You walk into your home you immediately feel a loss of energy. You are tripping over shoes, backpacks are thrown on the floor, and the jackets are piled on the chair. When you leave the house, you are always looking to find your keys, your work bag, and your shoes. Nothing can be found.
This adds to a stressful beginning and end of your day.
What if you do not have a Mud Room? What if your Mud Room is small? What if you have a small entry way and A LOT of stuff?
There are several storage solutions for an organized, efficient, and sustainable entryway and mudroom. This is especially important as we move toward the school year. Every family needs to have a place to store backpacks, seasonal wear, shoes, jackets, and other miscellaneous items. Do you have a place for all of these necessities today?
If they answer is no to anyone of these, then let’s talk.
This will be crucial as you start to prepare for going back to school. These simple steps and solutions will make the different between a chaotic morning and a relaxing, intentional start to the day for everyone in your family.
As always you need to take an intentional start to your project.
Determine budget, purge, and determine what will live in this space.
Common Mud Room or Entryway needs are as follows: Cleaning supplies, reuseable bags, jackets, seasonal gear (hats, mittens, etc), umbrellas, shoes, backpacks/bags, and animal supplies.
Below you will find the simple organization solutions for a small entryways or mud rooms.
Simple Storage Solutions:
Cube organizing shelves are one of my favorite go-to organization solutions! They look great and come in a variety of style options! They are easy and full of options. They come in a variety of sizes too.
Add some colorful storage bins and label them. I love a good label. You can use a sharpie, you can use chalkboard stickers, or a hot glue a small chalkboard or dry erase board to the bin. It adds a little style and helps your family know what lives there! Open storage spaces can be used for bags.
You can easily section out the columns for each kid or person in your family. So for instance, the far left can be your labeled column. The top section can be for bags or backpacks, the middle bin for shoes, and bottom for seasonal belongings.
Try a smaller cube organizing cube bookshelf. This one below has varying size options. Depending on needs you may want to use bins on one side and then store shoes or boots on the left side.
I also like the style of the one below. It is smaller. You can easily hang coats and other objects above. The various sizes can again include a mix of small bins, bags, and shoes!
I love a storage, cube bench! Picture this friends. You have a bench for your kids to sit on and tie their shoes. You have shoe storage, bag storage, and dog supply storage. Add a few throw pillows to add a little personality or style. Organization does not need to be boring.
Another option is a small hall tree. This one is great because it has a shelf for simple storage, a place to hang coats, a bench, and storage. A lot of potential here.
Below is another great option for hanging jackets, bags, or hates. The above compartments can serve as a place to hold seasonal wear or other important items. This paired with a cube organizer or shoe organizer below it can really complete your organization journey.
Put it all together:
Now, that you have a few ideas, let’s pull it all together to set you up for a successful school year. I truly believe that the Entryway or Mud Room is one of the most important spaces to keep organized.
For a more complete guide on getting started with your mud room/entryway, download my Free Guide HERE!
Intentional Living Tip: To Create a space that is functional for the whole family make sure that each system put into place is accessible for the family member(s) that will be using this area or space.