10 Things You Never Knew You Needed In Your Mudroom
You'll be dreaming of mudrooms tonight. #sorrynotsorry
If you're an apartment dweller, then your "mudroom" may consist of a patch of tile at the entrance of your living room with a pile up of shoes. But some envy-worthy homeowners have entire secondary entryways full of creative storage potential — cubbies, lockers, hooks, benches, cabinets, shelves, drawers, baskets. You didn't know you needed one until you saw one. Now I've pulled together 10 more things your mudroom needs. #sorrynotsorry
Of course we all have clocks on our phones...or maybe a watch. But when you’re holding bags, kids, pet(s) and/or groceries, it's not so easy to dig your phone out of your handbag. And yet when you’re getting ready to leave and running late, sometimes you just desperately need to see what time it is. This chic calendar clock is the perfect solution. Plus, it tells you the date!
Our Product Pick: Contemporary Metal Calendar Wall Clock, Bonanza
It might seem counterintuitive to put a rug in your mudroom. I can hear the chorus of "but it’s going to get dirty!" However, here’s my thinking: If you don't have a rug in there, all the dirt that would have gone on the rug will instead go on the floor. So, if you can find a reasonably priced, fun outdoor rug (which is made with materials that are a bit tougher and better able to handle high traffic areas) in a colorful pattern that can hide things, it will add both function and beauty to your space. I would think of the rug in your mudroom as more of an annual purchase, as it definitely will need to be replaced (so if you find one you love, buy a couple!).
Our Product Pick: Jaipur Rugs Desert Mojave, Rugs Direct
First Aid Kit
Most people have a first aid kit somewhere in their home. But the mistakes we all tend to make are: only buying one, then keeping that one kit buried up in a cabinet in a spare bathroom on another floor. I think it’s a great idea to keep a kit that’s easily accessible right in your mudroom. While you’re at it, think of other spots in your house that could use one (and don’t forget your car!).
Our Product Pick: 180-Piece First Aid Kit, Amazon.com
Built-in benches, hooks and cubbies always make a regular appearance on the Pinterest mudroom boards I stalk. But if you need a quick solution (or can’t afford to go custom), consider purchasing standard lockers. Just like at school, each family member could get their own locker to keep coats, backpacks, sporting equipment and all of their other essentials. You could even have some fun with it and let the kids decorate their lockers. And best of all, the lockers have doors, so you’re really able to keep your space looking neat and tidy.
Our Product Pick: Triple-Tier Lockers, School Outfitters
Wrapped Gifts, Ready to Go
A favorite idea of mine (that has saved me more times than I can count!), is keeping a few wrapped gifts ready to go and on hand.
Our Product Pick: Natural Linen Wine Bags, Online Fabric Store
Beach Towels + Supplies
If you live in a warmer climate and are lucky enough to be able to visit the beach all year round, consider keeping your stash of towels, toys, sunblock and other beach supplies in your mudroom so they’re easy to grab and go. You could put together a bag for each kid ahead of time, or simply create a big family beach bag with all of the essentials. Keep a few old towels in your mudroom as well so you can grab them to wipe off the dirt from boots or other messy outdoor items.
Our Product Pick: Turkish Cotton Bath and Beach Towels, Overstock.com
Wall-Mounted Message Board
A large, wall-mounted message board is a killer idea for a larger family that needs to share lots of details or messages. Host the family’s weekly schedule, reminders about sports, homework assignments, shopping lists and party to-dos. Encourage everyone in your family to use it as a central messaging hub to really get the most out of it.
Our Product Pick: Wall-Mounted Paper Roller, George & Willy
If your pup is anything like mine, he or she might like to hang out by the door waiting for you and your family to return home. If so, think ahead and get a special dog bed that you can keep right in your mudroom near the door. This will ensure that your pup is comfortable and has his or her own spot to hang out.
Our Product Pick: Faux Fur Dog Bed Cover, Pottery Barn
"Must Not Forget" Wall Pocket
Keep a wall pocket by the door in the mudroom to hold items that you absolutely, positively can not forget the next time you leave the house. This will likely be a rotating group of items including anything from mail, bills, the checkbook, items to return, to-do lists, etc. If you can get into the habit of always checking the “must not forget” pocket before you leave home, you’ll be rocking your to-do list like nobody’s business.
Our Product Pick: Mason Metal Hanging Rack, Home Decorators Collection
Most of us have full-length mirrors throughout our home; however, I find that it’s nice to be able to see how your whole outfit gets pulled together (including coat, hat, shoes, bags, etc). A full-length mirror in the mudroom will ensure that you look your best and feel your best, even after you’ve put on all the winter layers.
Our Product Pick: Liza Tapered Mirror, Urban Outfitters