Making the Most of Your Mudroom
With kids back in school and fall activities starting up, this is a great time to take a look at your mudroom. Is it working for you? Is it efficient and organized? Does it help you get out the door in the morning or is it holding you back?
When organized properly and used effectively, a mudroom can be a great place to organize all those things that would otherwise end up on the kitchen table or the living room floor. However, you have to be careful that it does not turn in to a messy catch all room.
Do not overcrowd your mudroom with furniture. A bench, a simple armoire, and a small table are all you need to outfit an extremely functional mudroom. Built in cabinets, drawers, lockers, hooks, and shelves are lifesavers. Each member of the family can have an assigned area where their stuff is kept. This prevents mix ups over binders, baseball gloves, and lunch bags. Labeled shelves can also hold important paperwork that cannot be forgotten on the way out the door. Hooks will keep coats, bags, umbrellas, and other accessories off the floor. Make sure some hooks are low enough for children to reach.
Flooring should be hard and durable. Slate or ceramic tile can withstand the daily wear and tear that a mudroom sees. Lighting should be accessible the minute you walk in the door so that you are not fumbling to put things away while reaching for a light. A sink is a wonderful addition and can be used for clean up after gardening or sports so that you avoid tracking dirt into the house. Also, if it is possible to add windows, go for it. The more natural light the better. A mudroom should be a place where you feel happy entering and leaving.
The most important thing to remember when setting up your mudroom is make it work for you. If your household is centered around sports, then big bins will be more functional than wooden shelves. If you have curious children and pets, then open storage may not be the way to go. If your needs are less utilitarian, then don’t be afraid to create a mudroom that is decorated for style like the room below. Consider your household and make your mudroom work for your family and home.