Wouldn’t it be nice if we could snap our fingers and magically have projects completed? [insert big sigh here] There are so very, very many projects that need to be done at the Dream House: gardens need to be planted, bees need to be tended (children too), art work needs to be hung on walls, and rooms need to be decorated. In the case of the mudroom, which is a complete blank slate, we are long on plans and short on time. But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming. On the contrary, I know pretty much exactly what I want our mudroom to look like when it’s finished…whenever that might be! I want to keep the mudroom fairly neutral and natural. I want it to be bright, clean, and well-organized. If I could wake up tomorrow to a finished mudroom, here are the features I would want it to have…
- a paneled wall, painted white: While the house was still under construction, my husband mentioned that he wanted to install horizontal paneling in the mudroom (someday) and paint it white. And I thought, “Good grief, I’ve married a genius!” I love the idea and think it will add brightness and a subtle, understated texture to the room. (photo from Dandee Designs)
- double wall hooks: In my last post, I said, “The more hooks, the better.” And seriously, I think that’s my new mantra. I want not one, but two rows of double hooks so that coats, scarves, hats, and backpacks have a place to go that isn’t the floor. (photo from Home Depot)
- lower baskets: We already have five baskets and just need one more so that everyone has a place to store sunglasses or frisbees or stuffed animals or sunscreen–all those little odds and ends that need corralling. (photo from Pottery Barn)
- a long bench with room for storage: A nice bench (ours will mostly likely be homemade) provides a place for those storage baskets to go and gives everyone a place to sit to put on shoes. (photo fromPottery Barn)
- vinyl flooring that looks like rustic barnwood: I love the look of hardwood flooring. We put it in our entryway and dining room, and it looks beautiful. But the mudroom floor gets pretty messy, especially during our muddy Oregon winters. I love that this vinyl floor is ridiculous tough, super easy to clean, and really nice looking. It really does look like rustic barnwood; I’ve even started using our sample piece to take pictures on for my blog, and you can’t tell at all! (photo fromMetroflor)
One of my favorite things about the Dream House is the mudroom. Our old house didn’t have anything like a mudroom. The laundry room was basically a hallway, and the back door went straight into the kitchen. Our only options for jackets, backpacks, and muddy boots were the garage and just inside the front door, and neither of those is an ideal option. When we started looking at floor plans for the Dream House, a spacious mudroom was at the top of the list of must haves. Now our mudroom has the potential to be one of my favorite rooms in the whole house! It’s location is perfect: it is accessible from the front yard, the backyard, the garage, and the kitchen. It’s size is generous: there’s enough room for storing both the things we’re currently using and out-of-season items. And it’s incredibly useful: wood-look vinyl flooring and a big utility sink make cleanup a breeze.
Right now, the mudroom is still very much a blank slate. It’s technically finished: flooring, trim, paint, utilities, etc. are all installed and good to go. But we haven’t personalized it at all or added any of the things to it that we want or plan to add. We’re still trying to figure out what storage needs we have and how to best meet those needs. While we figure that out, I’m having a great time looking for mudroom inspiration. There are some gorgeous mudrooms out there with genius storage ideas. Here are a few examples that I’ve fallen in love with so far…
You’ll probably notice some similarities in all of these mudroom pictures. #1–upper storage: Some have cabinets, some have cubbies, but all of these fantastic mudroom ideas have upper storage options. This is a great place to add a few decorative touches, or to keep items that don’t get used every day. #2–hooks: In our current mudroom state, jackets, bags, and hats end up scattered across the floor. The more hooks the better, in my opinion. Installing a couple of rows of hooks or pegs will make a huge difference and keep everything looking shipshape. We actually bought a dozen inexpensive, heavy duty double hooks right after we moved in, we just haven’t gotten around to installing them yet! #3–lower storage: whether we go with cubbies, baskets, or bins, a designated place for balls, outside toys, shoes, and boots is invaluable.
The organizer in me is ridiculously excited to get our dream mudroom underway and organized. Do you guys have any great tips for mudroom storage or organization, anything that works especially well for your family? I’d love to hear!
Trend: Clever Storage Ideas For Your Outdoor Space
The web is the perfect space to find organizing ideas for your home and life. So many talented people out there with wonderful (and sometimes crazy) ideas. Below you’ll find 10 DIY’s to organize your backyard or any outdoor space this Spring. There are organizing solutions for tool storage, all the way to kid toy storage. I’m really love the combo potting and party table (the first image below). Use it for your everyday planting needs, then switch it over to a party table when your friends come over! Perfect.
I love this dual purpose potting table/party table, from Dream Green DIY.
Hide those ugly AC units (or garbage cans) with this DIY, from HousePet.
Make a outdoor storage coffee table with a giant bucket and some wood, from A Place to Nest.
With a bit of paint and time you can turn an old boring plastic storage bench into THIS lovely piece of storage furniture, from I Heart Organizing.
Use two vintage coat hooks to store your hose, from BHG.
Make this mini garden box for all your hand tools and place it right in your garden, from The Family Handyman.
Create this outdoor bar (with wine glass storage) for your backyard entertaining, from Life Designed.
While this isn’t exactly an outdoor storage solution, this DIY Curved Bench will be the perfect spot to sit once your backyard is all organized, from A Beautiful Mess.
Did you find any projects that you want to recreate? I sure did. Happy organizing to you!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Trend: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget
Every time we hit the New Year, I have this crazy obsession with organizing everything in my home. I feel like the best place to start this year is the kichen. We spend a lot of time in there and it can get messy fast. Below you’ll find 10 great ideas to get your kitchen cleaned up and organized for the New Year.
Storing food in clear jars and containers looks so much nicer than a bunch of boxes, from The Paper Mama for Home Depot.
With some small pieces of wood and a bit of glue, you can easily create an organized drawer, from Lapsus Humanus.
Use a pegboard to organize your most used kitchen items, A Beautiful Mess.
Make and attach a spice rack to the back of a pantry door, Shanty 2 Chic.
A tabletop paper towel stand could be use for cookie cutter organization, from BHG.
Meal Plan Board DIY, The Paper Mama for HP Create.
Tension rods are the perfect solution to prop up those awkward trays and cookie sheets, BHG.
Take advantage of that unused space above the refrigerator with a DIY cubby, from Shanty 2 Chic.
Under the cupboard recipe book/tablet holder DIY! It folds right up under the cupboard when you’re done, from Sawdust and Embryos.
Get the fruit off the counter with this DIY hanging fruit basket, from Living Simply.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Trend: Simple Makeup Organization for Small Spaces
Flat surfaces are in high demand at my home. We don’t have enough storage space, so my husband and I are constantly coming up with low cost organization ideas. This time around I tackled my makeup and brushes. I typically keep all of these items in a big bag and it’s hard to find exactly what I’m looking for, so we moved my makeup to the inside of the bathroom cabinet door! This little space saver project makes it 100% easier to find what I need, saves shelf room, and it takes no time at all to put together.
- One metal tray. Note: I don’t have a ton of makeup, so I used this small bathroom tray from Target. You can also use baking sheets (they come in all sorts of sizes).
- 2 – 3 acrylic cups (these are from Target)
- magnetic strip
- hot glue
- Command Picture Hanging Strips (I used the 12lb. medium strips)
Gather the makeup you use most often. Use the hot glue gun to attach a strip of magnet to the back of each piece.
Tip: these magnetic strips can’t hold anything too heavy, but can easily hold up light shadows and mascara. If you have heavy items, put them in one of the acrylic cups.
Clean the cupboard door, back of the tray, and cups. When these are dry, follow the Command Strip directions to apply to the back of the cups and tray. Then, attach the tray to the cupboard door.
Put away all your makeup and enjoy!
Do you have any organization ideas for the new year?
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
DIY Toy Bin Labels
We are headed toward the Christmas season, and if you have a kiddo that means a lot of new goodies to lay around on their bedroom floor. Not this year! We have been making over our daughter’s room (I’ll share some photos when we are all done, it’s pretty cute), so we have a bunch of new containers for toy storage. To help her out I made these printable toy bin labels so she can easily find any toy she’s looking for, plus these labels make clean up easier.
Supplies needed to make these labels:
- Toy containers
- Free Printable Toy Label Frames (I made a few for you to print out for free, or you can make your own) Blank, One, Two, Three, Four, & Five
- Paper to print the labels onto, or printable sticker sheets
- Optional: laminating sheets, yarn, or double sided tape
Decide what you want to do with your labels. Will they be stickers? Or, maybe you could print them onto paper and seal them with laminate sheets? You could also just print them onto card stock paper and use some strong double sided tape to keep the label on. Another idea: take some photos of the toys, print them out, and add them to each label (makes it easier for kids that aren’t quite reading yet).
Want some more ideas (or free printables) for toy organization? Check out these toy bin labels from around the web:
- Toy Bin Tags, from Lily Jane.
- Square Toy Bucket Labels, from BHG.
- Chalkboard Pen Tags, from Balancing Home.
- Laminated Toy Labels, from It’s Overflowing.
Have a wonderful Thursday!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama