Must-Haves for Transitioning to Spring
Spring brings sunnier days, the reopening of restaurant patios, and an explosion of greenery and blooms across the city. But, in the midst of these seasonal wonders comes plenty of mud and rain – which means that with kids, pets, and more, that can all get tracked through your home and cause endless cleaning stress. So, what’s the best way to prevent the mess? Mudrooms.
We absolutely love incorporating mudrooms into our designs – not only are they highly functional, but they can also be incredibly stylish. So today, we’re diving into some of our favorite mudroom designs to give you all the inspiration you need to keep that mess to a minimum and give your family plenty of smart storage solutions.
A Rinse-Off or Scrub-Away Zone
First thing’s first – every mudroom absolutely needs a space where family members can eliminate the bulk of that outdoor mud and mess. If you can swing it, a wash station is a total magic solution where you can quickly and easily hose off dirty paws or rinse mud splatter from your boots. But, installing one of these isn’t always in the cards if you’ve got a stricter budget to adhere to. If that’s the case, you’ll definitely want to at least have a few quality mats at the door entrance where you can scrape your boots before walking inside. It might seem simple, but it can save a ton of hassle when it comes time to mop those floors!
Boot & Shoe Storage
Once you’ve rinsed off that mess, you’ll need a dedicated space to store boots and shoes – ideally before you continue to walk through your mudroom. Try to set up a storage area as close to the door and scrub-away station as possible so that you’re tracking next to nothing across the room and beyond into the rest of the house. Generally, avoid piling your shoes on a rug or mat because as wet as it gets in the springtime, it can take a while for it all to evaporate. Instead, stick to things like boot trays and shoe shelves where water can be collected in one place and shoes can quickly dry off.
Hooks for Coats, Umbrellas, and More
Next up, you absolutely need an ample number of hooks for all of those spring essentials. From raincoats to umbrellas and everything in between, this season is packed with layers, and since those layers often need to dry, you don’t want people just throwing them into a pile on the floor. Keep your storage going vertical, and not only will your belongings dry in record time, but they’ll also take up far less floor space, leaving your mudroom feeling open and airy.
Cubbies to Keep Things Organized
To complete your mudroom design, be sure to incorporating cubbies for all of your family members. By giving each person a dedicated space to store their daily essentials (think backpacks, extra shoes, or sports gear), you prevent the rest of your house from being a dumping ground for excess items. Of course, we can’t always promise organization will be perfect, but having cubbies can definitely help to cut down on the clutter and provide storage solutions that make a big difference.
If your front entrance has been a mashup of all sorts of coats, accessories, and shoe collections with no rhyme or reason for years, then installing a functional mudroom will be a major game changer for you and your family. In fact, once you’ve got a dedicated space for all of those living essentials, we think you’ll find that keeping the house clean will be a snap, and spring will once again top your list as a favorite season – mud and all.