Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Chirping Moms- Mudrooms!

I am so excited to be guest posting on The Chirping Moms today! 
Check out their blog- they always offer so many fantastic ideas and giveaways! 

Guest Post: Organizing Your Mudroom
Organizing and then keeping a mudroom in tact can be a daunting task! It’s the one place where you feel it is okay to dump everything and not worry about what it looks like. You get home with a bunch of groceries and you just throw things down, forgetting that you left it a mess because it is out of sight.  Believe me, it’s not just you- everyone does this! 

Your mudroom is the last thing you see when you leave the house and the first thing that greets you when you get home.  Your mudroom should make you happy, so why not make it a stress-free environment?  

As a designer who works in a lot of new construction, I often spend quite a bit of time with my clients designing this room. If it is a large enough space, I love having custom built-ins made. It is really simple and any carpenter can quickly make this for out of inexpensive materials found a local building supply store.  If you are to go the custom route, my favorite approach is giving each member of the family their own section.

Here is a photo of a mudroom that I recently designed.

Or, if you are a limited in space and do not have room for a custom built-in storage unit, there are some great pre-made ones online. Pottery Barn has the Olivia collection where you can build your own mudroom.  You really only need a bench, maybe some storage below, and then add hooks on the wall above.

One of my clients is a very organized mom. Everyone has their own cubby and set of hooks that is designated by name tags. It is the responsibility of each family member to keep their section clean, whether it is by putting away their shoes in their cubbie section, or storing their hats and gloves in their own basket.

In lieu of a label maker, order initial wall décor from Etsy. These 5”x7” customizable options from StARTingCreations are really fun! Just put hang them above each person’s cubbie and you are good to go!

And if labels aren’t your thing, why not give each person their own color basket? I love The Land of Nod’s Strapping Storage bins, and they come in a multitude of colors. Why not let each kid pick out their own color so they know which one belongs to them!

My other favorite storage bins are from The Macbeth Collection. Pick one of their patterns if you’d rather keep it consistent but monogram each family member’s name on the front. These always add a punch of color to any room!
Last but not least, have a section in your mudroom for messages. It’s a great place to put reminders or notes for other family members.  If you are up to the challenge, why not paint an entire wall out of Benjamin Moore’s Chalkboard Paint? It is easy to apply and comes in so many colors!

 You can also contain the chalkboard to a small section by creating a frame on the wall with decorative moulding…

Or, just use it on a door!

To wrap up, here are my keys to success for a mudroom that’s functional and fun:
      Give everyone their own space, whether it is a cubbie section or simply a storage bin.
      Make sure everyone’s space is clearly marked.
      Don’t be afraid to have fun whether it is with colorful bins, a chalkboard wall, or just a fun rug!
Anyway about it, little things can help make your mudroom a happy place so it isn’t that messy room that stresses you out!

Good luck organizing!


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