One thing I long for in our home is a larger space I can officially call a “mudroom”. We have a very small closet near our back entry and we use it as a place to kick off our shoes or hang up coats, but it would be really nice to have a unique space dedicated solely to the task of corralling all of our shoes, boots, and outerwear each day.
A true mudroom is a dream come true for many families with children enrolled in sports or involved in the daily activities of coming and going from school. What are the essentials for any multitasking mudroom space? Here are five of my favorites.
Bins and Baskets in Lockers or Cubbies. A labeled basket and locker or cubby specified for each family member is a great way to keep it all organized! Avoid the frantic search for jackets, shoes, or backpacks when everyone has a space of their own.
Handy Hooks for Hanging. Hooks maximize the use of vertical wall space and provide grab and go convenience for when you’re ready to head out the door.
Clever Clotheslines. Winter rain and snow guarantee wet attire and outerwear when family arrives back home. Installing a clothesline in a dedicated zone means you have a place to hang moist clothing so it dries in time for the next day’s activities.
Beneficial Benches. Whether your bench is freestanding or built in, a bench is that one small piece of furniture that is essential for putting on or taking off shoes and boots at day’s end.
A Welcoming Wall. The good news is that mudrooms or entries don’t require much real estate to serve a very useful purpose. If you have a blank wall in your entry, a bench between two bookcases coupled with a few hooks above is all you need to create for a multitasking storage zone.
A freestanding bench with contemporary legs pairs with a wood hook rail and transforms a small hall into a practical entry with less than 5 feet of wall space.
Hooks, benches, cubbies, baskets, and clever uses of wall space are the essentials to getting the most use out of an entry. Do you have a mudroom in your home? What are the tools you use to make it work best for you and your family?
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