Small spaces are notoriously difficult to design and organize, and mudrooms and entryways are no exception!
But here’s the good news: there are plenty of ways to optimize the design and function of these spaces, and today we’re going to share with you our favorite ways of doing so.
Mudroom Storage & Entryway Organization
When it comes to mudroom storage and entryway organization, your biggest concerns tend to be making the most of a small space without sacrificing style.
After all, your entryway is often the first impression someone gets of your home. Of course, you want it to be a good one!
If there are shoes strewn everywhere, jackets left on the ground, and generally disorganized aesthetic, chances are your storage and organization in these areas could use a boost.
Here are some great places to start!
Choose hooks instead of hangers for your mudroom or entryway
In reality, it might only take seven seconds to hang a coat up on a hanger. But as any parent will tell you, that’s about six seconds too long for any child! They will sooner leave their coat sitting on the floor.
That’s where hooks come in.
Switching from hangers to hooks will not only take up less space in your mudroom or entryway, but it will also encourage placing items where they’re meant to be because it’s about as easy to hang a coat on a hook as it is to leave it on the floor!
If you do have young children, make sure these hooks are low enough so they’re accessible to everyone.
Add a bench or seating
Your mudroom or entryway is lacking a great organizational tool without a comfortable place to sit and put on or remove shoes.
Without this space, shoes often end up being worn further into the house and left near another spot where they can be removed. Adding a bench to these spaces helps keep shoes where they’re meant to be!
A bench also presents other convenient storage opportunities. Add cubbies below your bench and designate one bin to each family member. These cubbies could hold shoes, backpacks, gloves and hats, or other items.
Another area of the home that’s often low on space is closets! Here are some ways to maximize the space in a small walk-in closet.
Think of function and practicality
Think of your specific frustrations and challenges to determine what would be most helpful for you!
Key hooks and paper storage are just two of the functional and practical storage additions you could make to these spaces.
There are probably certain items in your home that contribute the most to clutter and disorganization. For many homeowners, it’s paper!
Each day when you check the mail, you might leave it on the counter or your desk to look at later. The problem is, this paper piles up quickly and before you know it, it looks like a big mess.
Add a designated mail spot to your mudroom or entryway and keep this clutter out of the rest of your house! It can be something as simple as a folder attached to the wall.
You can even get more detailed and add a different folder for each family member’s mail. Remind everyone in your household that their folder needs to be sorted and emptied each week.
Another functional and practical consideration is what happens with your keys. Are you constantly scrambling to find them before you head out the door? Then adding a key holder to your entryway or mudroom could prove to be life changing!
It might take some time to teach yourself the habit of hanging your keys in the same spot each day, but once you do, you’ll be so glad you did.
Maximize vertical space
Even in a small space, you can add plenty of storage if you utilize all of the vertical space available to you.
If it’s in a tiny mudroom or a massive entryway, adding shelving can be game changing!
Whether you use this shelving for additional storage, decor, or a combination of the two, it will contribute to the overall flow and function of your home.
Maybe your home doesn’t have a built in entryway or mudroom. In that case, it will take some extra work and creativity, but there are still ways to transform these spaces to work better for you!
Many homes have a staircase near the front door. Can the area beneath the stairs be turned into a mudroom? This requires some construction, and if that’s not in your budget or your plans, there are other options.
What about adding coat hooks on the wall along the stairs? Or including a bench where you and your guests can sit to remove and put on footwear?
Another creative option if you’re low on space is creating a mudroom out of a bookshelf!
Of course, you’ll want to be sure it’s securely attached to the wall and that the shelves are solid, but this is a wonderful option for small spaces.
There are plenty of multi-functional bookshelves to choose from that work for hanging long items like coats but also have storage for smaller items like shoes or bags.
Mudroom and entryway storage and design solutions
Are you ready for more help? Our custom mudroom and entryway designs can provide that storage space you are looking for, while adding plenty of style to your home.
Coastal Closets & Showers is here to help you take advantage of these areas in your homes by re-designing and dressing them up while giving your entire family hide-away storage! We offer various designs to choose from at competitive pricing.
Contact us today to learn more or to get a free consultation.