If you are just beginning this journey with me, I recommend you start at the beginning of… “40 days to an organized house“.
When we moved into our home, it did not have a mud room and it really didn’t have a place for one, either. We were using the coat closet by our garage door, since we came in through the garage. There is a guest room near the back entrance, but I didn’t want to convert a whole room into a mud room, so we had to think outside of the box.
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My husband decided to make a mudroom bench for me. (He can make just about anything!) He took a corner of the wall and decided that we could use that spot. You an see the garage door beside our “Mud Room” area. We can just walk in and immediately put everything away.
How he made this (in 3 hours plus paint-drying time):
After he bought the materials, he painted everything in our garage before making this.
Next, he bought the legs (already cut just how he wanted them) and he added those.
He used the trim-pieces to frame the corners & the edges and used 1X3’s to trim the rest of the bead-board.
A few days later, he added a standard 8-inch wide board for the shelf. He bough the wooden shelf-brackets to support it.
Last touches: He sprayed a clear-coat on it to protect it. We added the hooks. Both were double-hooks to maximize the space.
My Mom found the baskets for me and I bought the vinyl letters for $3 (I still have so many left over).
I decided not to have it padded because I didn’t want to have to worry about cleaning the seat (since they have their shoes here), but you could easily do this.
I also did not add baskets to the top because, although I have three boys that will one day (soon) be taller than me, I am only 4’11 and can not reach the top shelf. My husband can reach it just fine and I know that our boys will soon reach it and they can have a basket, at that time, to keep their things (keys) in. My daughter and I will just have to make-due without one. (Why didn’t I lower the shelves? Their backpacks & coats would drag on the bench and I didn’t want that).
You could do this anywhere. You could EASILY turn a coat closet into a mini-mud room by adding a bench and a few hooks and baskets (remember to utilize the side walls with some extra hooks or just nails to hang things on)
Good luck with this. Decide where you want to have your spot. Remember that you can buy pre-made shelves or benches. (I know that walmart has benches for $50 and Ikea has some great units like this, already put together). Get a few baskets for shoes, some hooks for coats & backpacks and you are all set! This won’t take you long at all.
REMINDER: Pick an area that is close to where you come in. If you come in the front door, add one there (We rarely come in our front door, so I just have a cute little coat-hook spot on the wall and a little wicker basket for shoes there). It is mostly for guests.
If you want to see the full index for the 40 days of organization, see it here. You can pick where you want to go next (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, outside….)
Or are you ready to move onto Day 7: storage in the living room. (Hiding toys!)
Do you want a whole book devoted just to de-cluttering and organizing? Here you go: