Spring is a wonderful time to take on a home project as the change of seasons can be illuminating. As the snow melts and the temperatures rise, you may notice that your perspective on certain elements of your home are changing as well. Maybe the lawn appears to be more in need of some strategic landscaping than it did last fall, or that your garage does not quite store as much stuff as you would like. Or, maybe you realize that your mudroom or entryway could use some attention.
To help you get your mudroom reorganization project off the ground, we assembled some tips for you to get started.
Before you start reorganizing or altering the storage capacity of your current mudroom or entryway, you should first give the entire area of deep and thorough clean. The mudroom bears the brunt of winter’s messiness. Wet and dirty shoes and clothes are often shed in the mudroom before entering the house, rendering the mudroom pretty messy. Now that spring has arrived and you’re in the mood for a home project, start with a deep clean.
It’s much easier to size up the efficiency and deficiencies of an area when it’s clean. Once you’ve got the mudroom cleaned up, take a step back and identify the areas that require the most attention.
The primary objective or a mudroom is to keep the outside mess from finding a way into the interior of your home. By making use of some mats, you can make the job of keeping that mess out easier, and you can make it easier to keep your mudroom tidy and clean in the future.
The first mat your mudroom needs is one that is placed on the outside of your mudroom door. Having a mat out there will go a long way in collecting dirt, mud, rain, snow, and any other messy substance that you don’t want tracked into your home. Also, by having a mat on the outside, the one you place on the inside of you mudroom won’t have to collect as much grime, which means you won’t have to clean it as often.
For homeowners with families, look into long mats to set on the inside of your mudroom. After a day or playing outside a long mat is great for giving people plenty of space to take off their messy clothes before entering the home.
A helpful tip for any type of organization project, decluttering and prioritizing which items you need in a given area and the items that you can rid of is a great idea. More than likely there are some items that you’re storing in your mudroom or entryway area that are unnecessarily occupying valuable real estate.
Common culprits are seldomly used shoes and heavy coats, seasonal accessories such as hats, gloves, scarves, sandals, and beach hats.
Once you’ve given your mudroom a thorough clean, throw down some dirt-absorbing mats, and decluttered the area, it’s time to reevaluate how your existing storage system, if you have one, is working.
If you commonly find yourself picking items off the floor of your mudroom, or bemoaning that you don’t have a spare hanger, or hanging space, for your jacket, then your existing storage plan in your mudroom is probably not working.
When it comes to mudroom storage, the right system depends on the unique situation each home has. For a family of 5, having dedicated cubbies is a great way to keep each person’s stuff conveniently in place. Also, never steer away from customizing a storage system that is specific to the needs of your family. For example, with cubbies, some family members may not need to a have as much space available to them as others. Allocate the space you have in your mudroom as needed.
Does your mudroom need a makeover? If the tips we provided above didn’t quite get the job done, you may need to fully reimagine your current mudroom area and give it some strategic changes. If so, Harkraft can help!
Give us a call at (763) 544-4478 or contact us online to request a free design consultation. We offer a lifetime guarantee on all of our mudroom storage products and installation services, so you can rest assured that your new mudroom will stand the test of time.