On a typical day when your family arrives home, everyone is loaded down with bags, backpacks, umbrellas, books, hats, mail, sports equipment, keys…the list goes on. Seconds later, all this stuff ends up laying near the front door, taking over nearby furniture or creating a trail of things throughout the house! It gets worse when coming in from the rain with wet or muddy shoes! But if your closets are full and there’s no place else to organize these daily-used items, a mudroom or a drop zone may be a good solution for your home.
If you have an area in your home to add a mudroom, ideal locations should have an outside entrance. This could be a corner of the garage, or a utility room if it has an outside entrance or where an entrance could be added. The average size is between 6’ x 6’ and 7’ x 9’ to provide ample space for storage and organization.
Since the floor in a mudroom is actually supposed to get “muddy,” select flooring that’s easy to clean, waterproof and durable. Stone, non-slip tile and vinyl flooring are good options. Also, be sure your new space is properly ventilated to prevent mildew and speed the drying of wet clothes and shoes. Be sure you can control heat and air with an adjustable vent.
Built-in cabinets, shelves, hooks and other functional organization options will complete this addition to your home.
If you can’t add a room to your home, you can still gain the benefit of a mudroom by creating a drop zone. Make some space in an existing room, preferably near an entrance. This can be done with the installation of a few easy-to-reach shelves, hooks for keys, coats or hats, plus storage baskets or bins. There is also a wide selection of entryway furniture available that has many of these storage features included.
Despite its name, a mudroom doesn’t have to be dull. Liven it up with colorful, stain-resistant paint. You can even make this storage area fun by coordinating it with your family’s favorite colors or personalizing coat hooks or storage bins with each person’s name. Adding a cork board is a great place to put up reminders, calendars, grocery lists and more, but it could also serve as a photo collage of your family photos to add even more personality to the room! And, don’t forget to place a washable mat or rug in this area to collect water and dirt from shoes.
Finally, the must-have for any mudroom is a bench. This helps kiddos and parents alike take a seat to put on or take off shoes or outerwear.
For a closer look at conquering clutter in your entryway with a drop zone, visit one of our model homes, as many of our plans include this organizational feature.