Tried and True Tips for A Functional and Stylish Family Mudroom
It’s the end of the day and everyone enters the house at once. They toss their backpacks on the floor. They pile their hats and coats on any nearby chair. Shoes form a knotted mess in the corner. If that sounds like your nightmare, and quite possibly your reality, today’s blog is definitely for you.
The truth is that family mudrooms are essential spaces in a home, but unless you plan them well and there’s a space for everything, the overflowing mess takes over in a matter of seconds. The good news, though, is that creating a functional mudroom is absolutely attainable. You simply need to implement a few tried and true tips and you’ll be well on your way to a clutter-free home that once again reclaims its style kudos.
Have you ever tried to (unsuccessfully) cram a million coats and bags into a hallway closet? Then you know that it just isn’t conducive to the needs of an activity-filled household. There never seem to be enough hangers and everything usually ends up on the floor by day’s end. That’s why hooks are a must have for a mudroom. Not only can you fit so much more in a space, but everything is easily accessible and visible for everyone. No more fielding “Mom, where is my soccer bag” shouts. No more directing your significant other to the last place their briefcase was located. With hooks, you can display everything with ease. And that’s what we call magic.
We call mudrooms “mudrooms” for a reason, of course. Ideally, they are the one spot in the house where the family can track in mud, snow, leaves, and grass and stay without coating the rest of your floors in dirty odds and ends. So for this space, skip light rugs or easily-damaged flooring; instead, go for hardier surfaces like tile or LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile or Planks), or if you have hardwood floors, be sure to add an easy-to-clean rug to catch any moisture or dirt. The more you can truly make this a “mud” room, the better.
Having a bench – small or large – in your mudroom is as essential as having a sofa in your living room. Everyone needs a spot to put on their shoes, and in a pinch, it also serves as a temporary spot to set groceries or your bag down as you enter the house. Whether you opt for a built-in number or a stand alone piece of furniture, do yourself a favor and make sure to put this one at the top of your list – we promise it’ll make your life so much easier.
Drawers & Cupboards
While it ispossible to have a perfectly-organized mudroom, we’ll admit that with a busy family in tow, it’s not quite realistic to expect it to be picture perfect at all times. That’s why ensuring you have a few drawers, cupboards, baskets, and catchall spaces to quickly tuck away odds and ends and extra mess is a must. Got company coming over unexpectedly? Throw it all behind a closed door. Finally get a chance to put away the kids’ shoes after bedtime, but don’t have the energy for a full clean? Toss them in a basket and call it a day. Deep cleans aren’t necessarily every day, and simple organizational solutions will work wonders.
Every home typically has a space where we collect reminders, appointments, invitations, mail, and more. And that tends to be a corner of the kitchen counter. But why not dedicate a part of your mudroom to those tasks and to-do lists instead? Something as straightforward as a wall calendar, whiteboard, or cork board will do the trick. Wall-mounted file folder containers or baskets are great, too, for tracking things like permission slips or bills.
So, are you ready to tackle your mudroom to give it the functional pizazz it so desperately needs? Ready to finally feel like there’s a bit of order to the family-filled chaos of everyday life? Our tips are guaranteed to help, and as always, we’re here if you need a designer’s eye – after all, every home deserves a perfectly-tailored mudroom so your entire family can function as smoothly as possible, no matter what’s on the calendar for the week.
By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design
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