September signals the end to summer and a time when many of us transition back to our indoor living spaces. Whether that means streamlining back-to-school living or simply refocusing on the home, many people are thinking of ways to help improve household organization. One solution is a well-designed mudroom which offers an organizational passage space between the outdoors and indoors and can help solve clutter problems for any size household.
Mudrooms have become increasingly popular in recent decades, and while some still serve as small, “unofficial” entryways, others are now large, carefully choreographed storage rooms with added space for a washer and dryer and an adjacent powder room.
Efficient mudrooms have one thing in common: smart storage. For our clients with children, that means having accessible hooks to hang jackets, cubbies with storage bins, and lockers for sports gear and backpacks. We often design mudrooms with multiple entries – including the garage, back yard, and the street – creating convenient access for kids to enter and remove wet clothes and shoes no matter what direction they’re coming in from.
As the “drop spot” to store anything that might otherwise add clutter in the house, the mudroom serves a key organizational role. However, that does not mean smaller mudrooms are less functional. For some clients with grown children, a transitional entry with a classic bench to remove shoes along with some handy storage hooks is the perfect solution.
Well-designed mudrooms provide an essential transition area to expand our clients’ storage options and make life bit more organized. Whether storing general outwear, cold weather accessories, or a stash of summer beach towels, this is the mighty space many of us can’t live without.