Autumn is here, and winter's shorter days and even chillier weather are on the way. Are you ready to spend more time indoors? Is your home ready? One way you can make your home more inviting than ever is by updating the first place people step into when they walk in – the mudroom. To help get you started, we've compiled five smart organization tips that will transform your mudroom from a disaster area for shoes, hats, scarves and coats into a smart and inviting entryway into your cozy home.
1. Create space for everyone
It's easy to make sure there's a place for everyone's gear with these smart mudroom ideas from Susan Teare and BHG.com. Use your DIY skills to transform an old dresser into a place to store your family's outdoor necessities such as boots, gloves, scarves, sunglasses, and more. You could also build individual cubbies for family members to store their coats, sports gear, shoes, etc.
2. Keep it neat with pegs and hooks
Attach antique hooks or decorative pegs to add a touch of style like in this Sarah Richardson-styled mudroom. This seemingly simple addition can make your morning routine much easier by keeping essentials like bags and umbrellas in plain sight and off the floor.
Design by Sarah Richardson
3. Think ceiling to floor
Maximize your space by building ceiling-to-floor storage spaces like these designs by Traci Zeller and Fiorella Design. In her mudroom design, Traci Zeller uses hooks, baskets, and drawers to keep everything organized inside a large armoire. The Fiorella Design mudroom turns an awkward corner into a valuable storage spot utilizing a similar ceiling-to-floor technique.
Design by Traci Zeller
4. Have a seat
Create an inviting and welcoming entryway into your home by adding a bench. Place baskets on top to store go-to items like umbrellas, hats, and scarves. The bench could also double as the perfect spot to take off or put on shoes that are neatly tucked underneath.
Design by Sarah Richardson
Image courtesy of BHG.com
5. Turn one room into two
Create a multi-functional mudroom to make the most of your living space. In this smart design by Emily Fisher of Rock, Paper, Hammer, a mudroom doubles as a laundry room complete with a sink and cubbies for everyone in the family. Similarly, HGTV Interior Designer Linda Woodrum uses locker-style cabinetry to hide a washer and dryer unit on one side and hooks on the other for hanging this family's outdoor essentials. Perfect uses of space if your mudroom and basement or breezeway need to occupy the same space.
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