Easily the room that gets the most traffic in our home, the mudroom may seem inconsequential but we put a lot of time and thought into the design and layout! I feel like this room is overlooked so often and treated as a thoroughfare.
But when planned out, can provide ample storage space, a rest-stop of sorts (I’ll explain below), and a place for the dirt, snow, wet, (and everything else your kids drag in from the outdoors) to catch before it sullies the rest of the house.
(see how long I’ve been planning this post? Sandals…Someone please bring back summer!)
We have two entrances into our mudroom: 1 from the garage (easily one of the most used) and a secondary entrance into the house which the kids come into from school and from playing out front. We have the kids come in through this entrance to unload, fill up water bottles, and to remove shoes.
Each kid has been assigned a locker and each was built to house their “on-the-go” necessities: jackets, shoes, backpacks, treasures – whatever they want – it’s their space! Even Braun and I have a space.
The top portions of the cabinets hold things like gloves, hats, and other seasonal accessories. I find that when things are on a higher shelf, they tend to get forgotten so we make sure that we aren’t putting really important stuff at the top! This space would also be perfect for a basket or other storage bin.
We made a trip to Target to pick up small baskets to help organize the kid’s belongings down below. We don’t police what they have in there – we really want it to be a space where they can store and protect their belongings. Plus, they don’t end up on my floor – it’s a win-win! haha
I wasn’t able to find where I purchased the baskets below but I linked ones I love even more! They’re super long and narrow so you could fit 2 or 3 and really utilize the space. I think they’d also be awesome for under the sink to organize a bathroom or a closet! And if you are looking for a simple way to label your bins or baskets, these are small clips that fit over the edge that easily hold a label should you want to further organize your things.
The bottom drawers are for shoes. We have a bench on the right side that we keep some shoes under as well but the majority of their shoes go in this drawer so they’re not laying around!
As you can see, we do keep a few shoes out but they’re typically the ones we grab quite a bit or when we have a bit of overflow! We don’t wear shoes in our house so everything stops in the mudroom.
These baskets above were a compromise between two styles I really love – woven baskets and more modern, metal ones. These are no longer in stock but there are some beautiful options at Target (where I got these) and there are plenty of options no matter your style! I also love that these shelves aren’t soooo out of reach. Even at my height (5’4) I’m able to reach these larger baskets and pull them down or tuck stuff out of sight.
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This drinking fountain is the best thing we’ve done in this room! It’s so convenient and it gets so much use in our home. The tiles floors are also nice since they don’t let water seep through or damage easily when the kids aren’t being super careful. I also love that we can fill up our Hydro Flasks! As a family, we get to cut down on our waste and the green ticker keeps count of the number of 20 oz. plastic water bottles saved from using our fountain! It’s a cool thing to track and teaches our kids to be mindful of waste.
The silver ion antimicrobial protection on the plastic pieces inhibit the growth of mold and mildew but it’s still important to clean your fountain a few times a year and this trick will also help clear up water spots!
The fastest and most natural way to clean up your fountain (this also works well for your Hydro Flasks) is to use a common household product that you probably have in your pantry or under your sink: straight white distilled vinegar. This all-natural cleaner is great for killing certain germs and bacteria, and also removes stains. To clean your fountain simple pour your vinegar into a spray bottle and liberally spray your fountain and let sit for 2-3 minutes before scrubbing with a clean sponge. If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, fill your bottle one-fifth of the way with white vinegar and fill the rest with water. You can also add a little lemon to cut through the smell.
This is going to get rid of those hard-to-remove water spots and keep your fountain running for a long time!
SHOP MY FAVORITE LEOPARD PRINT SHOES
And don’t forget the small mirror by the door on your way out – never hurts to get a second look before you head out to begin your day!
MY FAVORITE HANGING MIRRORS
To the left of the garage entrance, we have a small closet that we keep all of our games in! If you want to know what games we love and play as a family, you can read about it HERE! And right behind that open door is our mudroom bathroom which I love – the blue and the gold are one of my favorite color combos!
This mudroom tour wouldn’t be complete without the toilet – I can’t even tell you how many people tell me they were waiting to use this toilet when they visit my house haha! If you aren’t in the market for a new toilet but want to experience one of the best inventions ever, you can purchase this seat/lid which has the bidet feature built in and can be fitted to your existing toilet!
And that’s it! One of my favorite rooms in our house because I felt we designed it to be functional and really serve our family! If I’ve missed something or you have questions, drop them below in the comments!