty amazing price for a pack of 50 slim hangers. Try them in one of your closets with hanging clothes where space is a bit limited – they make a surprising difference!

3. Tuck Your Ironing Board Out of the Way

If you have a small laundry room like I do, you definitely don’t have space to keep your ironing board out. A simple solution for getting it out of the way when you’re not using it is to use one of {these over the door ironing board holders}:

They come in a pack of two so the cost for one is super cheap when you go halvsies with a friend and in case you’re wondering, I don’t have any issues with my door closing totally normally with it on.

Another thing to consider if you store your full sized ironing board somewhere else, is to keep a tabletop ironing board like {this one} tucked away in your laundry room for small jobs that don’t require you to drag out the big guy! My favorite use for my tabletop ironing board is for ironing things in place. You know how sometimes you can iron a bedskirt or slipcover but by the time you wrangle it on the furniture piece, it’s all wrinkled? I use either my handheld steamer (I have {this one}) or my iron and my tabletop ironing board to iron out any wrinkles once they’re already on the furniture piece so the wrinkles stay away for good!

4. Choose a Slim Folding Step Stool that Tucks Away

For years the only step stools we had in our house were the small plastic ones that my kids stood on to reach their bathroom sinks when they were little. We stored them in the garage so it was a pain to retrieve them every time I needed one. We recently hung new cabinets over the washer and dryer in our laundry room (I installed {these same acrylic and brass pulls} as I did on the other side of the space on our shoe storage drawers) and I’m loving the extra storage space but since the cabinets go all of the way to the ceiling, I soon realized I was going to need to dig out one of those step stools whenever I have to grab something stored on the top shelves. I decided a step stool that could fold down compactly and be neatly stored close by was in order! I ended up buying {this slim folding step stool} which is just what I needed:

It folds down to under 2″ wide so if you have just a few extra inches between your washer or dryer and the wall, you can slide it right into that space for storage.

It’s super lightweight too! I chose white but there are several fun color options too!

5. Consider a Wall Mount Drying Rack to Clear Up Floor Space

I wasn’t able to put a wall mount drying rack in our laundry room because of lack of wall space but I wanted to share this idea with you too because it would be so nice to have! You can get a style that accordions out like {this wall mount drying rack}:

or one that folds down from the top like {this wall mounted drying rack}:

Do any of you have one? Do you love it? I would love not having to set up my big old drying rack that takes over the kitchen area outside of our laundry room!

6. Use a Collapsible Laundry Basket

Where the heck have collapsible laundry baskets been all of my life?? I only realized that such a thing existed when I started shopping for my daughter’s dorm room. I ordered {this basket} for her and found it works so well that I ordered one for myself too!

It’s just a little over 3″ tall when collapsed so, like the step stool, is easy to find a spot to tuck it away out of sight!

So what do you think – are any of these space saving solutions ones that you’d like to put to use in your own laundry room? Several of them are on sale as part of Wayfair’s 48 Hour Clearout that’s going on now through Monday 8/12 along with up to 70% off everything from furniture and rugs, curtains, storage solutions, lighting, wall decor, and more. And as usual, they offer fast, free shipping over $49! Their sister sites Joss & Main, All Modern, and Birch Lane are having great weekend sales too! I spent several hours this morning searching through all of their sale items and rounded up my favorites including some great-looking barn lights for under $40 (I just bought two for our patio!), two beautiful wood TV consoles for under $175, some well-priced rugs, hammocks for fall, closeout priced solid curtains, and more. I’ve linked them all here (click/tap images below to shop them):

And while it’s not part of their big sale, I wanted to show you a new planter I ordered from Wayfair (you can find it {here} – mine is the larger size) and just got yesterday – it’s so pretty and I love that it’s low so works well on our coffee table! I’ll be adding some faux fall florals to it soon…

Enjoy your weekend everyone! It’s the last one we’ll have with our oldest daughter before she heads off to college (cue tears…) so we’re going to make the most of it!

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CHOOSE FROM 5 DRAPERY DESIGN STYLES …

INVERTED FRENCH PLEAT Sleek + Modern

Overall width PER PAIR approximately 46″

A sophisticated yet casual drapery heading.

  • 3 Finger Inverted French Pleat
  • Pleat is tacked at the top
  • Fabric is pattern matched
  • 4″ Double Bottom Hem
  • 4″ Double Top with Crinoline
  • Finished Width per pair 46″ including returns
  • Drapery Pins are set to install on rings

PINCH PLEAT Tried + True

Overall width PER PAIR approximately 46″

A tried and true design style but our take is updated with a 2 finger pleat tacked at the bottom

  • Fabric is pattern matched
  • 4″ Double Bottom Hem
  • 4″ Double Top with Crinoline
  • Finished Width per pair 46″ including returns
  • Drapery Pins are set to install on rings

GROMMET TOP Clean Line + Easy Install

Overall width PER PAIR approximately 96″

Clean and Modern design adding a fresh update to any space. Ease of installation, just slide grommet over maximum 1 3/8″ rod.

  • Grommet inside diameter 1 5/8″ for use with maximum 1 3/8″ rod
  • Fabric is Pattern matched
  • 4″ Double Bottom Hem
  • 4″ Top Hem
  • Finished width per pair 96″ including returns

FLAT PANEL TOP Relaxed + Effortless

Overall width PER PAIR approximately 96″

A relaxed effortless window treatment that packs plenty of style.

  • Fabric is Pattern Matched
  • 4″ Double Hem
  • 1 1/2″ double top
  • 96″ Finished width per pair
  • Drapery Rings are set to install on rings

ROD POCKET Simply Stylish

Overall width PER PAIR approximately 96″

A simple way to add high impact. Our design does not have a top header keeping things updated + fresh.

  • Rod Pocket is made to fit a maximum of 1 3/8″ rod
  • Fabric is pattern matched
  • 4″ double hem
  • 96″ Finished width per pair

Mudroom Paint Color Ideas

Whether it’s the small room between the garage and the house, an area in the laundry room or a room designated as a mudroom, this space deserves the same attention in decorating as other rooms in the house.

Color and Purpose

It is easy to ignore this space and discount it as an important part of your home as far as decorating goes. This is especially true if it is part of a dual-duty room or little niche created from an unused space near the outside door. Consider that this area is still part of your home and therefore worthy of your attention. The space can be stylized and decorated with the same care as the other rooms in your home and become a happy little nook. Color can make all the difference.

Mudrooms in some homes are a casual foyer. This is the place where friends and family come in an out and even though it may not be the main entryway of your home, it is still a place of meeting and greeting. Such a place should be warm and inviting. Decorating your mudroom with style will also keep it tidier. These spaces can become a dumping ground for all things that don’t make it into the house; however, when it’s decorated as a room, there is more incentive to keep it looking neat and organized.

The colors you choose for this area can make it more conducive for unusual care. Choosing colors that evoke certain moods can subtly encourage people to want to take better care of the space. When the space brings about a sense of joy, peace, or happiness it becomes a place people enjoy inhabiting if only for a few minutes.

It has been a long-held notion that color can have an impact on a person’s mood, behaviors, and feelings. Color psychology has been used in the designing of logos, businesses and particularly restaurants. Have you noticed how many restaurants use red in their theme? This is because red happens to be a color that entices your appetite. Red also invokes feelings of warmth and comfort, but on the other end of the spectrum, it can lead to feelings of hostility and rage.

How you use color in your mudroom may influence the mood of those coming and going through the area. At any rate, choosing the right color for the room will make it more inviting and interesting.

Calming Blues

Blue tones tend to soothe and calm the spirits. In the color spectrum, blues are considered cool colors. Ancient civilizations used blue to treat pain and help calm illnesses. Coming into a mudroom painted a soothing blue may cause you to feel less of the pain from your workout. It may calm your nerves after a particularly hectic day. When leaving, it can help you start your day with a soothing, peaceful feeling.

There are many beautiful shades of blue to choose from to make your mudroom the perfect launching place or landing spot. You can create a blue sky effect with lighter hues or an earthier feeling with the blue-gray hues.

The Glory of Green

Green often symbolizes nature. It is one of the dominant colors in nature. Like blue, green is one of the cooler shades on the color spectrum. Green has traditionally represented many things such as jealousy, good luck, health, and tranquility.

Green has been used to relieve stress; think of the “green room” where guests wait to appear on television programs. It is used to help people relax. Painting your mudroom green may cause people to feel calm in their comings and goings. It could also help you feel a little luckier in whatever endeavors you are about to partake.

Warm Sunshine Colors

Shades of orange and yellow are on the warm end of the color spectrum. These colors would be perfect for a mudroom that has little or no natural light. Warmer colors add a cheery feeling to a room. You may not want to go too bright though. Since it has a high rate of light reflection it can be very fatiguing to the eyes. Yellow can also produce feelings of frustration and anger so do not be surprised if siblings get into tussles in the mudroom.

Orange is also a strong and energetic color. Like other warm colors, it is attention-grabbing and uplifting. Your clan may feel energetic when heading out to face the world and coming in they may feel restored.

Choosing the right color for your mudroom does not have to be a chore. If you need help in deciding what is going to look best and complement adjacent rooms, contact The Painting Company. We will be glad to help you find the perfect color for your mudroom. Give us a call today or fill out our online form.

29 Magnificent Mudroom Ideas to Enhance Your Home

Ideal Location for a Mudroom

You have seen the benefits of a mudroom and have decided that you would like one. You even have a few design ideas after looking through the pictures. But there is still a lot left to decide. One of the most important decisions you need to make is regarding location.

When they were introduced, mudrooms were designed as second entryways to a home. You have the main double-door entry with beautiful art on the walls, high ceilings and a sweeping staircase ahead of you. Then on the side or back of the house, a second fairly wide entryway serves as the mudroom. Today, mudrooms still act as secondary entryways but they are often entire rooms rather than a hallway.

As with traditional mudrooms, a place away from the main entrance is best. It can be on the side of the house or at the back. When it comes to the actual location, you have several options:

  • The kitchen. If you have a big kitchen, you can easily convert part of it into a mudroom. The kitchen is a convenient location since it already has a secondary entryway into the house. Use the area immediately after the entry door. Find a way to partition it from the rest of the kitchen to avoid a cluttered look. If you are building a new home, you can include a more permanent mudroom that adjoins the kitchen.
  • The garage. As with the kitchen, the garage also has a secondary entryway into the house, making it a convenient location for a mudroom. Choose the area just before the connecting entry door into the house. One advantage with a garage is that you don’t have to partition the mudroom. Just have enough mudroom cabinets and shelves to ensure organization.
  • An unused utility or storage room. If the room has an outside entrance and a door connecting it to the house, it can also be converted into a mudroom.
  • An addition. Another, significantly more expensive, option is to have an addition constructed adjoining your home. Talk with a contractor about the design and code requirements of a mudroom addition.

The ideal location for a mudroom is one that works best for you. Look at the options above and compare them to the situation in your home. Is the garage big enough? Can you use the kitchen? Is an addition the best option?

Check out this great article from The Boston Globe: Tips and tricks for building a better mudroom

Storage Options

A mudroom is essentially one big storage area. But for it to work as intended, it needs its own mini-storages inside. When it comes to mudroom storage, the options are many and varied from simple boxes to hooks and many more.

It is a good idea to have a mixture of storage so as to accommodate different items from heavy coats to sports gear. Here are a few mudroom organization ideas to consider.

  • Cabinets – cabinets come in handy for things like sports equipment, books and other items that cannot be hanged. If you have enough space, you can assign each person in the family their own cabinet. This improves organization and ensures everyone is responsible for the neatness of their own space. One option is to install wall cabinets, making sure they are low enough for accessibility. Alternatively, get floor cabinets so that you can use the top surface as extra storage. Or you can have a combination of wall and floor cabinets.
  • Lockers – mudroom lockers can be used to store items like balls and bags as well as hang coats and hats. Assigned lockers are a good idea for large families.
  • Bench – this is something many homeowners overlook but can have a lot of benefits. A built in mudroom bench provides a place for people to sit down as they take of their shoes. You can also place your handbag or backpack on it as you enter the house.
  • Shelving – open shelves provide multi-functional storage for items like shoes, smartphones, keys and hats.
  • Hooks and pegs – here you can place things like key chains, dog leashes, coats, hats, scarves and anything else that can be hanged. If you have kids, place some hooks low enough for them to easily hang something and take it down on their own.

These ideas are in no way exhaustive. You can have cubbies for mudroom storage, baskets and bins for laundry and even a large table to place things on. The most important thing is to choose storage that works for your needs and your budget.

Related: Why You Should Be Using Pinterest and Houzz for Design Ideas

Additional Tips

Here are a few more things to keep in mind as you plan your mudroom.

  • Make it multi-functional. It does not have to be for storage only. For instance, there are plenty of laundry mudroom ideas you can integrate into your mudroom space. If it is off the kitchen, it can also function as a pantry room. If you have a dog that loves the outdoors, set up a washing area where you can clean him up before he goes inside the house. As long as space allows it, think of the different ways you can make use of the mudroom.
  • Have the right flooring. Select a floor that is easy to clean and maintain. Stone, tile, vinyl and concrete are some of the best flooring materials for a mudroom. Consider adding a rug or mat at the entry door for people to scrap dirt off their feet.
  • Add a mirror. You will appreciate being able to get a last look at yourself before getting out of the door.
  • Add a message board where you can write down tasks, important phone numbers and other important messages for the family.
  • Protect the walls. For exposed walls, consider adding beadboard wainscoting to protect the walls from scrapes and dirt.
  • Ventilation is important to keep the room cool and comfortable. It also prevents mildew from forming due to too much humidity. Consider adding a fan.
  • Don’t forget the aesthetics. Make sure the color of the walls, floor and cabinets coordinate properly. Add a rustic white mudroom bench, some art on the walls and a potted plant or two.

Each home will have its own unique storage and organization needs. Hopefully, this guide will help you design a mudroom that works perfectly for your family’s needs.

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How to Organize Your Mudroom Closet for Less Than $50

Mudrooms are an essential transition area in your home, the place where you get ready for the day — and where your family probably dumps everything at the end of it.

It’s easy for this space to fall into disarray, but an organized mudroom will save you time getting out the door and minimize frustrated searches for that missing shoe or glove. And believe it or not, turning your mudroom from chaos to calm doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking.

With just $50 I was able to completely reorganize my mudroom to better accommodate all the clothes, accessories, and stored items kept there. With just a few tips and just a few bucks, you can do the same with your mudroom or entryway and breathe a sigh of relief!

Don’t stop there! Check out this list of amazing organizing tips for your whole home.

How to Organize Your Mudroom Closet

1. Get rid of excess. The mudroom isn’t the place for storing all of your accessories. Chances are you don’t use a new handbag every day, so only keep the ones (or even just one) that get the most use in the mudroom, and store the rest in your bedroom or another closet. Same goes for shoes (fancy footwear belongs in the bedroom)!

2. Think seasonally. During the winter months, keep hats, gloves, and scarves within reach. When the summer rolls around, you can switch that basket of winter accessories with one full of beach towels, and snow pants can be traded for sun hats.

3. Use pegs sparingly. Hanging pegs are essential, but if they’re stuffed with items it becomes too hard to find anything amidst the clutter. I decided to store most of our jackets on clothing hangers in another closet and use these pegs only for essentials, such as the coats the kids wear every day (or almost every day), school backpacks, and our life-saving tote bag. If you don’t have another closet nearby for larger (adult) jackets, only hang those that get daily use in the mudroom and find another spot for the rest.

4. Keep shelves simple. Shelves are best for storing easy-to-identify and similar items. If you cram a combination of coats, scarves, and hats on them, you’ll never find anything. I designated the top two shelves for just scarves (we’re a big scarf-wearing family and have lots of them) and baby wraps, the middle one to another baby carrier and reusable grocery bags, and the bottom two to a basket and bin.

3 Mudroom Storage Solutions I Used

Total spent: $49.40

Organization may bring to mind shopping at places like The Container Store, but while all the bins, dividers, and caddies you find there are nice, there are other, more budget-friendly options to be found.

I did all my entryway storage shopping at The Home Depot. They have a great selection of organization solutions, and prices were low enough that I didn’t need to spend an arm and a leg. Wherever you do end up shopping, I highly recommend checking for coupon codes, like the ones I found for The Home Depot here.

ClosetMaid White Laminate 15-Cube Organizer, $29.97

We have lots of little feet in my household, and keeping track of shoes is never an easy task. This cube organizer was a steal at less than $30.

It does require some assembly, but if I can do it, most anyone can! Each compartment is fairly small, perfect for a pair or two of kids’ shoes, or for less bulky adult shoes (flats and slides). I used the floor space next to it for boots.

Household Essentials Large Fabric Storage Bin, $14.65

One of the easiest ways to maintain organization in your mudroom (and anywhere else) is to minimize the amount of stuff.

I used this large fabric storage bin to store important outerwear that doesn’t get used every day, such as extra mittens and skiing accessories. That way these items are still on hand if needed, but they’re not taking up prime storage real estate.

Pippa’s note: This storage bin was $13.45 when I purchased it and calculated my total cost

Neatfreak Small Fabric Collapsible Drawer, $6.28

Having smaller items like sunscreen and doggy bags crammed into nooks and crannies makes them impossible to find. This little fabric storage bin is the perfect catch-all place for those smaller items. And I intentionally put it out of the reach of little fingers!

Pippa’s note: This fabric drawer was 5.98 when I purchased it and calculated my total cost

Additional Mudroom Storage Items

Organizing on a budget means incorporating items you may already have on hand. These baskets and bins were going unused (or were misused), so I found a way to incorporate them into my new mudroom setup.

ClosetMaid Colorful Fabric Storage Bins, $5.86 each

These fabric storage bins are lifesavers for keeping track of smaller kids’ items such as mittens, hats, and scarves. I decided to put the most frequently used accessories in a wicker basket the kids could reach themselves (see below), but all additional gear went into fabric bins — and each kid gets their own color, which makes it super easy to keep track of what belongs to who!

Seville Classics Woven Hyacinth Storage Basket, $24.99 for two

Wicker baskets are both functional and attractive storage tools. I used a larger one on the top shelf to hold beach towels, and a smaller, fabric-lined one to hold kids’ outdoor accessories that get used daily. By putting this one on a lower shelf, the kids can grab their hats and mittens themselves when it’s time to get ready.

LTL Home Products Medium 3-Sided Wall Mount Wire Basket, $10.38 each

These wall baskets were previously installed, but were always overflowing with accessories. So, I decided to use just the top one for the hats and gloves that my husband and I use every day.

The middle one is the perfect place for wipes (which we somehow always need close by) and socks, which I find helpful to have in the mudroom closet so you’re always ready to go.

I decided to use the bottom one for toddler snow pants and for hanging damp accessories with clothespins after playing in the snow.

What are your go-to strategies for mudroom organization? Let me know in the comments below!

How To Create An Organized Mudroom

Liz Durnan, Houzz Contributor

If you live, or have ever lived, in a house where there’s an immediate transition from the main entrance into the living area, you know how this can make it hard to keep your house clean and organized. You often end up with a big fat mess dumped unceremoniously around the entrance — shoes, hats, coats, whatever anyone casts aside while walking through the door — as well as mud and dirt spread through the home. Mudrooms are a common solution in rural areas, but even in suburban areas, there is often a porch or foyer that can perform that function. Wherever you live, it can be useful to create a dedicated transition zone between outside and in.

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What Is a Mudroom, Anyway?

A mudroom is a small room or entryway in a house where wet or muddy footwear and clothing can be removed. But it can be so much more.

Mudrooms are traditional in country homes, where it is necessary to clean up after coming in from fields covered in mud. They can be a secondary entrance or a back entrance. Some mudrooms might have a sink, a spare toilet or even a shower for cleanup. When I talk about a mudroom, I really mean any space between outdoors and in where you can take off your shoes, bags, hats and scarves, and deposit mud and dirt, keeping mess from the main part of the house.

What Do You Want It For?

Think of everything you might put in this room or space — every last thing — before you plan it. Consider how you and your family live, including kids and animals. They might all want to leave their stuff there. These are some of the things you might want to store in this space:

-Coats

-Hats

-Shoes

-Scarves

-Handbags, backpacks, shopping bags

-Keys

-Mail (including a recycling bin for tossing junk into immediately)

-Strollers, baby carriers

-Dog bowls, leashes, other pet items

-Sporting equipment, cleats, rackets, balls, yoga mats

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Find Space for a Mudroom

Adapt your entry. If you’re not lucky enough to have a dedicated entryway, look closely at your home and see if there’s a space that could be turned into a functional area to organize that transition between outside and in. It’s really all about practicality, but if it’s the immediate entrance into your home, you may want to plan for pretty elements as well as practical ones. Make it bright and appealing, but also think of ways to help your family keep it organized. You could even have a color-coded basket for each member of the family if you think that might make them more tidy or more inclined to put their things away.

Combine it with the laundry. If there’s simply no room for an additional space, try to create a mudroom from an existing part of the house. One way is to fit out a hallway, even if it’s a narrow space. Here a hallway is both a long laundry area and a mudroom, with lots of seamless storage in uniform cabinetry for a clean and functional area, and lots of space to put things.

Keep it outside. If there’s absolutely no space to create this transition area inside the home, is there an area on the outside you could use? If you’re lucky enough to have a porch, cordon off an area for everything from soccer shoes to surfboards. The owners of the home here have made great use of a vintage cupboard for some undercover storage and a place to put those dirty boots.

Add on. If you don’t have an existing space that can be converted, could you consider adding on a specially designated vestibule to use as a transition area? If you’re renovating your home or building it from scratch, think about this in your floor plan.

Practical Considerations

Storage. If you do have the space for a mudroom, build in as much storage as possible. Having lots of space here for shoes and coats will take pressure off other storage areas in the house, too.

Once you’ve determined who is using the mudroom and what you’ll need it for, plan for all the various shelves, hardware and storage items you’ll need. You’ll need hooks for hanging, perhaps drawers for storage, or open spaces and baskets for easy access. If you’re intending to store keys and mail, consider some small pigeonholes, such as the ones in this mudroom. These can store those things you need to find quickly as you walk out the door, such as keys and wallets.

Seating. We’re often seeing bench space in mudrooms with pretty upholstered cushions, encouraging people to take off their shoes before they tread all over the house in their muddy boots. This light-colored upholstery would get very dirty in my house; decorate your space according to your needs and how your family lives.

Find a Comfortable and Practical Bench for Your Mudroom

Flooring. Think about what will be on the floor of this area. This might be a good way to zone this space as separate from the rest of the house. Opt for sturdy and easy-to-clean surfaces.

Tailor Your Mudroom to Your Needs

Add a mirror. As well as being able to check yourself as you leave the house, a mirror is a great way to create the feeling of extra space in a small area.

Add a desk. Imagine filing your mail as soon as you receive it — tossing the junk mail immediately and emptying your purse as you come home, filing the important receipts and tossing the rest. All this will save you lots of time later on.

Add some color. Your mudroom might be the first thing you see as you walk through the door, so consider painting it a bright, happy color. And add a beautiful potted plant.

How to Keep Your Entry & Mudroom Organized

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Updated on 8/12/16 from an article originally published on 2/5/15.

Keep your entry and mudroom organized with these simple tips.

No matter what season it is, keeping your mudroom clutter free can be a daunting task. In the snowy months, snow accessories take up a ton of space. Keeping the floors clean and dry can be especially challenging (and we all hate how our socks get wet when we go near the door).

During spring and summer, you’ll swap snow boots for sneakers and winter hats and gloves for umbrellas. While the change in the seasons is certainly welcome, it also means the start of spring and summer sports which can leave your mudroom looking a bit more like a locker room than a welcoming entry to your home.

Having equipment and shoes all over your back hall isn’t an attractive sight, and it can be difficult to find everything you need when heading out the door in a hurry. Use these 5 organization tips to help clear the clutter out of your mudroom or entryway.

1. Assess how your family enters and leaves the house.

While placing an umbrella holder, coat rack, and bench at the front door may look beautiful in a home decor magazine, the reality is that most households rarely utilize their front door. In fact, most people with homes that have attached garages enter via a mudroom, back hall, or laundry room.

Think about your family’s everyday activities and take note where everyone currently stores their sporting equipment, backpacks, shoes, and belongings. The success of your newly organized mudroom or entry will come from personalizing the area to work for you and your family.

Once you have thought about your family’s routine, it will be easier to organize essentials and come up with a functional method that works for you. For example, if your son comes home from school and then has baseball practice, designate one specific hook for his backpack and baseball bag only. That way, when he gets home from school he can simply swap his school bag for his baseball bag.

2. Make seasonal swaps to save space.

Even if you have a large back hall closet, things can get cluttered and lost quickly. There is nothing worse than opening your closet door and having the rack so jam packed that you can’t even slide the coat hangers to find what you are looking for. Change out the contents of your front closet seasonally and store items you won’t use elsewhere.

You won’t need snow pants and heavy down coats during the spring and summer. Pack seasonal items in large clear plastic containers or vacuum seal bags. Move boots to the back of the closet or remove them entirely and store them in a bin as well.

Make the items you wear most often clearly visible and keep transitional pieces you still use towards the back of the closet so they are still accessible. Label a container for each family member so that all of their belongings stay together for future use. When temperatures cool, swap your light windbreakers and raincoats with your fleece jackets and heavier apparel.

3. Make use of vertical wall organization.

Isn’t it interesting how the area where you seem to need the most space are often the smallest areas in your home? Take a look at your entryway or mudroom and measure the space. If you have a dedicated mudroom with plenty of room, consider built-in miniature closets or lockers for each person in the family or get a large storage bench with a hinged seat. Lockers keep everyone’s personal belongings in one place while the storage bench with a hinged seat option can be lifted to store athletic gear, pet supplies, or winter accessories during the colder months.

If you do not have the space for a storage bench or to build larger lockers, add hooks, small cubbies, or shelves to your walls to keep things tidy and off the floor. Consider installing the hooks and shelving at varying heights so even little ones will be able to organize their own belongings. This will get them in the habit of cleaning up on their own and they will be accountable for keeping track of their own things. With these solutions, your wall space can be completely dedicated to storing outerwear, gym bags, and backpacks.

Bonus Storage Hack: Towel rods can also work very nicely in a laundry room to keep extra jackets organized, plus they can double as a drying rack for items that cannot be dried in the dryer. If you do not want to permanently install a clothing rod, over door clothes hooks are inexpensive and can easily give you a bit more storage on a laundry room door or on the inside of a back hall closet. Another easy and cost effective way to store additional shoes is by having a shoe rack in the laundry room or hallway. Shoe racks come in various sizes and materials (wood, or metal), and can be easily assembled.

4. Invest in the right accessories to combat moisture on the floor.

Spring weather means a fair bit of rain and mud while the winter months bring in snow and floor-damaging salt. Tracking in water, salt and dirt from the outdoors become really messy for your home. It can even be dangerous – especially with younger children.

Avoid damaging your floors by starting with a welcome mat. This will allow your family and guests to scrape any excess mud and dirt off before even entering the house. Heavy duty scraper mats are ideal for ultra muddy conditions or for snow in the wintertime. These mats are nearly indestructible, can be washed off very easily with a hose, and they can last indefinitely.

For less harsh conditions, consider a coir fiber mat that is made from the outer shells of coconuts. The natural fibers in this type of mat are durable enough to handle the dirt and grime while also naturally absorbing water without causing mold or mildew.

Inside your home, assign an area directly adjacent to the doorway for storing shoes and boots. A boot tray made of plastic or heavy duty rubber is excellent for storing rain boots, snow boots, or dirty cleats because they are long lasting. Any water or dirt that gathers in the bottom of the tray can be dumped out or rinsed off. An inexpensive, durable utility mat in a dark color is also excellent for placing shoes near the door. A dark color won’t stain or show dirt as easily, and this type of mat will still help protect your floors from moisture. These accessories will help keep the majority of dirt and moisture contained while keeping your entryway clean and your floors damage free.

5. Have storage for additional accessories.

Baskets are a great tool for storing flip flops or sports slides by the doorway in your mudroom. Baskets or small plastic bins placed in a cubbie or up on shelves are also very helpful for keeping accessories like batting gloves, extra socks, sports wrap, or that extra sleeve of tennis balls easily accessible.

Have a set of baskets for each child. These can be easily labeled with their names and what should go in each one. If you have the space in a cubbie or on a shelf for each child, add an additional labeled basket or bin with some essentials that may save some time when you are trying to get out the door. If your daughter is constantly running back upstairs for a hair tie before cheerleading practice, keep a pack in her basket for her. If your son is always going back to the kitchen for a last minute snack while wearing his filthy cleats, keep a few granola bars or protein bars in his basket. This will save time and help keep the rest of your home clean.

Keep your mudroom or entryway mess free with these simple and helpful organizational tips. Once you have the proper accessories and a solid organization method, you and your family will love that all of their belongings have a place and are easily accessible.

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