In a perfect world, every single home, condo, or apartment would have some sort of a little room located right off of one of the entry ways that would serve as a dedicated mudroom. A place where you and your family can store your coats, shoes, handbags, briefcases, or backpacks, as well as the dozens of items you might need to wear outside on a cold day (hats. gloves, scarves, boots) or things you might need to grab on your way out the door (sports gear, folding chairs, umbrellas, dry cleaning, etc). But alas- most of us are living in places that don't have such a space (I know I am not alone in this- I watch all of those home makeover shows on TV!). So the real question is- how can we create a mudroom space in a room that is already dedicated for another purpose?
In our home, we actually have three entry ways that we can use- the front door (which no one but guests seem to use), and the kitchen door and basement door (which we use equally). Since it is impractical to try to create a mudroom space in our kitchen, we decided to use this small room in our basement as both a mudroom, storage space, as well as a game room! It's a lot to ask of one tiny room- but there's how we made it work!
Tip #1: Assess what you want to achieve/store in the area set aside as the “mudroom”
In our case, we wanted cubbies that each of our kids could use to hang coats, toss shoes, as well as store sports gear. We looked into building or buying “locker-style” cubbies but then we figured it would be way more cost effective to re-purpose these two desk hutches and turn them into divided hanging spaces for the kids. Plastic bins above and below the hooks are used to corral shoes as well as sports gear. Problem solved- and it didn't cost us a dime!
But because we always have off-season shoes/jackets/gear that will need to be stored as well as a fairly large collection of items that can eventually be handed down to the next sized-child, we needed to have some dedicated storage space in this room as well. Fortunately, we have two generously-sized closets. We dedicated one to storage of off-season gear and the other to other household storage (wrapping paper, bags, boxes, and memory boxes). While I am not crazy about the mirrored sliding doors for these closets- my kids actually love them so they can see exactly how they look before they walk out the door!
I also plan to someday replace the industrial-grade carpeting that is in this room with some vinyl flooring that has the look of wood. (Wondering about the difference between laminate vs vinyl flooring? Click here…). But until that day arrives- we are using some old rugs over the carpeted floors to improve the overall look of our mudroom.
Tip #2: Determine the other uses for this space
Our neighbors, whose children are now grown, offered us this awesome foosball table a few weeks ago. All my kids needed to do was to walk over and carry it back up the driveway to our house (which they did in about 30 seconds!). The problem was- we had no where to put it! So it was stored in the garage for a few weeks where no one really liked to hang out to play with it. So I made a plan to re-work this room to allow for some space for the foosball table.
And needless to say- my kids are thrilled! Is this a normal use of a mudroom space? Umm…..no. But it is the best use of this space for us these days!
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I hope this post has inspired you to consider how you can get create your own multipurpose mudroom! Click here to download a copy of my free printable checklist on How to Create Your Own Multi Functional Space!
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