Whether you are lucky enough to have a dedicated mudroom or you double your entryway as the mudroom you have to consider what to do with the influx of “gear” during the cooler months.
The first thing to do is clear out all of the spring and summer: outdoor toys and sporting equipment, sandals, summer accessories etc.
Once the space is clear consider adding these items to corral the numerous accessories that come with winter.
- Add a boot mat or a rug – the wet boots and shoes can drip dry without adding the dreaded water pools all over the floor.
- Baskets for accessories – ideally one for each family member or type; i.e. gloves, scarves, hats etc.
- Hooks or coat stand – Easy access to coats is important. A coat closet is great, but if you have kids – or you don’t tend to actually hang the coat in the closet – try hooks for easy hanging and grabbing as you run out the door.
- Tall decorative bucket – You don’t want the umbrella to drip on the floor either. Keeping the floor dry is your number one priority during soupy winter days.
Don’t forget to make space for guests!
- Storable shoe rack – Keep a small shoe caddy in a closet that you can pull out when company comes over. They can easily store their shoes without turing your entryway into a obstacle course of shoes – dotted with puddles!
- A cozy touch – Keep a basket by the front door filled with slippers. This is a nice touch and provides your guests with a cozy extra durning their visit. It’s not a bad idea to keep the slippers there throughout the winter – your family will thank you!