Help consumers turn their mudrooms into organized and functional spaces with this organization guide.
As average home sizes shrink and accommodate more people, the need to use space efficiently and intelligently will grow. Consider the chaos that comprises most entry areas. Every person living in the house must share and put heavy use on what is often a small space. There’s a reason that many families call their daily entrance the mudroom, with boots, coats, purses, junk mail and more piling up all too easily.
The right entryway organization products can go a long way towards taming the mudroom.
But the right entryway organization products can go a long way toward taming these out-of-control spaces.
Hooks to Hang — and Stash Away
Hooks are perhaps the most basic and essential entryway element. Getting as much clutter as possible off the floor and onto hooks — one or two for each family member —provides much-needed order. Coat hooks are much easier to manage than a closet filled with clothes hangers, especially for children, or adults in a hurry.
Homeowners need options when selecting hooks, ranging from large, strong hooks for heavy schoolbags to small hooks for keys or dog leashes. Also consider offering dedicated scarf hangers, which come in many attractive and fun designs and keep scarves that are otherwise hung up with coats from slithering to the floor at the least provocation.
Unfortunately, most hooks don’t offer a convenient place to stash small objects like sunglasses or gloves, which many people throw in a basket or pack into the pockets or sleeves of a coat.
The recently released Cubby coat hook + storage unit addresses this problem with a hollow interior large enough to store such items. According to Materious studio, “Cubby merges the nostalgia of a kindergarten cubby with a cool, modern form, putting a sophisticated adult spin on the kid classic.” Cubby is sold in four colors (white, charcoal, brick red and light blue) in packs of two for $44 or six for $99 with free shipping.
On the Floor: The Shoe Station
The entryway is a major shoe depot, especially for those who don’t wear shoes in the house.
The entryway is a major shoe depot, especially for those who don’t wear shoes in the house. Shelves are one option for holding many pairs of shoes, but may not work as well for large boots or wet and dirty footwear. Rugged, easy-to-clean storage options should be offered, especially shallow crates or rubber mats with slight edges to keep snowmelt and mud from running onto the floor. Some customers, especially those who live in wet climes, may want a larger shoe rack that allows shoes to be hung upside down to dry.
Where space allows, it’s best to have a place for people to sit to remove or put on shoes or wait for others to get ready. The styles of entryway benches range from rustic workbenches to elegant antique trunks. Many incorporate storage below and sometimes benches are included as part of a larger shelving unit for a shallow-profile, all-in-one entryway organization system. Stools fills seating needs in tight spaces.
Other entryway organization products are mail organizers and charging stations for electronics. Attractive small baskets for catching loose change and other small items are also fixtures in many households.
Houzz.com’s guide to entryway organization also recommends a mirror and a lint roller for last-minute touch-ups, a drawer to hold cash for delivery tips and a small trash can for tossing junk mail.
The advent of spring gives rise to thoughts of cleaning, freshening and organizing. Consider creating displays of functional and attractive entryway organization products like these to help consumers visualize the full potential of the mudroom.