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11 mudroom organization tips

Make the most of your mudroom with these clever storage and organization ideas!
  • Lock it up!

    Adding a few small lockers to your mudroom wall provides a place for out-of-the way storage. You can also lock up sharp tools, chemicals, matches, or other dangerous items, to keep them away from the kids.

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • Vertical junk drawer

    Add pegboard to the back of a storage cabinet door, and turn it into a vertical junk drawer! use hooks to hang tape, scissors, small tools, coupons, and other items without a home. Add small baskets for paper clips and other small items, and hang a clipboard and pencil for making shopping or to-do lists. The inside of the bottom door is painted with chalkboard paint, making a great spot for notes and reminders, plus a fun place for the kids to draw!

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • Drip dry

    Tuck a hanging drying rack behind a door or in an out-of-the-way spot, and place an absorbent rug or drip tray underneath. In the winter, this  makes a great place for the kids to hang snowy scarves, hats, and gloves (add a few S-hooks for easy hanging of smaller items). In the summer, it's the perfect spot for beach towels and wet swimming trunks.

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • Pull-out storage

    A narrow vertical space between cabinets allows for a skinny pull-out storage area. Shelves hold cleaning supplies, and a pegboard houses cleaning tools. When not in use, the entire cabinet slides into the wall and is hidden by faux doorfronts.

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • Good for more than shoes

    Over-the-door shoe organizers are so great for mudrooms! Use them to store keys, phones, sunglasses, electronics chargers, extension cords, gloves, flashlights, small tools, and all kinds of things that need a home. Use the bottom rows for kids' things, and label every pouch so things get put back where they belong.

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • Cleaning cubby

    Store all of your cleaning supplies in one place with a handy little cleaning closet like this. The cupboard is sized to be just tall enough for the vacuum and a shelf above it. Hooks at the back of the mini closet hold rags and tools like whisk brooms. On the door, narrow bins hold cleaning supplies (separated into "dust, scrub, and mop" categories) while still allowing the door to close and clear the vacuum. A paper towel holder fits right on top of the door, making cleaning as painless as possible!

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • File it away

    Keep papers off the counters and table with hanging file holders between the kitchen and mudroom. Label one for each member of the family, plus one for incoming and outgoing mail. Add a magnetic chalkboard for daily notes and reminders. No more running around looking for homework as the bus pulls up!

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • Label everything!

    Whether you have a gigantic mudroom, or just a small space tucked under the stairs, it's important to label bins, cubbies and drawers with their contents, so everyone in the house knows where things go. Use chalkboard paint on bins, so labels can be easily changed with the seasons. Bins holding hats and scarves now can be repurposed to hold baseball gloves and beach towels in the summer. If you have small children in the house who can't read yet, draw a picture of what goes inside! Another fun idea is to use non-traditional items as hooks. Here, the homeowner has mounted antique glass doorknobs to a chair rail, for a pretty way to hang coats and bags.

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • Function for your family

    Make it easy for everyone in your family to put their things away in the mudroom. Here, there are two rows of hooks. Kids can easily access the bottom row, so there's no excuse for backpacks to be lying in the middle of the floor. Grown-ups can hang their items on the top row. The basket on the bottom of the shelving unit can be a catch-all for kids, and those on the shelf above the hooks will work fine for Mom and Dad.

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • Secret storage

    Use the space between wall studs to create a vertical tool cabinet. Pegboard and hooks hold all kinds of hand tools, paint brushes, yardsticks, and other supplies. The clutter is hidden by a barn-style door. Add a lock to the door to keep kids away from sharp tools.

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
  • Skinny shelves

    This clever cabinet is also housed between the wall studs. Doors conceal skinny shelves, perfect for storing cans of paint and other chemicals. Again, add a lock to keep the kids from doing a little repainting of their own.

    Date Published: January 10, 2013
    Date Updated: January 10, 2013
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