Let’s face it. Mudrooms are messy. After all, it’s called a mudroom for a reason. People come and go through this space ALL. THE. TIME. There’s no way around it, but there are a few things you can do to gain control over your mudroom organization and limit the chaos. Let’s chat about the top 3 things you can do to RESET your mudroom and make it run more efficiently.
Tips for Mudroom Organization
- Give every family member their own space. Whether you have built-in storage in your mudroom, or want to create better organization in the space, give every family member a place to call their own. Every mudroom needs a space for shoes. Hooks for coats, diaper bags and backpacks. Baskets for gloves and scarves. If everyone has their own space and has the responsibility of storing and organizing their personal items, it will help to hold each family member accountable. It will also cut down the clutter and aid everyone to find their items when the time is right.
Additionally, if you live in a location that is prone to wet and/or cold winters like we do, I recommend purchasing small, washable rugs that fit in each of the space. Placing rugs where shoes are stored helps absorb any of that wet, dirtiness that leads to horrible messes.
- Install hooks for items you need to grab and go when on the run. Items that you need on a regular basis, such as your purse or the kids’ backpacks, should be hung on hooks that are easily accessible. Don’t store these items in a closet or in a drawer because chances are the items you hoped to organize, declutter and have out of sight won’t actually make it into the desired space.
As humans, we tend to take the path of least resistance. By complicating the process of opening and closing a closet door or a drawer, we give up before we even get started. Items get tossed on the floor, and you don’t get the results you want for your mudroom organization. Save yourself the hassle.
Store what’s not needed daily
- Keep the mess behind closed doors. Items that aren’t needed on a regular basis (like every day), such as rain jackets, sports gear and ballet shoes should be organized behind closed doors. Store them in a cabinet, because out of sight is out of mind. No need for them to take up visual space in your mudroom or in your mind. Other items, such as scarves and gloves that are seasonal, should be stored and moved to a separate location until the time comes when you need them again.
Mudrooms are another one of those dumping ground rooms, similar to the laundry room as I mentioned last week. Everything tends to be put there until there is “time” to deal with it. Declutter your mud room and remove items that simply don’t belong there. Store items where they truly belong. And use vertical space wherever you can. These tips will get you started with your mudroom organization.
Here’s to gaining control of your mudroom organization and RESETTING your life!
“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” – CHRISTINA SCALISE
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