Are you always tripping over boots and shoes or are you lacking storage for everyday outdoor clothing and other outdoor items? Mudrooms can be a great space to contain everything and keep the mess hidden away.
Mudrooms are often accessible from the garage or a side door to the home. However, the main entrance, under the stairs, or another open area in the home could also act as a mudroom. Since dirty shoes and other outdoor items are stored in there, it is beneficial to create a space to contain these items.
Keep reading below to get ideas for effective mudroom storage, other areas in the home that could be used for outdoor items, and how to make the mudroom more inviting.
What do you store in a mudroom?
Mudrooms are typically used to store shoes, boots, coats, hats, snowsuits, umbrellas, keys, mail, sporting goods, cleaning supplies, and much more.
It could also be an extension to the laundry room and store all laundry equipment and supplies.
A mudroom is typically used to store dirty outside clothing and other dirty items. However, if you have a large mudroom, you could store many other home items as well.
Don’t limit yourself to storing only certain items just because it is a “mudroom”.
How do you organize a mudroom? Mudroom storage ideas
In order to organize a mudroom effectively, determine what items you want to store in there and then come up with a plan to contain those items.
- Shoes, boots, coats, any outdoor clothing items should have a space directly upon entering the room
- Hats, sunglasses, keys, mail, and other smaller items could be stored together, but doesn’t necessarily need to be as soon as you enter the door
- Cleaning supplies such as brooms, mops, and vacuum(s), should be stored in an area where they can quickly be grabbed for frequent use
Before deciding which organizing products you want to purchase, make sure you have an idea of what you will be storing in there.
Go through all clothing items and make sure everything fits or that you have a child that will grow into them. If there is anything that is too small or ripped, donate or throw away those items.
Once you know exactly what will be going into the mudroom, you can then figure out what type of storage would best contain those items and how you want the room to look in the end.
Use the height of the room to create an organized space. You really only need one wall to store the majority of items that will be stored in a standard mudroom. Using shelving, cabinets, hooks and a bench will provide all of the storage you will need.
In order to keep the outside mess contained, put a rubber mat at the door on the outside and the inside. Either for everybody to remove their shoes outside of the door and then carry them in or to remove when they get inside and then take them to the storage unit.
Great options for storing shoes and boots in a mudroom
#1: Metal shoe organizer
This metal and polyester unit provides a quick and easy space for the shoes to be placed into. Kids can easily put their shoes in this unit and they won’t fall through to the other shelves.
If the shoes are wet, the polyester shelving provides a nice breathable space for them to dry out.
#2 Storage bench
This cute mudroom storage bench provides a space to sit down to take off your shoes and then immediately put the shoes or boots into the storage at the bottom of the bench.
#3 Flip door shoe organizer
This shoe organizing unit is great for hiding shoes away. Just pull the doors open to reveal where the shoes will slide into and then close it up. The unit looks beautiful as well, so your mudroom will look clean and stylish.
Mudroom storage cabinets
In order to brighten up the room, consider buying white cabinets. Especially if the room is small and doesn’t have great lighting. White cabinets can make the room appear larger and brighter.
#4: Upper Cabinets
Cabinets work really well in mudrooms that are in the same space as the laundry room.
Generally closed cabinets are more effective for holding laundry detergent, dryer sheets, cleaning products, etc. So installing upper cabinets above your laundry machines will keep everything organized and hidden.
#5: Lower Cabinets
Lower cabinets with doors could be used for dirty shoes and storing backpacks, purses, hats, glasses, etc.,
Don’t combine the laundry items with the outdoor items. It is important to keep them in their own separate spaces for keeping track of what is stored in the room and for the general workflow.
Storing outdoor clothing & off-season items in the mudroom
#6: Storage cubby unit with hooks
For kids coats, snow pants, splash pants, umbrellas, hats, mitts, and school bags, I use this organizing unit.
The cubbies are great for the smaller items, such as hats and mitts and the hooks can hold jackets, umbrellas, school bags, and much more. I also use bins on top of the unit for each of my children. The bins hold all of their off-season clothing.
If you have upper cabinets in the mudroom, the top of the cabinets is also a great space to put bins or baskets to contain items that are off-season or are not used as frequently.
#7: Do-it-yourself mudroom storage options
If you enjoy DIY projects, create your own organized space in your mudroom with 2×4’s. Then you can decide how big each cubby will be, or each shelving area, or even a bench space.
You can create it to best-fit everything that you want to store in the mudroom. Paint it white to brighten up the space.
#8: Small mudroom storage solutions
If you have a small mudroom, consider purchasing small shelves and hooks to hang on the walls. These take up a very small footprint in the room but can hold a lot of different outdoor items.
For shoes and boots, use a laundry basket or a thin storage unit, that can be kept close to where everybody enters the home and the shoes can just be placed into.
In a small mudroom, it is important to use the height of the room as much as possible. Store the items that aren’t used as often at the highest point and the frequently used items at the bottom.
Mudrooms do not have to be large to be functional. Using the best storage options for a small space can make it incredibly usable and will keep everything organized and looking clean.
If you enter your mudroom from outside of the house, it is ideal to make sure that it is big enough for several people to enter and remove their dirty shoes at the same time.
However, if that just isn’t possible, make sure that each person entering the home can quickly remove their shoes and put them right into the designated storage space.
#9: Large mudroom storage ideas
For large mudrooms, the options are endless.
You could build a DIY bench area with lots of cubbies and hooks.
For children’s items, like their coats and school bags, it’s easier to use open shelving, cubbies, and hooks, that they can easily put their own items away.
For everything else and items that aren’t used as frequently, such as off-season outdoor clothing, use cabinets that can be organized and then closed off. This will give a nice clean appearance and keep everything close to where you will need it for the next season.
Large mudrooms are often combined with the laundry room as well. For the best use of the room, try to create a space for laundry items and a separate space for the mudroom.
The mudroom area should be closer to the entrance/exit of the home. This could be one wall designated as the mudroom, or maybe half of the room that is closer to the door.
The laundry room can then be the other longer wall or the remaining half of the room. For additional tips on decluttering and organizing a laundry room, read this post.
What if you don’t have a mudroom?
Mudrooms are typically located as soon as you enter a door into the home. However, if you don’t have a large enough space to contain everything as soon as you enter your home or you don’t have a mudroom. You could create another area to designate as the mudroom.
Front entrance mudroom ideas
Since the front entrance is a main focal point in the home, it is important to create a beautiful space that is easy to keep clean and avoid tripping over shoes.
First, make sure to have a large rug that hides some of the dirt. A dark colour will be the best option for this space.
#10: Bench with coat rack
This storage unit would be a beautiful addition to the front entrance of your home. It can hold jackets, hats, shoes, purses, face masks, plus many other items that you need to quickly grab when leaving the home.
It also includes a bench so that you can sit down to put on and remove your shoes. The bench could also just be used for storing more items if you don’t need a place to sit down.
#11: Corner organizing unit
This corner unit provides plenty of space to store outdoor items. It also doesn’t take up much space, so would work well in smaller entryways. It can hold items, such as coats, hats, keys, umbrellas, shoes, and more.
#12: 5-tier shoe rack
If your main concern at the front door is keeping the shoes from getting tripped over, this tiered shoe rack unit is perfect.
It looks nice, holds a large number of shoes, and also has a drawer to hold keys, sunglasses, and other small items that you need to grab quickly when leaving the house.
There is also a shelf on top where you could put a bin for mail or keep your purse there.
#13: Create a mudroom storage space in the garage
Be careful about what you are storing in the garage. If you live in a warm, fairly dry area, where there is no concern about potential dampness and mold, then this would be a great place to keep the mess out of the home.
If the garage will work well for you, put some hooks near the door where the jackets can be hung up. Use several rubber mats that the boots and shoes can be put on.
For the shoes that aren’t worn every day, a tall shoe tower would work really well. It uses the height of the wall and keeps the shoes out of the way.
#14: Use the space under the stairs as a mudroom
If you live in a two story home and have an open area under your stairs. This would be a perfect space to make a small storage space for shoes and off-season outdoor clothing items. As well as storing hats and umbrellas.
If you enjoy building items, creating drawers that would fill in the space would be perfect. It looks clean and beautiful when the drawers are closed but actually allows you to use that otherwise wasted space.
Another option is using cube storage. There are many different options on layouts and sizes for these units and they could easily be modified to fit nicely under the stairs. Use fabric bins to store jackets, hats, mitts, and shoes.
Finally, pull out carts would also work well. They can slide under when not in use and easily slide out to put shoes, jackets, hats, etc. into. Just make sure to measure the space before choosing one.
#15: Other spacious areas in the home
If you have a family room or living room that has a large space not being used. Storage units, benches and hooks could be installed on one wall to store everything. Use a pretty curtain to hide any unsightly items.
Dirty shoes and boots should be fully dried and the dirt knocked out of them before bringing them to the living room or family room. Storing shoes in bins would allow easy transferring of these items. Remove the shoes at the front door, put them in a bin and then take the bin to the storage unit.
Create a welcoming space in the mudroom
Since mudrooms are often not the most attractive or clean area of the home, it can often be forgotten. Who wants to enter a space that just looks like work?!?
To make the space more inviting, consider painting the room a beautiful, bright colour that will make you happy the moment you walk in the room. Add some amazing artwork to the walls and a beautiful rug that fits your style.
Do you really need a mudroom?
A mudroom is not a necessity. It can help to keep the outside mess in one room, but a front entryway closet or storage unit can be just as effective.
Use a shoe rack for the shoes and hangers for coats, snowsuits, scarves, etc. Smaller shelving units could be stacked in the closet for storing all other outdoor items.
Regardless of what space you use for dirty outdoor items, the goal is to create organizing solutions around what you already own and want to organize.
Does having a mudroom in the home add value?
A mudroom may not add much value to the selling price of your home, but it does add value to the family. Having a designated space where shoes, jackets, and everyday items can be stored will keep the mess from getting tracked through the house.
Having less to clean up will be a huge savings in time and that alone adds value.
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Mudrooms are a great space to contain the outside mess. It can be overwhelming trying to keep the mess under control but with the right organization and flow in place, it can easily be contained and cleaned up regularly.
Make sure that the whole family understands where everything should go and that they need to remove their shoes and boots at the entryway. This will be essential in keeping this room neat and organized.
I hope you have found these organizing solutions helpful and you can get your mudroom or other storage space organized today!
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