The mudroom is typically located at the back entry into the home. An organized mudroom will reduce your morning stress. Imagine a morning in which no one is searching for keys, shoes, or homework? Isn’t that a beautiful moment? A mudroom with shoe rack will prevent mud and debris from being tracked across the house, thus saving you precious time in cleaning.
Every mudroom has a few basic essentials to make really work for you.
Here are the essential top five elements:
- You need hooks and racks to store your coats, umbrellas, backpacks, briefcases and purses. But if you have children, the mudroom needs to be designed with them in mind. Hooks should be placed at comfortable heights for adults and children.
- A bench makes removing your shoes easy. Benches could double as storage units with spaces for shoes to be stored. Leaving your shoes in the mudroom and switch into a pair of slippers upon entry.
- You will also need a few cubbies to store hats, gloves, scarves and other smaller items. Have a cubby, basket or box for every member of the family.
- A storage space for basic sport equipment is also an essential. No more “Moooom, where is my basketball?!”
- The mudroom makes a great family command center. Add a calendar and folder file to the wall. With a dry erase calendar everyone can see in a glance which member of the family is going where at what time. Permission slips are never lost. Add a hook for keys.
A few extra points to consider are a laundry room addition if space provides so dirty clothes can go straight into the washer. And if you do install a laundry room within the mudroom, then add a large sink where pets with muddy paws may be cleaned before entering the rest of the house. Tile floors are also a great addition, making it easy to clean up on dreary days.
A well-organized mudroom with a place for everything and everything in its place will prevent clutter from building up; saving you time daily and providing for some stress free living.