This article is reprinted with permission of Katie Kavulla, Care.com
Keep the mud out of your house with these family-friendly mudroom storage ideas.
If your home has a mudroom, count yourself lucky! Not only is mudroom storage great for capturing dirt from your kids’ outside adventures before it gets to your living space, but it is also a fantastic spot for holding school backpacks, soccer gear, dog supplies and more.
“Start with a mat or two outside of the mudroom door to trap dirt and allergens,” suggests Lauren Williams, the owner of Casual Uncluttering. “Mats just inside the door can be designated for shoes, or even a fast dumping spot for wet items.”
No mudroom at home? Take a tip from Care.com caregiver Ariel Van Ness, who works with families on keeping their homes organized: “Use a small, freestanding hanging clothes rack and put a plastic tub on the bottom rack, adding towels in the bottom of each tub. Kids can hang their coats up, allowing water to drip into the tubs, and shoes can be placed directly in the tubs, too. All you have to do is throw the towels in the wash!”
Check out these 23 smart tips for mudroom storage:
- Bench It
If you have the space, consider adding a bench, like this DIY mudroom bench from HoneyBear Lane.
- Use Wasted Space
Found on Ana White, a hidden storage space can tuck some of your gear away.
- Store Shoes Stylishly
Families who love rustic-chic will love the way Maple Leaves & Sycamore Trees used galvanized metal chicken boxes for shoe storage.
- Think About Pets
The pet feeder station from The Design Confidential is perfect for keeping everything pet-related out of the way.
- Get Creative With Crates
The DIY mudroom storage crates on The Rustic Willow customizes where you need some extra storage.
- Make Small Spaces Work
Take a tip from The Midway House and their nook of a mudroom, tucked in their laundry room.
- Stay Outside
No mudroom? Look to the garage. Dixie Delights will inspire you.
- Go Vintage or Bust
While the focus of this post from Sincerely, Sara D. is on the calendar, it’s hard to take your eye off of her mudroom shoe storage solution in that antique shoe shelf, which originally sat in a post office.
- Add Hooks
For a simple, no-fuss mudroom, Freckles Chick’s mini mudroom is lovely inspiration for mudroom storage that isn’t overwhelming.
- Label It
Keeping kids’ shoes and gear separate is key, which is why the numbered baskets on Everyday Enchanting is a hit.
- Make It More Than a Mudroom
Let your kids dump their school papers as they unpack in the mudroom, thanks to this tip from I’m an Organizing Junkie.
- End the Arguments
Use DIY wall art from Shanty 2 Chic with each child’s photograph to end hook confusion once and for all.
- Keep Mud at Bay
Make a drip tray for muddy boots using this tutorial on Sawdust and Embryos to keep mud contained.
- Learn All About Cubbies
Sawdust and Embryos also has instructions to make your own mudroom cubbies, which are perfect for organizing mittens and hats.
- Remember the Little Things
Collect small items like keys and electronics with a slick cupboard, like A Bowl Full of Lemons does.
- Make It Harry Potter-Approved
Try converting the nook under your stairs with ideas from Remodelaholic.
- Custom Made Easy
DIY Design’s kinda-custom storage cabinet is a budget-friendly mudroom transformation you must see.
- Use the Corners
Scroll down in this home tour post from Debbie Doo’s to see the coolest corner mudroom storage solution.
- Don’t Forget the Hall
The Creativity Exchange proves you don’t need a ton of space — their hallway mudroom organizing unit is only five inches wide!
- Get Boots Off the Floor
The homemade welly stand on By Stephanie Lynn will give boots a place to dry in your mudroom.
- Use Pallets
Design a stylish shoe rack from an old pallet with help from Lovelace Files — it’s a great and on-trend idea for home decor.
- DIY, Start to Finish
The DIY mudroom lockers post from East Coast Creative will help you along the way for a complete mudroom build.
- Make It Pretty
Shoe storage can still be chic. Home Stories A to Z covers PVC pipe with wallpaper for a DIY shoe holder.