It's cold outside and that means you have to constantly put on or take 10 extra pieces of outwear when you enter or exit your home. If you stairing at the pile of coats and mittens thrown on your floor right now...this is the post for you. For me, winter is really the time I start longing for mudroom storage and today here are some ideas to get yours on the way to being a workable space for you.
1. A mudroom does not have to be elaborate. Most people in your family just need to know where to put their stuff. It doesn't get any easier than this. You only need to use three words per family member to explain this system..."You are Blue", "You are Yellow", and "You are Red". All you need for this mudroom is wall space, hooks, paint, and some step stools.
2. This mudroom is simple. All you need is a bench and an accordian wall hook. Defining your mudroom space with wall paper or a stencil is a great way to set it apart.
3. A collection of interesting wall hooks can look stylish filled or empty. This is perfect for the home or apartment with no space to add a mudroom.
4. Don't be afraid to let rooms multi task for you. Dana from House Tweaking didn't have any space for a mudroom. Her family entered and left their home through the dining room. She simply added two Ikea wardrobes with a bench in the middle and her family has a mudroom space.
5. Adding a piece of furniture to drop things may be all that you need for your mudroom.
7. A mudroom doesn't have to be massive. It can take over an undefined place in a home. By adding baskets and a shoe tray to a little nook of this home, there is now a place to stash shoes and the odds and ends needed to walk out the door.
8. This is my dream mudroom. If you are ready to tackle a bigger mudroom project here is some serious inspiration. These were deep bookshelves turned into a wall of mudroom. This could easily be done by finding a closet to transform into a mudroom.
9. Let a long hallway work for you. The bench between two built-in units is the classic mudroom layout. Attaching a bench to the wall creates unhindered storage underneath. The built-ins could be recreated with store-bought wardrobes, or even pieces of furniture.
10. Nab some school lockers and give them a fun color. This is an easy way to give your mudroom charm without having to garner up some serious carpentry skills.
How does your home manage the winter pile up of shoes and outerwear? You don't have to go big to have a mudroom, just designate a space and make it workable for your family. Want more ideas? Check out this post from Curbly. Here is why my tiny mudroom looks like in my home.