The Secret to Wintertime Organization: A Mudroom!

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on November 18, 2018

Now that the snow and cold have arrived in Southern Maryland,
you’ve probably noticed a new problem at home: Lots of wet gear and footprints in your house!

In fact, now that each family member needs a winter coat, boots, hats, mittens, scarf, and snow pants, it doesn’t take long before your home feels like a disorganized, wet mess.

And we haven’t even officially hit the start of winter yet!

If you’re lucky to have a mudroom in your Southern Maryland home, you know what a lifesaver this extra space can be. If you don’t have a mudroom – or yours isn’t up to par – consider carving out a little space where winter gear can be stowed before everyone enters your home. You’ll be surprised how quickly even a tiny space can make you feel more organized!

The folks at ApartmentTherapy listed seven things that a perfect mudroom has. These five are our favorites:

  • Hooks and racks: You need someplace to hang coats, snow pants, and other winter gear. Clothing racks, closet bars, and wall hooks are all great options, depending on
    your space.
  • Bench: Someplace to sit is necessary when you’ve got heavy snow boots to take off! Stash a boot tray underneath for wet shoes, Apartment Therapy suggests, or opt for a bench that opens for extra storage.
  • Cubbies or lockers: Give every member of your household someplace to hang their stuff, including coats, hats and mittens, and backpacks. Just this one tip will cut down on clutter dramatically!
  • A closet: You’ve got cubbies for everyone, but there are still things that need to be stowed in a mudroom. Apartment Therapy says a closet is a great place for
    out-of-season items, sports equipment, cleaning supplies, and more.
  • Tile floor: With so much water and dirt, you want a floor that can take a beating and clean up easily. You can’t go wrong with durable tile!

See Apartment Therapy’s whole mudroom list here, and visit Houzz for 50 gorgeous mudrooms to inspire your mudroom project!

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