The mudroom can be an under-appreciated, high-traffic area of the home. With children and other family members entering and leaving through this room, it can easily become a mess and make it harder to get your family ready. When scrambling to get the kids ready for school or practice, having a mudroom tailored to your family's needs can make a world of difference in getting everyone out the door on time. When well organized, it can also be instrumental in maintaining order in the rest of the home by providing places to effortlessly store belongings after a long day.
One critical function of a mudroom is storing items that are used on a daily basis. Jackets, shoes, hats, and more are easy to grab on the way out the door. This also helps the rest of the house stay clean. Dirty shoes and dripping jackets will not enter the house and will not track dirt and water.
Customize Your Storage Solutions
Stacking Drawers allow you to create a custom solution for your family's storage needs. With three sizes that stack, it is easy to create a storage unit that perfectly fits in the available space. The 6 Quart Stacking Drawer
is a great size for shoes, while the 16 Quart Stacking Drawer
and 27 Quart Stacking Drawer
offer solutions for larger items. Designate a drawer for each family member or for each type of item, like hats or umbrellas, so that items are easy to find and put away. Swapping these items out seasonally can also help to maximize space in small mudrooms. In the summer, organize the flip-flops and rain gear; as winter approaches switch them out for scarves and gloves.
Keep Mess Out
The mudroom is also an ideal place to store outdoor goods. Sporting gear will be easy to grab when rushing out the door to practice, and kids will not trek through the house with their dirty, smelly gear when they return home. Having a designated and easily-accessible area for storing these things will also encourage children to put them away when they finish practicing in the backyard. To maximize storage, use a shelf like the Sterilite 4 Shelf Unit
to make use of vertical space. For families with a pool, the mudroom is also a great place to store a few spare towels. Children can lack the foresight to bring a towel when they are excited to go swimming. Having a few towels on the shelf that they can easily grab will prevent them from making puddles as they walk through the house searching for a towel.
Set Up Organization Systems
Setting up a mail sorting station in the mudroom can also help to keep your home organized. When you first walk through the door after a long day, mail is thrown on the countertop or table where it creates clutter and can even get lost. Having a basket or even a file box will encourage family members to sort and safely store the mail when they first return home. In combination with a mail sorting station, establishing a recycling center can help keep the house clean. Place a wastebasket
in the mudroom so that you can immediately put the junk mail or cardboard boxes from packages straight into the recycling before they ever make it into the house.
While the mudroom is not top of mind when thinking about organizing, taking some small steps can make a world of difference. The key to success is reflecting on the needs of your family and making smart storage choices. With the appropriate storage solutions, the mudroom will not only serve your family but also help keep the rest of the house clean.