Subscribe

>> Blog Home

Posts

Blog Calendar

SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19
20
2122232425
262728293031 





Sign Up!
Closet OS Newsletter

Closet Organizing Systems Blog

11 Tips for Getting Your Mudroom to Serve as the Master Organizer


If you don’t live in a city apartment – it’s likely you’ve got a house with a mudroom. Sports Mudroom

And I would define “mudroom” as being the first open space you enter as you come in – probably via the garage. It often has hooks for hanging coats and gear.

But it can be so much more with some thoughtful planning.

Following are some tips and questions to ask yourself if you’re trying to organize your mudroom:

1) Define your storage needs. How many people are going to need storage space within this space? Will each one have his/her own “locker” space?

2) Define which coats and outerwear are for casual, everyday wear and which are more formal. Store formal coats in the front coat closet if space in the mudroom is tight.
Sports Themed Mudroom
3) Some closed storage is essential if you’re trying to maintain some semblance of order. Consider an armoire or built-ins that can have open and closed options that are designed to accommodate your specific family needs.

4) Determine how you want to keep all the hats, gloves and scarves accessible yet organized. Pullout baskets are often the best solution because they allow air circulation in case items are damp.

5) Hooks. It’s not a mudroom without hooks. Inside lockers, divided into sections, along the wall (and above the heating vent), plan on space for hooks.

6) Incorporate seating for taking off and putting on shoes. Design it so there are a couple of shelves underneath for convenient shoe storage.

7) Mirrors add a nice touch and allow for a quick last look on the way out the door.

8) If this becomes the home for the recycle center, make sure it’s organized, easy and not completely open.

9) Consider a laundry basket/tilt hamper for items you know need to make it to the washing machine.

10) If you’re building new space or remodeling, incorporating a heating vent in this space will help dry wet mittens and coats.

11) If you’re really doggin’ it, have a “hose down” area to clean off the family pet after a rainy day walk.

Mudrooms are often referred to as “drop zones” for good reason. If yours deserves this title make sure you incorporate lots of hooks for backpacks, jackets and gear. Find a space for seating so you can sit down when taking your shoes on and off and have accessible spaces to store those shoes – like shelving beneath your bench.


Tags

makeup vanities 2014 closet color trends home office design Home and Garage Organization shelving and storage under the stairs create zones with design staircase sleeping nook challenging home organization solutions custom storage solutions create illusion of more space with mirrors reach-in closets vertical and horizontal storage space Chicago closet organizers closet organization systems awards multi-use office built in usb cable stations closet lighting master organizer bedroom wall unit hiding fuse box in closet Best Of Houzz 2015 Design Award organized media center pull out mirror angie's list award office wall unit attic closet solutions custom cabinets dressing room hiding wires with design pantry organization tips ambient lighting vanities Closets Magazine "Finding America's Best Rated Closets Companies" office organization bright color home decorating pantry organization Closets: utilize space under staircase maximize closet storage vintage garage design closet mirror with storage behind closet organization organizing tips media storage solutions multi-functional mudroom design boutique size walk in closet brass hardware antique decorating trends ribbon storage ideas cover up computer and lighting wires closetos new website design garage design designing with mirrors shared closet organization eliminate electronic cable clutter custom garage design solutions home office organization tricks to make small spaces feel bigger man cave updates reorganize clutter 2014 home decorating ideas ultimate garage custom closets bathroom under stairs multifaceted office design create a wood texture look with melamine garage shelving Top Shelf Industry Design Awards award winning garage garage organization multi-function furniture family activity area contemporary closets remote controlled lighting under the stairs storage ways to eliminate clutter in kitchen cabinets grouping together food storage items craft storage room Chicago closets furniture for small spaces melamine textures beautiful custom storage solutions multi-use office entryway mudroom angies list super service awards cordless lighting fixtures led walnut and burl inlay Old World Charm Closet Closet Os Overview attic storage ideas utilize pantry space gloss cabinet drawers pantry de-clutter LIT from Keeler closet lighting,remote controlled closet lightin reach in closets kids' closets spring closet cleaning mirror placement in design closet master closet reduce clutter shoe closet Hafele LED drawer lighting reduce clutter in home Home Organzing System under stairs bike storage elegant prints fro home gift wrapping counter top customer service mahogany melamine look garage cabinets pantry storage options gift bag storage spaces gift wrapped storage station master bedroom closet closet remodeling creative custom closet design full length vertical drape small windows shoe closet design tips Closet Design Tips organized closet master closet design pre-built cabinets comtemporary closet design patterned glass and mirrored doors cedar backed closet pullout media cabinets multi-functional office and storage multifaceted office space Best Of Houzz 2015 Customer Service Award custom wall units fold-out ironing board build in storage closet organization tips designing around obstacles closet mirrors closet design interior design trends closet os video organize shared closet space Home Organizing Tips task lighting Angies List 2014 Super Service Award incandescent and compact fluorescent Laundry Room/Mudroom closet os awards closet organizing systems video new website layout closet accent lighting
closetos best of houzz design award 2015
closetos best of houzz service award 2015
closetos angies list award
closetos top shelf awards