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Every home needs a landing place – that spot for bags, keys, gardening shoes or sports equipment that really doesn’t have a spot anywhere else (and otherwise accumulates on your kitchen floor). It serves a different and far more functional purpose than your front entryway and needs to be able to take a beating on the regular. But even if you don’t have a dedicated mudroom, you can still integrate a few of these ideas into your own space.

Without a doubt, functional storage is the number one need in a mudroom. Whether it be hooks, a garment rack, individual cubbies, drawers, shelves or baskets, make a place for every member of the family to stash their stuff. I’m personally a fan of having lots of hooks as it’s super easy for small kids to hang up their own things.

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Speaking of smart storage, the mesh cabinet fronts are a clever way to keep stinky sports equipment (or shoes!) properly airing out even while staying stashed. Install some pretty sconces to add out-of-the-way lighting.

laura burleson mudroom

Laura Burleson

I love how clean and modern this particular mudroom is. A double shoe rack on the bottom and individual cubbies clearly delineate each family member’s space. The flooring is easy to keep clean which is crucial — definitely avoid carpet or rugs that you can’t easily toss into the washing machine. Include a mat outside the door for everyone to wipe their shoes on as it will catch the majority of the dirt/sand/mud being tracked in.

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Emily A. Clark

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Consider adding a bench into your design to provide a place to sit down and remove those muddy boots. It’s easy to integrate drawers or additional storage underneath the bench.

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If you don’t like the idea of always looking at the mudroom clutter, consider putting doors on the front of the individual cubbies. This grey mudroom below feels organized merely because everything is hidden behind those doors! Remember how everyone was taking the cupboard doors off their kitchen cabinets a few years ago? Open cubbies can often function much like open kitchen cabinets with no doors; you’ll have to keep it shipshape at all times if you’re prone to anxiety over visual clutter.

greige mudroom

City Farmhouse

This may be my most favorite mudroom ever. The mudroom could be a fun place to experiment with interesting tile that you might not want to commit to in the rest of the house. And how about that incredible skylight?

this old house mudroom

This Old House

I am so inspired by all of these gorgeous mudrooms – time to start getting organized before the schoolyear starts!


It is always my goal to bust the myth that “organizing is expensive”. Technically speaking, the act of organizing is free. You may even find yourself earning money during the process. It is the storage needed to complete the organizing projects that is typically costly. However, beautiful storage does not have to cause monetary pain. All you need is Craigslist or a thrift store paired with a little creativity and you can create some fairly inexpensive solutions to everyday storage problems. Let’s take a look at a few examples of fantastic furniture makeovers that didn’t break the bank, yet are excitingly unique.

Filing Cabinet Makeover

Let’s begin with one of my favorite transformations right away. Old metal filing cabinets are a dime a dozen at general thrift stores, but do you see what some spray paint and a remnant piece of stone can do? Not only is the filing system unique; it also boasts four total drawers while doubling as the perfect drop zone location.

Beautiful Jar Storage DIY

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Another hot item that can be found in just about every kitchen is a canning jar. Now we all know that canning jars are darling and can be used for endless storage purposes, but take a look at what the addition of some paint and hardware can do. These sweet jars look like they came straight from the shelves of the beautiful neighborhood boutique.

Bookcase Bathroom DIY

Bookcases and hutches typically land at the top of my favorite storage furniture list. They can easily be utilized in any room of the house; their versatility truly knows no bounds. Above, a dated hutch is now acting as a makeshift linen closet thanks to the help of some paint and blingy hardware.

Bookcase Craft Storage DIY

While this bookcase shows that a few minor modifications will create an entirely different storage purpose. Dowels really took this bookcase to new organizational heights for a variety of craft and gift wrapping supplies.

Frame Dowel DIY

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If space is a concern, dowels continue to work as inexpensive craft organization when paired with everyday photo frames. Let’s all vow to never pay full price for a decorative frame again; typically the older they are, the better their style!

Bookcase Island DIY

How about combining two console tables with four casters to create a mobile kitchen island? Extra work surface, added storage and mobility? It’s a kitchen trifecta!

Dresser to Desk DIY

Sure, paint is an instant game changer for most furniture makeovers. However, hardware can also do wonders for everyday pieces. Above, the addition of some simple hinges turned a common dresser into a one-of-a- kind desk!

Cabinet to Child

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Let’s not forget our younger pals, the craft desk above was created by modifying a standard kitchen cabinet!

Entryway Media Center Coat Storage DIY

Another make-you-smile spot for the kids can be created in your home’s entryway with the help of a repurposed media cabinet.

Garden Center DIY

Finally, think outside of your home’s walls. There are many wonderful exterior paints and polyurathanes on the market that allow furniture to function big out on your patio or front porch. Pair a variety of hooks and organizers with an old cabinet and your gardening routine just became even more lively.

So what do you think? Have I convinced you to search Craigslist and thrift stores for all of your storage needs?


Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

Trend: Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

It’s time to Spring clean and maybe get ready for a much needed garage sale. I know just the thought of organizing the whole home sounds exhausting, but decluttering doesn’t have to be stressful. Start the process with a plan and don’t worry about finishing it all at once! Where do you begin? I like to start with a room that we use most often and then I set up a little organizing station so I can easily organize the stuff I’m going through while I’m cleaning. I always have a trash bag, donate box, consignment box, and a keep box (anything that goes in the keep box gets put away right after I’m done organizing). I also like to tackle one room at a time, but if I don’t have much time to clean I’ll just work on one section of a room, like the closet.

When you’re going through stuff at home there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Does this clothing item still fit me? If it doesn’t, get rid of it.
  2. Have I worn this clothing item in the last year? If no, donate or sell.
  3. Do I use this item? If no, figure out if there is somewhere you can use it, or get rid of it.
  4. Is this item broken? If it is, is it worth fixing?
  5. If I’m ready to get rid of this item do I donate it, or try to sell it? I like to bring some of my clothing items to a local consignment shop. If we are getting rid of larger home items sometimes we will try to sell it online. If you don’t have time to do that in the next month, donate.

Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

If you want to keep on top of organizing throughout the whole year, set up labeled baskets (using my free printable sorting signs) in your home so you can easily toss items you no longer need into these organized categories. I always have a donate and consignment basket ready to go in my laundry room. Click here to download my “keep, trash, consign, and donate” signs and click here to download my “garage sale, sell online, too big, and too small” signs. I printed my signs onto card stock, cut them out, and used some string to hang the sign from the baskets. If you want the sign to last longer, laminate it.

Sorting Signs

If you ARE getting ready for a garage sale, I’ve also made some printable “SALE” arrows for you to use. Print the out onto card stock, then cut them out.

Printable Sale Signs

Are you ready to Spring clean and get ready for summer with an organized home? I hope my tips helped!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

We are still fresh into the new year, but some people (ahem, me) are already starting to ditch their New Year’s resolutions. Let’s not let that happen. One of my goals is to keep up with meal plans so my family and I can eat healthy and we stick to our grocery budget. I do have a 3 month old baby so that’s a valid excuse for slacking a bit on this goal, but I will not give up yet. I created some easy to use Weekly Meal Planner free printables to help keep this resolution going. The printable has a space to write out your meal idea for each day and there’s even a space for the shopping list for that week.

To keep me on top of this resolution, I used Command Strips to attach three cute clip boards to the wall and I put my meal plans on these boards. I can plan out our meals and shopping list for the next three weeks. Guaranteed this will bring our dinner stress levels down. We don’t usually plan out our breakfast and lunches (we tend to eat the same thing for all of those meals), but there’s plenty of room in each daily meal plan space to write out your breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.

Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

If you prefer reusable planners you can laminate or frame this printable and use dry erase markers for your meal plan sheet. Just take a photo of your shopping list before you head to the store, and you’re good! The printable menu comes in three colors: black and white, orange and blue, and colorful. Click on those links to download your own free Weekly Meal Planner printables. Be sure to click “scale to fit” before printing.

Need more inspiration to keep those resolutions? Below I’ve shared a couple of neat ideas to organize your life.

This command center will help you keep track of all the activities your family has coming up. Found on Beneath My Heart.

This command center will help you keep track of all the activities your family has coming up. Found on Beneath My Heart.

Keep your mail, coupons, and homework organized and easy to find with a folder rack. Found on Mom on Timeout.

Keep your mail, coupons, and kids homework organized and easy to find with folder rack. Found on Mom on Timeout.

You know what drives me nuts? Toys laying all over the house. Instead of running the toys back to my daughter’s room each time I pick up the living room, I can just toss them in a bag with her name on it. She can put those toys back in her room every couple of days instead of me. That’s a win. This family command chores center was found on The Yellow Cape Cod.

This family command chores center was found on The Yellow Cape Cod.

What resolutions did you make this year, and have you stuck with them?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


14 Closet Organization Ideas on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Trend: 14 Closet Organization Ideas

An organized closet can really change a home. Sure, a closet is typically closed off from the rest of the house, but if it’s organized and clean you’ll smile each time you open that door. Below I’ve gathered 14 Closet Organization Ideas to inspire you to organize your home.

1) This linen closet makeover is amazing and inspiring, from Fox Hollow Cottage.

This linen closet makeover is amazing and inspiring, from Fox Hollow Cottage.

2) Use file organizers to sort the towels in your bathroom closet. Found on The Real Thing With The Coake Family.

Use file organizers to sort the towels in your bathroom closet. Found on The Real Thing With The Coake Family.

3) Can you believe this closet was made for $50? I’m impressed. Check out how Design Build Love here.

Can you believe this closet was made for $50? I'm impressed. Check out how Design Build Love here.

4) If your closet is big enough, install a peg board onto the wall to organize your accessories. Found on Martha Stewart.

If your closet is big enough, install a peg board onto the wall to organize your accessories. Found on Martha Stewart.

5) I love this idea for storing hampers. They are in the closet and slide in and out. So clever! Found on Around the Farmhouse Table.

I love this idea for storing hampers. They are in the closet and slide in and out. So clever! Found on Around the Farmhouse Table.

6) This isn’t exactly an organizing tip, but a beautiful closet would make me want to keep it organized and clean. Adding paint to the interior really adds a pop to your room each time you open it up! Found on Classy Clutter.

This isn't exactly an organizing tip, but a beautiful closet would make me want to keep it organized and clean. Adding paint to the interior really adds a pop to your room each time you open it up! Found on Classy Clutter.

7) Storing shoes in clear boxes make it easier to find the perfect shoe for your night out, on Better Homes and Gardens.

Storing shoes in clear boxes make it easier to find the perfect shoe for your night out, on Better Homes and Gardens.

8) If you don’t want to buy a bunch of clear containers for shoe storage, check out this shoe rack IKEA hack, found on Curbly.

If you don't want to buy a bunch of clear containers for shoe storage, check out this shoe rack IKEA hack, found on Curbly.

9) This post is full of great tips for organizing your closet, on Finding Home Farms.

This post is full of great tips for organizing your closet, on Finding Home Farms.

10) Adding a door organizer to the back of a closet door will really add storage space to the closet, from My Sweet Savannah Blog.

Adding a door organizer to the back of a closet door will really add storage space to the closet, from My Sweet Savannah Blog.

11) I always have a hard time storing purses. If I put them in a box, I forget about them. If they sit on a shelf they just fall out all over the place. Better Homes and Gardens uses a tension rod and shower curtain rings to display purses, found over here.

I always have a hard time storing purses. If I put them in a box, I forget about them. If they sit on a shelf they just fall out all over the place. Better Homes and Gardens uses a tension rod and shower curtain rings to display purses, found over here.

12) I have a ton of tights and this idea is great. Hang a row of clothes pins on the wall and hang tights from them, from Lana Red Studio.

I have a ton of tights and this idea is great. Hang a row of clothes pins on the wall and hang tights from them, from Lana Red Studio.

13) These bungee cord hangers are perfect for all those sunglasses I have, from Brit and Co.

These bungee cord hangers are perfect for all those sunglasses I have, from Brit and Co.

14) Do you have some items that need to be stored in boxes? Dress up those boxes in cute fabric and maybe take a photo of yourself wearing the contents so you know what’s in there. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

Do you have some items that need to be stored in boxes? Dress up those boxes in cute fabric and maybe take a photo of yourself wearing the contents so you know what's in there. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


We all have habits we need to break (“I’ll get to it”) and habits we need to acquire (“It shouldn’t take too long”). Now’s the time to get a jump start on maintaining a clutter-free home by organizing the spaces you neglected in 2015. We discovered stylish and affordable storage solutions from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart to help you keep a tidy home year round. The BHG Live Better Network of Bloggers were challenged to share creative organization and storage hacks and have revealed clever tips and project ideas that will help you tackle clutter and organize chaotic spaces for every room in your home.

1. Tight on closet space? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife installed hanging shelves to maximize space in her 1938 cottage. Mix and match boxes, baskets and bins and be sure to leave room for your favorite collectibles.

2. Taryn Whitaker from Design Dining and Diapers recommends placing all of your utensils in a canister for easy everyday access. Here, she personalizes her Kitchen Storage accessories with simple DIY typography accents.

3. Let Shannon Fox from Fox Hollow Cottage show you how to give your closet the overhaul it deserves. See how she uses the Better Homes and Gardens 11-Compartment Hanging Closet Organizer  to create a functional space for all of her favorite items.

4. A pop of color and a touch of personality, this Square 4-Cube Organizer with 4 Collapsible Fabric Bins styled by Jamielyn Nye from I Heart Naptime helps minimize her son’s messy after school tendencies.

5. Emily Allison from Décorchick tamed her kitchen junk drawer with a simple fix. Declutter the mess with chic and affordable fabric organizers you can find at your local Walmart.

 

6. Don’t let your clothes hang over the chair in your closet, consider replacing it with a Round Tufted Storage Ottoman. Debbie Westbrooks from Refresh Restyle uses her ottoman for storing pillows and out of season clothing (and it looks great too!)

7. Anna Moseley from Ask Anna squeezed in extra storage under her daughter’s lofted bed to create a tidy and creative hideaway. Consider placing decorative pillows atop the 3-Cube Organizer with 2 Collapsible Fabric Storage Bins to be used as a reading perch or extra seating for your little ones.

8. Monica Benavidez from Monica Wants It brightened up her closet space with Better Homes and Gardens cube organizers. Closet organization requires little time and frees up space you never thought you had.

9. Randi Dukes from Dukes and Duchesses retired her old plastic laundry hamper for a stylish Square Caged Hamper on wheels. This easy to wheel hamper is the perfect addition for an industrial style laundry room look.

10. Kim Demmon from Today’s Creative Life used Flip Tite containers to establish a more efficient pantry for the whole family to enjoy. Rid your pantry of half eaten boxes and mix and match container sizes to make the most of your kitchen storage.

11. Chris Nease from Celebrations at Home masters drawer organization by featuring one drawer five ways. This bamboo piece offers enough room to organize a myriad of items and spaces in any drawer throughout your home.

 

12. Select furniture that is versatile and can be used in the kitchen, craft room or garage. This wire cart used by Kimberly Sneed from A Night Owl Blog is suitable for produce and includes cube storage and labels to make organization a breeze.

13. Designate a basket in your living room to hold fun pillows and throws. Camille Simmons from Planning Pretty recommends using a Hyacinth Cube Basket for added storage.

14. Gloribell Lebron from I Don’t Know How She Does It shares five tips for a clutter-free kitchen including the use of this owl lantern, good for indoor or outdoor use.

15. Update your kitchen decor with clear canisters for a perfect addition to any counter, shelf or pantry space. Amy Clark from Mom Advice used an Acacia Wood-Top Jar to rearrange her open shelving unit.

For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens.

 

 


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