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
- Shelf with bins
- Boot trays
- Door mat
- Umbrella stand
Click on the links above to learn more and contain that clutter!