What creates clutter in the main entry to your home? Plan a cubby, or hook to keep things in check.
Keys : A row of hooks, prominently displayed, for each family member including the dog’s leash
Cell phones and tech toys : Recharging station with multiple plugs; e.g., a power strip tucked into a cubby
Mail and catalogs : Slots for bills and letters. niches for catalogs and magazines, recycling bin for junk mail
Handbags, briefcases, day packs : Cubby for each family member, close to keys and rechargeable items
Groceries and packages : A bench or bin that doubles as storage
Shoes and boots : Mix of cubbies sized for footwear from ballet slippers to fireman’s boots
jackets, coats, and sweaters : Conventional hangers still work well for these: consider options like double rows for shorter items
Hats and scarves : Hang them on hooks or a rack on the back of a door; stow fragile or small items in drawers or cubbies
Gloves and scarves : A shallow drawer or two will keep them from getting lost in the shuffle
Balls (soccer, basketball. football) : Bins, benches, drawers, or a netted space in a larger cubby
Bats, hockey sticks, tennis rackets etc : Narrow vertical or horizontal bins
Uniforms, protective gear : Dedicated sports closet with versatile bins and niches
Try these steps for clutter free mudroom
A successful mudroom can be as straight forward as a row of hooks mounted on a 3 feet wide stretch of wall near the door (preferably over a bench or shallow table) Or it can be as elaborate as a dedicated room lined with flat panel oak cabinets and benches, complete with an accessory bathroom to shower off the dog.
Size of Mudroom
Ideally, a good mudroom should be just the right size: not too big and not too small. You need enough room to move around as you bundle up or bundle down, with room for children and pets to do the same, if you have them. You also want the drop zone to encourage you to put things away. Equip the space with easy to reach storage bins,cubbies, hooks, and hangers that will realistically accommodate your needs.
There should also be a place to sit (to change from sport to street shoes, or dress a Child). A bench is also the perfect place to drop packages and groceries while you stow coats or other items.
Design mudroom keeping family,pets and outdoor temperature in mind
Some family members (kids and dogs, especially) may take the term mudroom literally,so floors and surfaces should be easy to clean. Finish the floor with period friendly tile or linoleum. A newly installed floor also offers an opportunity to add radiant heat under the floor, which will help keep moisture out of the house. Keep the mudroom at a slightly lower temperature than indoors (55 degrees, for instance) and you will also have an energy conserving buffer against the cold.
Try Beach radiator
If a radiant floor isn’t in the cards, consider installing a towel or bench radiator. The towel version is an ideal drying rack for damp coats,scarves and gloves, while the bench warms both you and your damp shoes as you strip off outer gear.
To be functional, a good mudroom should be convenient to the most frequently used entrance, whether it’s the front door, a side entrance, or through the laundry room. If you don’t want to see evidence of your drop zone when you walk in the door, you’ll need to come up with a clever plan to conceal it.