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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Mudroom (aka the dump everything in here room)

When we first looked at our house, I was intrigued by a room they referred to as the ‘mudroom’. I’d never heard of such a thing. Would we even use it much? Turns out we use it a lot. In fact because of the way our house is situated, it’s the room that we, and everyone that knows us well, (Thank goodness guests go to the front door.) go through first before entering the house.

But besides being the ‘mudroom’, it has also become the room that Matt and Gray dump everything in. Matt’s got 8 pairs of shoes out there; Gray has 6. There are jackets, umbrellas, outdoor play toys, the dog’s stuff, the deep freezer…… You get the idea. I am not one that can stand clutter for long. Periodically I go through and put things where they belong. But in time, they always seem to find their way back to that room.

On a recent trip to my parent’s house, I was flipping through some magazines my mom had when I stumbled onto an article in Family Circle about organizing your mudroom. I was inspired! When I got home I shared my grand vision with Matt, and he liked it. Especially because that meant he got to build something.

I had hoped that the new and improved (plus cute) mudroom would have been done by now. Alas, the custom shelving unit is a work in progress, and we still need to paint the steps. So here’s one improvement that has helped the mess a bit – wall hooks. They are a great way to create storage and order on an open wall. They come in many different shapes, styles, and sizes. There’s a hook for every purpose and every room. I do need to issue a warning here. Be careful what you hang on hooks as prolonged hanging could distort the shape of certain items. We’re using these hooks for everyday jackets and play clothes. Our nicer coats are still being hung in the closet on good quality hangers.

So stay tuned. This project will be completed soon, and I will unveil it. And hopefully will be able to share some more tips on how to organize an out of control space.

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