As a mother of two young children, Cristin understands the desire for a home to be functional, yet beautiful. Blending the two disciplines of home organization and interior design resonated with her and thus Simplified Bee® was born. She believes that surrounding yourself with lovely, organized spaces reduces stress, makes you happier, and inspires healthier living.
Fall has arrived. The cooler weather has me excited for boots, cashmere scarves, and cable knit sweaters. With all these additional layers, I long for a mudroom--a place where my family can drop off backpacks, muddy shoes, and wet jackets.
If you have a mudroom, or a hallway that serves as one, here are some tips on getting it super-functional and organized for the busy months ahead:
All mudrooms aren't created equally. Some are large, while others are small. Measure your space first and assess which items will be stored in the space. This knowledge will help you determine what kind of organizational pieces you'll need and save you time (and money!) in the long run. In some cases, it might be best to have a custom piece built to fit the room's dimensions and your needs.
Maximize your mudroom by installing hooks or a vertical shelving unit. In doing this, you're keeping items from being left of the floor. Also remember to hang hooks at appropriate heights so that even your youngest can hang up his or her own jacket.
3. A Spot for Everyone
To keep items from getting mixed up, designate each family member their own area or bin to store their belongings. This can be achieved with individual bins, baskets, or hooks.
It can be tough taking on and off rain boots, so providing a place to sit down in the mudroom is recommended. Whether a built-in bench or individual stools, your family members and guests will be grateful.
5. Keep the Dirt Out
Keeping the floors clean in a mudroom can be a challenge. A doormat placed outside or just inside the door helps keep dirt and mud from getting out of control.