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How To: Create a Clean, Functional Mudroom

by on Feb 9, 2011

What was once an extravagance for newly built homes of the 1980s and 90s has now become essential to the way contemporary families live: the mud room. A place to keep coats, shoes, pet paraphernalia, backpacks, sort through junk mail, and perhaps even do laundry. A transitional room, a liminal space, if you will, to help translate your home to the rest of your life.

But the high traffic can create a bit of chaos, and the mud room can often become a “junk drawer” for your entire house, creating piles of items that don’t have another place.   The Wall Street Journal recommends these tips:

  • Get hooked up for coats and hats
  • Corral your foot wearing and put shoes in bins
  • Take a seat on a bench or coffee table storage 
  • Buy a good doormat 

And DIYLife declares these elements mud room essentials:

  • Console table
  • Wall hooks
  • Mirror
  • Shelf with bins
  • Boot trays
  • Door mat
  • Umbrella stand

Click on the links above to learn more and contain that clutter!