In theory, a mudroom's sole purpose is to prevent mess from overflowing into the house. The reality is often the polar opposite: A room jam-packed with winter coats, sporting equipment, and mismatched shoes. And don't forget, as the weather gets colder, your family's scarf and glove collection seems to quadruple in size.
Before the chaos sets in, it's time to get organized and give your mudroom the makeover it deserves. Brooklyn-based professional organizer gives us some advice on how to tame the mess with design-friendly furniture and decor. Read on and get ready to give every leftover mitten and puffer jacket a stylish home.
"No mudroom would be complete without a bench, preferably with storage, for ease in taking off and putting on shoes. And, it's a convenient place to drop bags."
$209.73, Maurine Entryway Bench Baxton Studio via The Mine
"If using bins, choose something opaque like felt, leather, palm leaves, or woven pandan. I love using multiples of the same basket instead of different ones, which will keep the space looking clean, chic, and uncluttered."
$215 for set of 2, Mercado Storage Baskets, The Citizenry
"A mirror for last-minute checks before heading out is a no brainer."
$1,575, Rectangular Wall Mirror,for
"I prefer wall-mounted hooks over a coat stand as stands tend to grow over time becoming layered with jackets, tote bags and umbrellas. [A coat rack] not only looks messy and is not functional, but nice coats can become misshapen and stained under other coats."
$49.99, Rae Wall Hook, Joss & Main
"I recommend each person in the family have their own drawer (or bin) if they don't share items. If you have room, a separate drawer for things to grab as you leave like mints, tissue packs, sunscreen, extra keys, and sunglasses. The point is to make things easy to find and within reach so you can grab and go."
$974.99, 5-Drawer Wooden Chest with Lockable Casters, Teton Home
"Must-have pieces are an umbrella stand and boot trays to keep wet umbrellas and shoes from damaging the floor."
$795, Serpent Umbrella Stand, Jonathan Adler