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Monday, July 6, 2009

Organizing Your Mud Room

Hope you had a great 4th weekend! We did, and we're headed off to Amish country today.

This was a guest post I did at I'm An Organizing Junkie, but I never posted it here. So ... here it is, with a little revision! The picture was added, compliments of Laura, The Organizing Junkie:

Organizing Your Mud Room

I love mudrooms! They corral clutter before it enters your home! If you don’t have a mudroom, you can even create one in your garage or a hall closet.

Whether your mudroom is inside your house or in the garage, the idea is the same – you want to have a dumping ground as your family enters the house. Start with pegs or hooks to hang backpacks, briefcases, coats, scarves, etc. If you have room, add a bench with storage to sit on while taking off shoes. A chair will suffice, too.

The bench can house sports equipment if you have athletes in the house. Or choose another receptacle for sports equipment. And finally, shoe storage – a shoe rack, shelves, cubbies, etc.

A rug from the bench or chair to the door is a nice touch, if your mudroom is in your garage. If the members of your family are slipper wearers, they could keep them in the mudroom and slip into them after removing their shoes.

By creating such a mudroom, your house doesn’t look like it has exploded when family members come home. It takes a little training to get everyone to put things on hooks or in the shoe or athletic storage, but it is worth the effort! Every few days, have a shoe exchange where everyone picks up an armload of their shoes and takes them to their closets.

Whoever invented mudrooms was ingenious!

photo courtesy of dennace

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