Back-to-school season is back-to-clutter season for many households. Suddenly, there’s stuff everywhere: backpacks, laptops, books, sports gear, school clothes, and everything else your kids need for their activities. If your family’s mudroom organization technique includes sliding backpacks onto the floor and crashing them into a tangle of shoes, this article is for you.
So what can you do when there’s too much to store and not enough space to keep it all organized? Here’s our favorite solution: a built-in mudroom.
Mudroom Organization: Manage the Chaos
A mudroom takes all the school clutter and gives it organization and order. In a well-designed mudroom, everything fits into its own little nook and all your kids’ belongings can stay neatly tucked away.
Consider adding some custom touches that suit your family’s lifestyle. For example, if you have three kids with soccer cleats, install shoe storage benches that store the cleats safely and give kids a place to sit down and tie them on before practice.
Hangers, Hooks, and Knobs
One of the best ways to ensure your mudroom is useful for the whole family is to add plenty of options for hanging and storing a variety of belongings. Install a variety of hangers, hooks, and knobs that can handle everything from purses to sports equipment.
In fact, this can be a great opportunity to teach children how to stay organized. Label a hook with their name and make it the go-to place to hang their backpack each day after school.
Include cabinets and baskets, and you have extra storage for fall and winter hats, gloves, scarves, and more. If you have teenagers, baskets are a great place to store laptops, iPads, and all the other tech devices. You can even build a charging station right into your mudroom and keep all the cords and plugs up off the floor.
Even if you don’t have much space in your home for a mudroom, it’s still possible to get all the benefits of having one. Create a mini-mudroom in any unused corner or nook around the house.
Look for available space in the laundry room, near the garage door, under the stairs, in the hallway near your kids’ rooms, or in place of an existing closet or pantry. Think creatively, and you’ll find the perfect spot for the perfect mudroom.
Read more: 3 Ideas for Creating a Mudroom You’ll Love
Create A Beautiful, Organized Mudroom
If back-to-school chaos is driving you crazy, connect with the experts at Diplomat Closet Design. We’ll help you design a custom mudroom that helps your family stay organized all school year long and for many years to come.
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