by Fran Connors
(San Diego, California, USA)
The mudroom is often the first glimpse of your home’s interior that your guests get to have. It is also typically the last room they see as they exit your home. Give your mudroom a makeover and set the stage for that first and last impression your guests receive.
Mudrooms are often scattered with discarded boots, wet shoes, empty bags, partially-empty bags, gloves, hats, scarves, garden tools, sports equipment, and more. This does not provide much of a welcoming appearance to anyone, family or not. How do you go about changing all of that and recreating the once pristine appearance of your mudroom?
Clear Out Items That Do Not Belong
The first step that you need to take is to remove any forgotten items that have been dumped in your mudroom and then forgotten. Take these items and put them away where they belong.
Look at each item that remains in the mudroom and determine whether or not anyone in the home still uses it. Donate clothing and footwear that no longer fits anyone to charity.
Throw out any item that is broken or worn out. Toss mismatched gloves as well since no one is likely to use them.
Set Up a Storage System
A storage system offers an easy way to organize the items that are going to remain in the mudroom. Purchase and install or set up some hooks, shelves, and racks for easy storage of boots, shoes, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, sports equipment, and whatever else you absolutely must store in your mudroom.
Organizing the Storage System
Determine where each item belongs in your new storage system. Keep seasonal items on the highest shelves until they are needed at which point, you can swap them out.
Shoe racks should be stacked together to save on space and make it easier to gather footwear together. Give family members a specific rack for their personal use since this will encourage them to always put their shoes or boots away upon entering the home.
Hang hooks and shelves at a variety of levels so that even the shortest family members can reach some of them. Assign shelves accordingly.