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I'm in the process of creating a space.....
.....where all the muddy boots go to live.
You know....where they can party it up with the umbrellas and the scarves and mittens.....just like this simple mudroom from Country Living.
Creating space for a mudroom is easier than you think...all you need is a little inspiration and organization.
So if you have a little mud at your house and you're trying to organize it all like me....
....here's a few mudroom organizing ideas.
1. Rethink your existing spaces
Here's a brilliant idea from Canadian House and Home to transform an armoire into a mini mudroom.
Simply transform a cabinet or bookcase into a functioning space to house boots and coats and hats.
Hang an organizer from the rod inside the cabinet to easily store mittens and scarves.
2. Add a place to sit
This mini mudroom recently featured in Country Living, creates a welcoming pace to take off boots and shoes.
Create a similar look with a rustic bench and a row of hooks on the wall.
Finish the space with an umbrella stand and metal trays to hold muddy boots.
3. Make it work for your family
A fully stocked mudroom like this one from This Old House....keeps the mud at a minimum.
Add a drying rack for scarves and mittens and stacks of towels to dry off all the wet.
Extra seating like these fun chairs help keep the mudroom organized and easily accommodates a busy family.
4. Build it in
If you have the space....built-in cubbies are a perfect mudroom organizing idea.....like these built-ins from This Old House.
Add a rack for each person in the family and even an individual space for boots and shoes.
Then add a large basket or stand to hold sports equipment and a smaller one for umbrellas.
As winter rears its frosty head....snowy days are here. Muddy boots and scarves and mittens can be a full-time job. Having a place to put them all.....
Photo credits: Country Living, Candian House and Home, Country Living, This Old House, This Old House
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like. Follow KariAnne on Google+
In this new house we barely have room for our coats. LOVE the house.
I have mud, and fur, and leaves and all manner of things that come in on the wind, kids, and pets. I didn't think i had room for a "mud room" actually I knew I didn't, until the armoire idea. Now guess who is getting a "mud room", whoo hoo it's me! Happy dance.