Your mudroom is not only the last place you grab things as you rush out the door, it's also the first space you see when you get home. Because of this, your mudroom ideally should be both practical and presentable - nobody wants to come home after a long day to a mess of coats and shoes on the floor!
If you're used to just dumping, clumping or hiding your most used items as soon as you walk in the door, your entryway could probably use a little help. Don't worry! We've pulled together some quick mudroom ideas so you can organize your mudroom and make it more functional for your family's busy lifestyle.
1. Have hooks instead of hangers.
If you really want people to hang up their coats, book bags and purses when they get home, make it as easy as possible. Having hangers in a coat closet is fine for storing coats you don't wear on a daily basis, but the jacket you grab each day is much easier to locate when it's simply on a hook by the door.
2. Add a bench for entryway seating.
Having a boot bench or other seating in your mudroom provides a great place for everyone to sit and put on or take of their shoes. Shoes can carry a lot of germs and bacteria into your home. Having a bench can help remind your family to take off their shoes when entering, and they can easily store them right there in the mudroom. Then, when it's time to go, you're never frantically searching for those missing shoes.
3. Create charging stations with Docking Drawer in-drawer electrical outlets.
These charging outlets can easily be installed inside the drawers or cabinets in your mudroom to create charging stations for each member of your family. As the market leader in in-drawer outlets, these outlets are tested, ETL Listed, safe and reliable, and can help keep your electronic devices charged and organized while eliminating unsightly cord clutter. When it's time for the family to enjoy some non-screen time, or head to bed, everyone can easily store their cell phones, laptops, iPads and more in their mudroom drawer, and it will be charged and ready for them next time they need it.
4. Include a wall calendar and clock.
Having a big wall calendar and clock in your home's entryway can help keep everyone on schedule. Make sure you keep it updated with everyone's activities, or have everyone be responsible for adding their important dates to the calendar themselves. You can find large calendars at most home decor stores or on Amazon, or you can make your own right on the wall with some chalkboard paint.
5. Designate space for each member of your family.
Have a designated area in your entryway for each person in your family to store their most used items. Lockers are a functional way to store sports equipment and bookbags. Baskets can hold flip flops and sunglasses in the summer, and gloves, hats and scarves in the winter. When everyone knows exactly where to store their items it can greatly cut down on the morning scramble to locate those missing headphones.
The key to having an organized, functional mudroom is to customize it to you and your family's needs. Use these mudroom ideas as your foundation and create the entryway that you've always wanted. You'll be amazed at how much of a difference it can make.
And to learn more about Docking Drawer and the innovative in-drawer electrical charging and powering outlets we have, check out our website or contact us with any questions. We're here to help you!