Even though the mudroom is a great place to store those extra coats, jackets and shoes, it can attract clutter and become an unorganized mess. One way to keep this from happening is to add shelving, hooks, tables and cabinets to help keep the mudroom from becoming an eyesore.
Since the mudroom is generally the first room that a family enters when coming home from work or school, it can become a mess quickly if there are no places to put shoes or coats. First start by creating a pathway so the mudroom has a better flow from one end to the other and the family can walk through the room easily. Taking the time to designate different areas of the room for certain types of items such as a place to take off shoes and an area to sort mail or hang keys and backpacks.
One problem that families have in the mudroom is all the shoes that seem to accumulate over a short period of time. Nothing is more frustrating then trying to find a child’s shoes when they are running late for school. A good way to avoid this common problem is to go through all of the shoes in the mudroom and box up any shoes that are out of season. This will free up much needed space in the mudroom.
Installing shoe racks will help to keep shoes from being strung about the room. Shoe racks can be installed in a closet or can be placed next to the entry door for easy access. If the shoe racks are to be placed out in the open, make sure that a rug is placed underneath them. This will help to catch any mud or dirt and keep it from being tracked all over the house. Placing a bench next to the shoe rack also gives people a place to sit and take off their shoes.
Shelving and cabinets on the walls are a great way to use otherwise unused space. Many families find that this is a wonderful way to store hats and gloves. This will keep one from looking for that lost glove for several minutes in the morning. Some families also prefer to store cleaning products on higher shelves or cabinets in the mudroom. This keeps small children and pets from having access to cleaning products that could be harmful to them.
Since many mudrooms need to be multifunctional in a small space, they can sometimes feel crowded. Dividing the space into separate areas will help to utilize even small spaces in the room for maximum efficiency. Make sure that each space has it’s own shelving, cabinets, baskets, hooks and cubbies.