- 13 Mudroom Ideas to Keep Your Home Mess-Free
- They Key to an Organized Home Starts in the Mudroom
- Assess Your Lifestyle
- Lockers & Cubbies
- Bins, Baskets & Buckets
- Shoe Tray
- Information Center
- A Place to Sit
- 15 Tips For An Organized Mudroom
- Mudroom & Entryway Organization: How To Make It Inviting & Functional
- Step 1: Think About Who Typically Comes In Which Entrance And What They Typically Bring In With Them
- Step 2: Declutter Your Entryway & Mudroom And Find Homes For All The Items Piled Up There
- Entryway & Mudroom Furniture / Storage Pieces
- Wall Storage Solutions
- Storage For Shoes, Boots & Umbrellas
- Storage For Smaller Personal Items Of Each Family Member
- Keep Stairs Clear But If You Must Keep Stuff On Them Get A Step Basket
- Step 4: Keep On Top Of Clutter With Weekly Tidy Ups
- Tell Me How The Mudroom & Entryway Organization Challenge Is Going For You
- Sneak Peek For Next Week's Challenge
- Make Sure You're Set To Make The Most Of These Organizing Challenges
13 Mudroom Ideas to Keep Your Home Mess-Free
Ah, the mudroom: if you're lucky enough to have a space in your home dedicated to storing those muddy boots, outdoor accessories, and seasonal must-haves, you might suspect that organizational skills are second-nature.
However, there's more to a well-functioning mudroom than meets the eye—while there's no debate that having this handy extra room can make it much easier to keep things in the rest of the home neat and tidy, this space can come with its challenges.
(Case in point: when you have a room that's *meant* to be messy, it's all the more difficult to keep it from becoming an overcrowded, chaotic dumping ground for all manner of things. Especially when kids and pets are added to the mix.)
Luckily, these inspiring in-between spaces show us just what a mudroom should be—clean and organized, and optimally arranged for dashing out the door in any season.
Whether you plan to use your mudroom as a dumping ground for dog toys and essentials for “walkies”, or an all-season space to swap tennis rackets and scuba flippers for snowshoes and shovels, having an intuitive place for everything is key.
Who knows—after a few tips from these top-notch mudrooms, you might find that this small room becomes the hardest-working (and most essential) one in your house.
Click through to see the clever mudroom designs that are keeping homeowners organized all year round.
Take note: a floating bench is nothing short of genius when it comes to your entryway space. Not only does it making vacuuming this high-traffic area a breeze (goodbye, dust bunnies!) but it lets you tuck boots and shoes the path of foot traffic once you arrive home. Put another way? We're saying “why didn't we think of that?!” under our breath.
Not able to spring for a custom-built solution? Look for a freestanding bench with a wide lip and set-back legs to achieve a similar effect.
Corrigan StudioHornsey Upholstered Storage Bench$899
It's far from uncommon for mudrooms to have shoe cubbies, but this two-tone take on the established style is stealing our hearts for another reason—the deep drawers that make up the benches.
Not only does the “light on top, dark on the bottom” cabinetry color scheme remind us of our favorite kitchen trend of late, but we're absolutely swooning thinking about never having an avalanche of scarves and mittens rain down on us from above.
With this setup, you just slip on your boots, select your favorite gloves from the drawer, and go. Pure sophistication.
Another take on the well-loved cubby look, this mudroom goes the rustic route with gorgeous tiles that mimic the look of reclaimed wood and a custom bench seat to match. (Joanna Gaines would approve.)
Artistic TileLoft Gray Porcelain Field Tile$11 per square foot
Because of its small size, a mudroom is the *perfect* place to try out a bold color scheme or high-impact design decision. (Just think of it as an experiment-friendly zone, a powder room.) We love how this utilitarian space is made over with a luxe feel in an unexpectedly rich blue hue and oversized hexagonal tile—the perfect way to perk yourself up before heading out the door.
Artistic TileSaigon Black Porcelain Hexagon Field Tile$10
Design: Liz Caan, Photo: Michael J. Lee
Trying to turn a hallway into a mudroom stand-in space? Substantial and stylish barn doors can be just the solution for providing some separation in a formerly open space.
Take the separation idea a step further and dole out individual cubbies—from floor to ceiling—to each member of the household to ensure nobody's prized jean jacket ever ends up MIA.
This system will certainly make mornings easier—especially when headed for the school rush.
Just because it's practical, doesn't mean it needs to be straight-laced. This glam mudroom masters several of our favorite design trends—from the textural chevron motif of the wood, to the dark and dramatic paint color, to the elegant yet understated brass hooks. There's plenty of personality built into this high-function area.
Hearth & Hand with MagnoliaBrass Hook$5
Design: Megan Hersch, Architect: R Douglas Mansfield
A mudroom needn't be purely utilitarian, of course—designer Megan Hersch (founder of virtual design service roomLift) created this space as a sanctuary for a client who loved flower arranging. While it also houses plenty of space for storage and laundry essentials, it's a dreamy escape disguised as the most functional space in any home.
Don't be afraid to use an over-the-top wallpaper or mural in your mudroom—chances are, it'll bring a smile to your face every time you see it (which means every time you leave the house or come home).
We love the contrast between these clean white cubbies and the bold mural—plus, the idea to keep a handsome hamper in your mudroom for gym bags, sports jerseys, and anything else that's all too easy to forget about laundering is a major home hack.
Connected GoodsBolga Hamper Basket Set with Leather Handles$200
If you've ever dreamt of having a dramatic library ladder at home (a la Beauty and The Beast), now's your chance. This repurposed vintage staple makes sense in a mudroom, where out-of-season pieces can be stored high above when not in use. Perk things up with some cheery and unexpected floor tile, and you've got the makings of a dream come true.
Moroccan Mosiac TileMenara Cement Tile$22
Design: Nancy Mayerfield, Photo: Paul Johnson
While our love of drawers is well-documented, a little open shelving never hurt—especially when it can be used as display space. With all your most reached-for items tucked away and organized in drawers, use open shelving as an opportunity to display some beloved treasures and add a chic, sophisticated touch to your mudroom. After all, it's part of your home, too.
Take a well-segmented cubby system a step further: everyone gets their own sconce to spotlight the space. We love how this symmetrical scheme shines a glamorous light on this storage space.
Hudson Valley LightingMark D. Sikes Metal No.2 Wall Sconce$550$440
Design: Emily Henderson, Photo: Sara Tramp
There's so much we want to copy in this space. First off, the contrasting cubbies and cabinets are ultra-appealing—the on-trend shade of deep sage is striking, while the white cubbies opposite keep the space from feeling gloomy or claustrophobic.
But most of all, we the idea of giving Fido his own space for dinnertime that keeps the splash zone contained with a stately tray—and the prominently displayed leash on a dedicated hook makes the zone feel even more personal for man's best friend.
Crate and BarrelDecker Galvanized Tray$30
Design: Lauren Nelson Design, Photo: Aubrie Pick
In California where mudrooms aren't so common, a wide entryway makes for a chic replacement. “Fake” your own mudroom with a dedicated space for shoes (as well as a bench to help you put them on), and a landing pad for mail and other must-haves. Then, dial up the style as seen here—a highly personal gallery wall welcomes all who enter.
Plow & HeartRichland Indoor Outdoor Reclaimed Wood Bench$299
They Key to an Organized Home Starts in the Mudroom
Your mudroom does some serious work. It is often times the first thing you see coming in the door, and one of the most utilized rooms in your home.
It serves many purposes and can be the hardest room to keep orderly because everything and everyone comes through here. For this reason, making sure the mudroom has a good organizational plan is extremely important.
A well-planned mudroom creates a smooth transition between the outside and the inside of your home, and is the key to keep your household and your family organized.
Whether you have a full-fledged room or just a designated spot by the backdoor or entry way, there are a number of steps you can take to get a handle on making the most of your space, and creating good organizational habits the whole family can benefit from.
Assess Your Lifestyle
To begin, you should assess how your family enters and leaves the house. Mudrooms do more than store coats and backpacks.
Think about your families’ daily activities and take note what everyone is coming in with, and where they tend to place items. It could be the mail, keys, groceries, shoes, sporting equipment or other belongings.
You should make a list of these items and then begin to think about how best to make the space work efficiently.
Lockers & Cubbies
If you have the space, each member of your family should have a cubby or locker that is designated just for them. A custom closet designer can provide many choices for the look and size of these spaces.
The locker should have a number of hooks at varying heights to make sure everyone in the family can reach them. It can house shelves or storage for shoes.
The locker can contain a higher shelf for bins to store items that you don’t need every day.
If your mudroom is open to the kitchen or another room in your home, you may want to choose cabinetry and surfaces the overall design. If you want to hide your mudroom from visitors, you can take steps to close it off from adjoining rooms. Consider a pocket door that slides into the wall
If lockers aren’t your thing, or you don’t have the space for them, hooks are a great way to create an area to hang coats, bags, keys and more.
You can simply hang hooks on the wall of your entry way. your needs each family member can have a few hooks at varying heights for different items.
This will also assure that everyone is able to hang their things at a height they can reach them.
Hooks come in so many styles and sizes and can match any décor. You can find the ones that work best for you, and it is a great way to personalize the space.
Bins, Baskets & Buckets
Lockers and hooks can’t do it all. To compliment your mudroom design you should add bins, baskets or buckets. They are a catch all for lose items that can get misplaced. Each family member can have their own to store gloves, socks, toys, sport equipment and more.
If you don’t have lockers, a shelf placed higher up on the wall can house baskets for off season items. A bucket near the door can be used for flip flops, baseball bats, or even gift wrap.
This will result in fewer frantic searches for items that you never can find when you need them.
No one wants a wet floor when they come in the door and take off their shoes. There is nothing worse than stepping in wet puddle in your socks.
Placing a boot tray near the door creates a designated space for shoes when you come in, and they won’t be scattered everywhere. This will make sure the wetness does not get all over the room or rug.
Additionally, the tray can be easily wiped down for quick cleanup.
You and your family will pass through the mudroom once at least once per day. Creating a central information center can serve as a place to leave notes, place a calendar, and store the mail or important papers.
This area can have a letter filing system attached to the wall, a white board, pin board, and a shelf to house loose hair ties, change, or keys.
It can include a charging station for phones and a small mirror to primp before your leave.
A Place to Sit
Since the mudroom is intended as a space to come in and take off your jacket and shoes, it is a good idea to have a bench or some seating. It can be a built-in custom bench, one that is stand alone, or if you don’t have space for a bench a chair will do the trick. This can also be a good spot to keep your items off the floor when you walk in the door.
You can choose seating to compliment the feel of the rest of the house or make it blend into the wall a custom bookshelf.
Overall, your mudroom doesn’t have to be a room or even very large, but with the right organizational tools, any room big or small can be organized into an efficient space that will create an easier routine for you and your family.
15 Tips For An Organized Mudroom
Enclosed storage is a valuable commodity in a mudroom. When backpacks, outerwear and toys all converge, having a storage location behind doors makes sense. You can build these beautiful mudroom lockers in a weekend for storage that works as good as it looks.
Baskets, bins and boxes are all excellent storage tools in an organized mudroom. You can separate items by bin, such as shoes and hats, or assign a bin to each member of the family. No matter how you organize it, you'll never regret using these handy pieces.
The look of a built-in mudroom is the stuff of magazines, but it can be a reality with our awesome IKEA Hemnes Hack. With a few small tweaks, you'll have a functional area that's beautiful and will help boost the value of your home.
A simple bucket is more useful than it looks. From umbrellas to canes, baseball bats or rolls of craft paper, this genius but often overlooked addition will be right at home in your organized mudroom.
Vertical storage ideas are often overlooked, but with the right design—such as our great hat rack—you can organize a lot of items with just a little bit of wall space. Click here for instructions on how to build this hat rack.
It's difficult to organize shoes and boots, especially if they're wet and dirty. Make a boot rack by simply adding some small stones to a durable tray to allow your footwear to drain and dry.
Since most of your family will pass through your mudroom at least once per day, a handy message center to organize notes, calendars and even homework is a brilliant addition. Check out our space-saving DIY message center for a project that will fit almost anywhere.
When is comes to smart storage, you need to use every available inch of space. That's why handy over-the-door storage units this one from Bed Bath & Beyond are a great addition and very versatile.
Part of keeping a space organized is being able to keep it clean. Wainscoting is the perfect solution for homes with kids and pets to protect walls and keep scuffs to a minimum. Simply follow our guide to installing wainscoting and be sure to coat it with a durable paint.
It can be handy to hang a mirror in your mudroom for last-minute checks before you walk out the door or to fix windblown hair after you come inside.
Even if you don't have an entire room for an entryway, you can still create mudroom storage in a small space. Smart units, this shoe storage cabinet from IKEA, are an excellent way to keep shoes hidden and off of the mudroom floor.
Great storage doesn't have to be complicated. With a few modifications to our simple box shelves and the addition of some legs, you can have a perfect place to sit and put on your shoes with ample storage, to boot.
Coat hooks are an essential accessory for an organized mudroom. To keep it kid-friendly, hang hooks where young children can reach them. For a fun and whimsical touch, you can create hooks old tools those pictured.
The epitome of mudroom style and function is the cubby. This DIY mudroom unit has ample storage for the whole family and plenty of spaces for baskets to keep items hidden.
This brilliant storage idea can be used for gloves, hats and even lost socks. It's also great for drying out damp items before stashing them in a drawer or cabinet.
Mudroom & Entryway Organization: How To Make It Inviting & Functional
This week's challenge is to work on entryway organization and also organizing your mudroom if you have one, to make all the entrances into your home both functional and inviting.
When you, your family members and guests walk into your home everyone typically has lots of stuff with them, from coats, hats, purses, book bags, today's mail, etc.
That means the entrance — the first place your family and friends see when they come into your home — can easily turn into a dumping ground for stuff and junk.
To make your home inviting, and functional all at once fortunately isn't too hard. It just takes some thought, creativity with storage for items, and some weekly maintenance to keep it looking great.
Are you new here? The Mudroom & Entryway Organization Challenge is part of the 52 Weeks To An Organized Home Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren't already a regular reader).
Below are the steps for this challenge, but before we begin I just want to clarify the spaces we're working on this week.
Whether you have one entrance to your home, or multiple entrances, we're working on those entryways, the hall leading from the entrance to other rooms, and the mudroom, which is typically a back entrance in many homes.
In addition, if your home has stairs within sight of a foyer or other entrance, we'll work on it this week too.
Basically, everything you can see immediately upon entering is fair game (the stuff on the outside of the house, including the front porch or back patio are dealt with in other missions though).
Step 1: Think About Who Typically Comes In Which Entrance And What They Typically Bring In With Them
As I mentioned before, when we come in the door each day we bring with us lots of stuff. When we don't have an organized system in place to hold and store these items we end up with a cluttered mess.
Then, clutter piles up on top of clutter as more people lay their stuff on top of everyone elses stuff, and you end up with a mess and perhaps a tripping hazard. That's not what you want greeting you each day as you come home, so we're cleaning it up this week.
The first step in the Mudroom & Entryway Organization Challenge is to really think about what people are bringing into the house (and carrying out if it), so you can identify what items you need to accomodate in these entrances and exits.
Here are common items many people bring in regularly into their homes, or take back out:
As you consider all these types of items begin to look at the space you have and consider where everything can go to make it easier to accomodate all this stuff.
In the Back To School Challenge we focused on these items a bit already, when helping kids get out the door each day for school with less stress.
Step 2: Declutter Your Entryway & Mudroom And Find Homes For All The Items Piled Up There
The next step in the Mudroom & Entryway Organization Challenge is to declutter all the stuff from your foyer, entrance and/or mudroom that doesn't belong.
Take a good hard look at all the stuff that is just piled up on the floor or on flat surfaces, cluttering everything up. Some of this stuff doesn't belong there are all, but doesn't have a home elsewhere and so family members have just gotten in the habit of dumping it here when they come in.
Take the time to make a place for these place items in whatever room they go in. Get your family members involved in deciding where these items will go, since you'll want their cooperation in putting them there from now on.
One of the most common items that seem to clutter up an entryway are shoes. Here's my article on how to declutter shoes to help you with this task.
After decluttering all that should be left is the stuff which doesn't currently have a home, but that should be stored in the entryway or mudroom. This is the exact stuff you've got to get creative with, and figure out ways to organize and properly store it all for easy access in and out (which we're working on in step 3).
To help you more with these decluttering tasks, which by themselves are not insignificant, I've written some articles to help.
These include how to declutter your entryway, how to declutter your mudroom, and tips for decluttering your coat closet.
The next step in the Mudroom & Entryway Organization Challenge is to make a home for all that stuff that comes in and your home each day.
The entrances and exits of your home are not typically very large, but you've got to easily be able to store and access stuff quickly in them.
They are also very visible public areas in your home, so you want them to look nice and inviting.
Therefore, it is critical that the organizers and storage solutions you choose for this area be both beautiful and practical. Ideally all the furniture and other items will not only look pretty, but also serve some storage use at the same time.
Here are some entryway organizers and storage solutions that can serve these dual functions, and that you may want to consider using in your home.
Remember that the front entrance of your home is more formal, whereas the mudroom can have a more homy look to it, so some of these suggestions may be more appropriate in one area versus another.
Hall Tree & Storage Bench
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bench on Amazon]
Entryway & Mudroom Furniture / Storage Pieces
It is nice in an entrance / exit area of your home to be able to sit down for a moment and deal with things, so having a storage bench can be very helpful if you have the room since it is both a place to sit and store items.
In addition, flat surfaces, such as a narrow table or bookcase can be a useful item. Ideally choose something that can accomodate some baskets or bowls on top (or underneath) so you can have a space for each person's individual stuff (see below for more details).
The types of entryway furniture you may want to consider include hall trees, storage benches, wood or bright cheery colored lockers, narrow tables, or narrow bookcases, and include the items shown below.
Further, one reader showed the narrow storage furniture she uses in her hallway to give her storage in a small space. Here's more examples:
Wall Storage Solutions
If you've got a tight space that doesn't fit large pieces of furniture well, or even if you have ample space, don't foget to use wall space for storage.
Entryway Cubby Shelf
[Click here to purchase on Amazon]
It is great to use pegs and hooks for hanging up coat, purses, bookbags and more because as long as they're at a height kids can reach they can easily be trained to hang everything up. Then it's not on the floor for you to trip on!
Plus, if each family member is assigned their own hook they'll easily be able to find everything when its time to leave!
[Click to buy on Amazon]
Similarly, if you don't have room for a full bookshelf consider hanging a small shelf on the wall, such as the one on the left above, that also has several hooks underneath.
Storage For Shoes, Boots & Umbrellas
While we're trying to keep most things off the floor there are a couple of items that should be stored there.
For instance, use an umbrella stand so family members can stow their umbrellas easily when they get inside and grab one if its going to be a stormy day as they leave the house.
Boot or shoe tray
[Click to purchase on Amazon]
You may not want to keep all your family's shoes by the door, and I don't actually recommend it (we'll deal with shore storage in more detail in Week #42), but any shoes that come in from out in the weather with snow, mud, or soaking wet should be stored in a manner where they don't make a huge mess.
If this is a common issue in your home, invest in a boot or shoe tray, to place your shoes on. If you only need to hold a couple pairs of shoes, and weather is not an issue a small floor shoe organizer may work well for your needs.
Storage For Smaller Personal Items Of Each Family Member
Finally, once you've gotten storage space for the big items that come in each day, don't forget about all the smaller stuff.
Ideally, you'll have a small storage container for each family member, so their small stuff can all stay together and doesn't have to mingle and get mixed up with everyone else's stuff. Trust me, that makes it easier when each person leaves so they only grab and move around their own things.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to have a small basket or bowl for each family member on a flat surface, such as a narrow entryway table.
You may also want to have a common basket that everyone can use to store library books.
In addition, something that wasn't always needed but that can come in very handy now that we depend on mobile devices so much in our lives, is to have a charger station set up in the entryway so you can plug up your devices for recharging when you come in the door. (The link has quite a few ideas from readers about charging stations.)
Finally, make sure there is a secure place to put everyone's keys, be it hooks on the wall, in a bowl, or in a key cabinet.
You can get lots of key organizer ideas and solutions here, so you don't ever have to hunt for your keys again.
One word of caution — if you've got little ones in the house keep your keys where they can't reach them to avoid them getting played with and lost somewhere in the house (or flushed down the toilet — no joke!)
Here's my round up of entryway and mudroom storage solutions and organizers, so you can check out lots of them in one place within my Amazon shop. Once in my shop scroll down to find this list. (referral link)
Keep Stairs Clear But If You Must Keep Stuff On Them Get A Step Basket
Finally, it is best for safety reasons not to store or place anything on the steps. This prevents people from tripping on items when ascending or descending the stairs.
Therefore, go ahead and declutter your stairs, if you need to, to remove excess stuff that has accumulated on them.
However, if you're my family try as I may there is almost inevitably something on my stairs, since something needs to come down that's upstairs or vice versa. This isn't ideal, nor does it look good from my entryway where you can see my stairs.
Therefore, my next purchase will be a step basket, such as the ones shown below. I first saw one of these on Pinterest (follow me, by the way, I love it over there!) and when I pinned a picture of one several of you told me how wonderful they were, and I have to say I agree.
The basket is designed to fit onto two stairs, on the side of course, and helps contain all that little stuff that needs to get transported between floors.
Step 4: Keep On Top Of Clutter With Weekly Tidy Ups
The final step in the Mudroom & Entryway Organization Challenge is to begin a new habit to keep this area we've worked so hard to get organized stay that way.
Let's face it, we all lead busy and sometimes rushed lives.
With the rush we tend to sometimes let it slip about putting everything in the right place as we rush in or out the door, and our entrances take the brunt of that clutter explosion.
Along with making it as easy as possible to store things in an organized fashion, take a little time each week to tidy up your entranceways.
Especially look for “hidden clutter” — such as the item that has been sitting on the hall bench for three days and you're starting not to notice it anymore.
Dealing with mudroom and entryway organization every week keeps clutter from building back up, and keeps things functional most of the time without lots of extra effort, so its well worth the small time investment.
Tell Me How The Mudroom & Entryway Organization Challenge Is Going For You
I would love to know how this week's Mudroom & Entryway Organization Challenge is going. You can tell me your progress or give me more ideas for how you've organized this area in your home in the comments below.
I also love before and after pictures of your entrance halls, mudrooms and foyers, and would love to see some of yours. Submit your pictures (up to four per submission) and blog posts and get featured in the Creative Storage Solutions Hall of Fame. You've worked hard to get organized, so now here's your chance to show off!
Sneak Peek For Next Week's Challenge
We're working on our homes slowly, one area at a time, so don't get too distracted from the Mudroom & Entryway Organization Challenge this week.
However, I know some of you love to know what's coming next, so I'll tell you. Next week we'll be working on organizing our living and family rooms.
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