Notes from Home: Mudrooms

Spring is here, but why do I keep thinking of: Kids! Wisconsin winters! And Mudrooms!

Wisconsin winters can be BRUTAL!!! Especially, when they go on, and on, and on….and on. This winter left me very frustrated! Not just because it way over stayed its welcome, but because with two kids it was an ongoing mudroom battle. I will admit that I clearly lost this battle to WET coats, snow pants, boats, backpacks, scarves, hats, socks…..a snowball that the kids brought inside to save for the next time they go out. Which was truly devastating to them and me (for different reasons), when they couldn’t find that snowball. Do I even need to mention that sand/road particle mix that makes its way right on in? I am lucky that I do have a mudroom; however it is just not an adequate space once you consider a family of four trying to get ready to leave and the washer and dryer that reside in this space. I need help! I am not sure I can handle another winter of trying to throw a load of wash in quick only to step in a puddle of water or having to brush those particles off my feet. So…as it is finally becoming Spring, I am really giving serious thought to extending my mudroom into the garage by adding cubbies/lockers. Hopefully then, I will be prepared (probably for the lightest winter ever) for next year.

Have you added cubbies/lockers in your garage?

If you are one of those lucky people that have a handle on kids, Wisconsin winters and mudroomsfeel proud. And, please share a picture of your space! (Or even a comment to inspire those of us that are still in battle!)

Hope you have been encouraged to inspire or be inspired!

4 Responses to Notes from Home: Mudrooms

  1. Melissa M May 30, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    We just added two of these and a matching bench (with built in shoe storage) between the two to our mudroom: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003D23798/ref=wms_ohs_product_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I still need a solution to wet boots, but otherwise, this has transformed our space.

  2. Janette May 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    I converted the closet that was by the door to the garage into a mini mudroom since I don’t have one. I went to walmart and bought the large oil drip pan for $10 and put it under our bench. It is great for catching all the melting snow and dirt from
    Boots. It keeps it all in the tray. Then I just either wipe the tray out or hose it down once it gets bad. It was a life saver for the winter boots this year and so much more affordable and bigger than normal boot trays.

  3. emily (justem) June 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Our mudroom is one area in our new (OLD) house that I really need/want to “decorate” and make more functional AND cute! I have no pictures, but maybe some day when it’s finally finished I will share some on my blog! I envision a cute rug (not really smart in winter, but maybe summer!) and some curtains for the windows…

  4. Maria May 6, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    We need a mud room! Without a dedicated entry way there is always a lot of deep cleaning and reorganizing that needs to happen.

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