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How To Make The Most Of Your Mudroom

Emma TomsichJanuary 13, 2020

If you’re looking for a place to store your kids’ sports equipment or you’re trying to prevent boots from trekking dirt and snow into the house, it might be time for you to update your mudroom area or create a space that can serve as a mudroom. For ideas on how to enhance your mudroom and optimize storage space, read on.

What Is A Mudroom?

A mudroom is a space dedicated to storing items that would otherwise make a mess in the house. It is usually a home’s second entrance. A mudroom often serves as a transition between the outdoors and indoors, allowing kids and family members to drop off their shoes, coats, bags and sports equipment before entering the house. Mudrooms can vary in size and purpose, but are ultimately used for storage and for keeping the rest of the house clean and free of clutter.

Where Is The Mudroom Located?

Because the location of your mudroom may depend on the layout of your home, it’s important to strategically place your mudroom based on how you want it to function.

When choosing where to place your mudroom, make sure to pick a spot that’s easy to access through the most-used entryway. Many homeowners choose to put their mudroom near entryways like the front door or back door. Others choose to place their mudrooms in the garage, beside a utility or laundry room or at the bottom of a stairwell leading to the kitchen or a living space.

Take a look around your house and think about how you might want your mudroom to function. If you want it to serve as a pantry or place to store laundry, you might want to place it near the kitchen or laundry room. But if you always enter your house through the garage, you might want to put it in your garage or beside your garage’s nearest entryway.

Benefits Of A Mudroom

Not only do mudrooms keep dirt and debris out of main living areas, but they can also protect homes from the elements, which may include sand, rain, mud and snow. By protecting floors from unwanted salts and substances, your flooring will last longer and your cleaning costs will be reduced. During cold winter or hot summer months, mudrooms can also cut down heating and cooling expenses by acting as a buffer from the outside and inside temperatures.

Mudrooms also offer extra storage space and can be used for better organization because they help create a space for everything. They can also serve multiple functions, depending on the homeowner’s needs. Finally, mudrooms can be a creative or personalized space that is visually appealing and boosts the home’s character, appearance and value.

What Do You Put In A Mudroom?

Hopefully by now you have an understanding of where you want your mudroom to be located and what purpose you want it to serve. But if you’re still unsure of what you should put in your mudroom, read on for some ideas!

Mudroom Storage Ideas

Depending on how you want your mudroom to function, the items you choose to put in it might vary. However, there are some things every mudroom must have in order to optimize its storage use. For example, every mudroom should have wall hooks for jackets and gear to be hung on, and a bench for kids to sit on as they take off their shoes. Functioning as a place for extra storage, all mudrooms should also have multiple places that items can be stored. These places can include cabinets, cubbies, lockers or racks. Many homeowners choose to mix and match these storage options and designate specific places for each family member to store their belongings. Finally, all mudrooms should have a tile floor to act as a barrier from outdoor elements.

Mudroom Ideas

If you’re looking to add more flair or purpose to your mudroom, you can also choose to incorporate other elements. For example, if you want to allow for even more storage for cleaning supplies or more coats and shoes, you can add a closet or designated area to store anything from sports equipment to outdoor toys. You can also add a sink or mirror to be even more functional. Depending on your family and home’s needs, you can have your pet’s bed or a pantry or laundry room in your mudroom. Finally, to add more personalization and purpose, you can create a chalkboard, chore list or calendar to help your family stay organized.

Small Mudroom Ideas

Just because you may not have a full room designated for storage or organization doesn’t mean you can’t have a makeshift mudroom. You can turn a small closet, entryway or even a wall into a mudroom. All you need is a storage bench and hooks or baskets and hooks inside a closet to serve as a grab-and-go storage area. If you’re working with a smaller area, don’t feel limited by your space, but instead think of what you can do with your space vertically. If you try to make everything you use serve multiple purposes, you’ll have a number of possibilities!

Does A Mudroom Add Value?

Believe it or not, having an efficient mudroom in your home can significantly add to its value! As mudrooms are becoming more common in newer houses, they are also being considered an essential for many homebuyers. Potential buyers love to see a visually pleasing space that can not only be customized, but also serves multiple purposes for storage and other needs.

If you’re thinking of updating your mudroom or creating a new space for storage and organization, hopefully by now we’ve helped you think of some ideas! Good luck with your project, and remember to stay true to your family’s wants and needs!

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    Emma Tomsich

    Emma Tomsich is a student at Marquette University studying Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations. She has a passion for writing, and hopes to one day own her own business. In her free time, Emma likes to travel, shop, run and drink coffee.