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Mud Rooms that Work

I thought it was a great time to share with you my own back to school challenge, what I did last summer to get us on track. Getting back into the routine is always challenging, I find a lot of the time it is because spaces in our homes are dysfunctional. This summer I focused on areas of our home that I felt needed to change. With my son leaving for college and the fact that my daughter really being in her teen years, made me see a lot was not really working for her and us as a family.

Week 3 is all about Mud Rooms that Work! Thought I would share with you a few different ways you can create a mudroom in your home.

Different Entrances Mudrooms

My mudroom is in my laundry room. It is intended to house our jackets for winter and rain. As well as a few accessories, umbrellas and my tote I prepare the night before I am going to a job site. This summer was a big clean out of all my daughter’s clutter and a nice clean up of back door mudroom. Out with old in with new for jackets and accessories.

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My daughter’s backpack and shoes are stored in the wheeled basket and shelf we have in a storage closet that was supposed to be a coat closet by our front door. We replaced the hang bar for storage shelves in the coat closet to just store those items. The reason why we opted for the mudroom section by the back door where the garage is attached to our house is that she is the only person that walks in the front door when she comes from and goes to school.

This is was a great find at Pottery Barn it is actually a recycling bin but fits those few pairs of shoes worn daily a great storage piece to house them. She is all set to be organized, lets see if she can make it from the stairs to the closet. A whole 5 feet, what a work out for her.

Pottery Barn

Entryway Mudroom

When creating an entry mudroom try not to clutter it up. In this family home, I built all of the storage on the door side and created a soft bench area as the focal point with family photos to give it a more open look.

Marker Girl

Back Door Mudrooms

To keep clutter down to a minimum consider closed storage for some areas of the space, to hide it all away. Like I designed in this family-friendly home in Houston.


Marker Girl

A real favorite is this one done by Tobi Fairley so fun with grey and yellow it is very decorative and still uses a lot of closed storage drawers on the bottom and bins on the top.

mudroom tobiphoto from House of Turquoise


Small Space Mudrooms

I really like the idea of wallpaper for the space to give it texture and just add a shelf since space can be limited. A beautifully designed mudroom and a great way to have a coat hanging area.

Marker Girl Modern Family Remodel

This is a great small space idea from the Container Store they call it their mudroom starter kit.

Container Store


Check out more ideas for mudrooms on our Pinterest Board!

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Imagine walking into your living room to find your two-year-old covered in marker along with your beautiful ottoman! I learned that lesson the hard way and
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