You’ve no doubt heard the age-old adage, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” It’s great advice and all, but what happens when you run out of places? Or when your kids unceremoniously dump their backpacks and gear on the entryway floor because they have designated that area as a worthy place?
A mudroom is the perfect spot to relegate these messy reminders of the outside world, but as a result, it often ends up looking as unglamorous as its name. Bring a breath of fresh air and organization to your mudroom while creating space for pretty and peaceful living.
1. Identify your issues.
You can’t get organized until you figure out your problem areas. Luckily, this is easy to do. You know that stuff that ends up on the floor or piled high on countertops or tables? Those items are homeless — they feel lonely, unloved, and like they’re not living up to their full potential. They need your help.
Unfortunately, assigning them an area does not guarantee that they will nestle in happily, relieving you of mess and stress. Organization is a family affair, and it’s very likely that your family isn’t as concerned about these out-of-place items. Help them help you help these things.
2. Conquer clutter.
The best way to combat clutter is to create clearly defined areas, so create a special space for each child. The most frequent mudroom offenders seem to be backpacks, coats, shoes, sporting goods or activity accessories, and books or papers that belong elsewhere, like at the library or school.
The key to effective organization is finding a spot that’s almost as easy as throwing it all on the floor — the more steps necessary to place something in its home, the less likely it is to happen without numerous reminders. Hooks are helpful for hanging on-the-go items in plain sight and allow for easy access. A storage bench with built-in cubbies serves dual purposes by providing a place to tie your shoes or kick them off, while boxes or bins provide an area to hide things.
3. Embrace functional fun.
Last but not least, make the space appealing. The mudroom is that in-between area that serves as a sanctuary between home sweet home and the great outdoors and should feel like a welcoming invitation to come or go. Here are some do-it-yourself decor ideas to help make it happen:
- A large canvas is great decor and can also serve as a reminder of whose stuff goes where if you place individual hooks beneath each child’s photo.
- You know those little odds-and-ends art projects that come home from school and are worthy of display but don’t quite fit in elsewhere? A mudroom shelf is the perfect place to present these pretties with pride.
- Create labels for boxes and bins using black contact paper, cardboard squares, binder clips and chalkboard markers to define areas in an organized and attractive way.
- Decide on a fun color scheme and tie the room together with a rug that will help keep mud off of the mudroom floor.
Once you’ve pulled it all together, sit back, relax and congratulate yourself on a job well done and worth doing. Sure, it may take a few days (or weeks) of reminders to get your family on track, but thanks to your hard work, there’s newfound hope for a serene space and a place for everything!
Ashley McCann lives in her hometown Naples, Florida. Besides being a home décor and mommy blogger for TinyPrints, Ashley is a loving mother of two boys, a few crazy cats and even a hedgehog who all help keep her busy. In her free time, she works on her personal blog, Ashley Quite Frankly, and writes about her parenting experiences.