10 Things You Never Knew You Needed In Your Mudroom

You'll be dreaming of mudrooms tonight. #sorrynotsorry

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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

Wall Clock

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Photo by: Photographer: Chris Constantine

Photographer: Chris Constantine

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

Outdoor Rug

Brooklyn Townhouse Entry

Brooklyn Townhouse Entry

Photo by: Francis Dzikowski

Francis Dzikowski

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

Lockers

Ranch House Mudroom

Ranch House Mudroom

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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

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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

Custom Mudroom With Chalkboard Wall

Custom Mudroom With Chalkboard Wall

Photo by: Melanie Millner

Melanie Millner

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

Pet Bed

White Traditional Mudroom With Washer and Dryer

White Traditional Mudroom With Washer and Dryer

Photo by: Courtesy of Emily Fisher of Rock Paper Hammer; Photo by Andrew Hyslop

Courtesy of Emily Fisher of Rock Paper Hammer; Photo by Andrew Hyslop

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

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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

Full-Length Mirror

Elegant Mudroom Features Wooden Storage Shelves

Elegant Mudroom Features Wooden Storage Shelves

Photo by: Chipper Hatter

Chipper Hatter

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

22 Mudroom Storage and Decorating Ideas

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Design With Kids in Mind

A Mudroom Must-Have

Just As Stylish As the Rest

Photo By: Design by Jane Frederick

Tucked Away

Photo By: Design by Sarah Richardson

Create a Room That Flows

Photo By: Design by Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects; photography by Bradley M. Jones

Multipurpose at Its Best

Determine Your Mudroom's Functionality

Efficient, Family-Friendly Storage

Photo By: Design by Traci Zeller

Closed Off and Clutter-Free

Photo By: Design by Jeffrey Brown, Monica Miller and Stefanie Ciak of J.S. Brown & Co.

Three Rooms in One

So Much Storage, So Little Space

On-the-Go Hallway Storage

A Space for Your Needs

Create Storage With Repurposed Furniture

Glam It Up

Don't Forget the Ambiance

Photo By: Design by Solomon+Bauer+Giambastiani Architects; photography by Bradley M. Jones

Double the Function

Incorporate Personal Style

Photo By: Courtesy of Kristin Salazar

Account for Pets

Photo By: Design by Monica Miller of J.S. Brown & Co.

Make Dead Space Valuable

Ample Storage

Photo By: Design by Jeffrey Brown and Stefanie Ciak of J.S. Brown & Co.

Mix Up Storage Elements

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