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Planning a Mudroom

Use these tips to organize a mudroom to accommodate how your family lives.

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8 Tips for Effective Entryway Storage

When planning a mudroom, think about how your family lives, and design a space to fit those needs. The most common spot for a mudroom is just inside the garage or a back entry. But the best place for a mudroom is where your family most commonly enters and leaves the house. 

 

1. Make it work.
If you're remodeling, a mudroom does not have to be a single room; it can be a cluster of hardworking spaces. An adjacent pantry, laundry room, and/or closet for brooms, mops, vacuums, and cleaning supplies will create a center for household management.

2. Take inventory.
List the things your family takes in and out of the house every day, and then outfit the space accordingly. Include a cabinet, cubby, locker, or set of hooks for each family member. Additional cabinets for miscellaneous items come in handy too.

3. Get organized. 

Include a message center or even a desk area. Save space with a cabinet that combines a chalkboard on the front and a bulletin board inside. You'll have a convenient communication hub and get all those flyers off the refrigerator.

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5. Focus on durability.
Stone or tile floors and laminate cabinets will look good after years of exposure to wet raincoats and muddy boots.

6. Remember your friends.
Include a few extra hooks for your friends' coats and bags. Add a bench as a comfortable perch for putting on and taking off shoes.

7. Plan for pets.
Hooks for leashes and baskets for toys will come in handy. A boot wash can double as a bathing spot for Fido.

8. Think Seasonally

You won't want to have to dig past boots and scarves to get to flip-flops and water wings when the pool is calling your name in the summer months. Make a plan to transition your mudroom for the season and stow away off-season gear in another location. 

Cool Project: Make an Entry Organizer

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