People who are fortunate enough to live in a home with a mudroom understand how convenient this area of the house can be. It provides an entry point to your dwelling space, as well as storage capacity for items like boots, coats, backpacks, leashes, sporting equipment and more. In addition, it can help reduce the amount of dirt, mud and debris that gets tracked through your home.
Feeling sorry for yourself because your house didn’t come equipped with one of these amazing spaces? Don’t! We’re here to show you some DIY mudroom hacks that can take your home organization to the next level.
Reclaim a Foyer or Hall
You don’t need to be a master of entryway design to make the most of these underutilized areas. You just have to get a little creative. Add a welcome mat, coat rack and a storage bench to your home’s entrance and — boom! — you’ve got the beginnings of a DIY mudroom. Customize the rest to the needs of your family, whether that’s a side table and surge protector to make a charging station, baskets for wallets and keys or a shoe rack that holds slippers ready for tired feet to change into when they return.
Promote a Closet or Alcove
Clear out your hall closet or a nook in your entryway to create a DIY mudroom. Hooks are a great way to add coat storage to the alcove in your hallway, while closets are already primed for the job. You can also add shoe racks or boot trays to these spaces. Bring in a small end table or some stackable baskets and you have a convenient place to store chargers, sunglasses, keys and purses. Take this idea a step further with a decorative wastebasket to hold sports equipment, umbrellas or even yoga mats.
Upgrade Part of Your Garage or Laundry Room
Dedicate a section of your garage or laundry room as a DIY mudroom. Make sure you include a mat for wiping feet clean, as well as hooks for coats, backpacks and purses. Those who have enough space might want to consider building each family member his or her own cubby or seeing if you can find some old school lockers at an antique store. Padded storage benches give people a comfortable place to remove their shoes, while a few shelves provide the perfect place for hats, gloves, and so forth.
Create a Kids’ Zone
If you have children, your entryway design will need to cater to the kiddos’ needs. Consider installing locker-style cubbies in hallways or closets to increase shoe, backpack and coat storage. In addition, you might want to turn your DIY mudroom into a family command center by installing magazine holders for important school paperwork, a family calendar to keep track of appointments, recitals or games and even a chalkboard to leave messages for one another.
As you can see, with a little bit of elbow grease and a can-do attitude, a DIY mudroom is well within the reach of most people.
And if you’re wishing you could get started on this project but don’t know how you’ll ever find the time, let us help out. Our professional housekeeping crews can take care of the cleaning, so you have more time to focus on other areas of your home. Contact your local Merry Maids today!