After a long day, we want to unwind, and entering a clutter-free entryway affects our mindset and ability to relax.
Keeping your mudroom clutter-free can take time and effort, no matter what season it is. Here are some tips to keep mudrooms organized:
Think about your home’s entranceway
- Most families enter their homes through an attached garage, a mudroom, a back hall, or a laundry room. Keep your family routine in mind when designing your mudroom. What are their everyday activities? Will they need certain items like sporting equipment, backpacks, shoes, and belongings?
- Organize and personalize essentials, developing practical methods that work for you. For example, if your child has afterschool sports practice, designate a specific hook for their backpack and sports bag.
Swap seasonal items to save space
Change the contents of your front closet seasonally and store items you won’t use elsewhere.
- Store unneeded winter items during the spring and summer.
- Arrange boots so they are in the back of the closet, or remove them altogether.
- Make the items you wear most often easy to find.
- Label a container for each family member so that their belongings stay together.
- When temperatures cool, swap your light windbreakers and raincoats with your warmer apparel.
Make use of vertical wall storage units
Sometimes the rooms we use the most are the smallest in the house.
- If your mudroom has the room, consider built-in miniature closets or lockers for each family member, or get a large storage bench with a hinged seat.
- If your mudroom doesn’t have room for a bench or lockers, add hooks, small cubbies, or shelves to your walls, keeping things off the floor.
- Install hooks and shelving at different heights so small children can organize their belongings.
Use Floor Accessories to Combat the Elements
- Welcome mats are great for scraping any excess mud and dirt before entering the house.
- Boot trays are excellent for storing snow boots or dirty cleats. Water, sand, and dirt gather in the tray’s bottom and can easily be rinsed off.
- Durable dark-colored utility mats can be used to place shoes near the door. A dark color won’t stain or show dirt, and the mat will protect your floors from moisture.
Storage Authority understands how easily seasonal shoes, apparel, and accessories can accumulate in our homes. If you need additional storage space, consider one of our units. Our goal is to make storage easier for our customers, so if you have a question about an existing unit or are looking to rent a future storage unit, call us at 262-676-8464. You can also visit our website or contact us today to learn more about our affordable rates!