Storage & Organization
15 Mudroom Organization Ideas
The mudroom is a treasured part of the house for outdoor and sports-loving families—but it’s important to prepare this heavy-duty area for a lot of dirty foot traffic. If your entryway isn’t quite the mudroom you need it to be, or you aren’t sure if you have the space for mudroom amenities, try out these great mudroom organization ideas.
A rock-solid bench in the mudroom is a must. It’s where everyone puts on and takes off their footwear, so make sure the bench can handle the weight of several people without tipping over. Fastening it to the wall is one way to make sure your mudroom organization stays put.
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Screens for Ventilation
A Place to Hang Your Hat
Mudroom organization isn’t complete without a set of strong hooks and a few sturdy shelves for storage. And people need a place to hang everything from hats to trekking poles, so provide plenty of room. Also remember to use reinforced hooks supported by studs for heavy coats and equipment.
Plus: Create DIY coat hooks
Don’t throw down just any rug in the mudroom. So choose a rug that has some bristle to it so that it can deal with dirty shoes, and make sure it’s easy to clean. Also, if the rug will be lying on a smooth surface, use rug grips to make sure it doesn’t slide around.
Set Up a Shoe Station
Include a Laundry Basket
Dirty, smelly socks, jerseys and sweatshirts can pile up in a hurry in a mudroom. Make it easy for those items to land in the laundry by setting up a large basket as a hamper. And this can be quickly hauled over to the washing machine to keep up your mudroom organization.
Combination Laundry Room/Mudroom
If your laundry room is next to your entryway, consider a combination laundry room/mudroom. The laundry room is typically designed for utilitarian work (with few breakable or stainable items), plus it has plenty of towels and cleaning supplies close at hand, when needed. And this will keep up your mudroom organization.
Build Individual Storage Lockers
Make everyone responsible for their own things by giving them their own locker. These cabinets provide individualized spaces for school supplies, equipment and outerwear. And will keep up your mudroom organization.
Skip the Doors
If you prefer open storage, consider this storage locker cabinet. It’s an ideal option for mudroom organization if you have active kids. And if they would rather not waste time opening and closing cabinets on their way out the door.
Include a Message Center
If your mudroom is also your primary entryway, set up a little message center. This message center project includes a bulletin board, small shelves for notes, and even a pull up writing surface. And this is the perfect place to leave reminders and sweet messages for each other.
Cubbyholes are another popular choice for mudroom organization storage. These small, open spaces are ideal for stowing shoes or small pieces of equipment that would otherwise be dropped all over the floor. And both low-level and high-level cubbyholes can work well. Also consider fabric or wicker baskets that fit into the cubbyholes to hides the mess.
Garage Mudroom Organization
If your entryway is small, you can create a mudroom in your garage near the interior door. So encourage kids to drop off their gear before they even make it into the house. This handy setup combines storage space for typical mudroom organization items like shoes and sports gear along with plenty of space for garage items as well.
Plus: Garage cleaning tips
Sometimes, you need convenient storage for managing recycling, water toys or gardening tools. In this case, we suggest building these plastic bin hangers that give you maximum mudroom organization storage space up and off the floor. And pull down a bin when it’s time to play with the toys or bring the recycling to the curb.