When we moved into our current home, a critical element for me was a suitable, useable and friendly mudroom that provided enough space for our family. We had lived in homes that didn’t have ample space for the kids and their “stuff”. As many of you know, kids have a lot of “stuff”. In the winter they have hats, scarves, gloves, snow pants, and jackets. They have sports with hockey sticks and balls, sleepovers with bags and toys, and  playdates with stuffed animals…..just to name a few.

In my household, the kids need a landing to throw their stuff when they get home. Of course in my perfect world, the kids come home and immediatley run around the house placing all their belongings in their respective homes. They throw their dirty clothes in the laundry, put their sports gear in the garage, unpack their sleepover bag and hang their wet clothes up to dry.  HA! NOT EVEN CLOSE!

A good compromise for all of us is a mudroom with enough space to put on boots, have several pairs of shoes that are used often in a drawer, have a jacket or sweatshirt close at hand and maybe even an umbrella for a rainy day.

We have a household of 4, so I wanted everyone to have their own space. I decided on a 4 cubbie locker with enough space for hats, jackets, shoes and maybe even a purse for my teenager.

img_5716Another important feature for me was a place to hang the kids artwork, notes for schools, agenda’s and important reminders. These beautiful cork boards did the trick.

img_5719The entryway into the mudroom from the garage has a large hutch and mirror, used regularly for mail drop off. The mirror is great for a last minute wardrobe check before leaving the house.

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img_5723The hutch provides great storage for hats and gloves and school supplies.

img_5721img_5722Whatever your space, it’s important to think about how you will use your space and when building a locker or wall unit for your mudroom or entryway, plan ahead..you can never have too much of a good thing. Enjoy.

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