I’m not sure how this slipped by me, but the other day, I had a reader ask me about our mudroom, and I realized that I never officially blogged about it! I’ve shared glimpses here and there when talking about chores and organizing (see more about that here), but today I’ll finally get to all the details.
This space is right off our garage so the kids can come right in and dump their stuff. It also acts as a hall to our laundry room and 1/2 bath. Bringing the groceries in is easy with access to the kitchen around the corner as well.
I knew in this house I wanted all hidden storage. Those beautiful open style lockers and cubbies are so tempting because I love the look, but man they are so not practical with kids. We had open lockers at the last house and they looked like a hot mess all the time. You all know I’m kind of a neat freak, but unfortunately, my kids did not inherit this trait. Especially as they have gotten older, there is just more and more stuff. Backpacks, soccer bags, basketball uniforms, piano books, church stuff, shoes, papers, etc. They all need a place to go, preferably where I don’t have to look at them!
This time around, I knew I wanted a simple design of a locker for each of us (the Mr. has just as much work stuff and books that he is constantly bringing home too).
We chose cabinets on the top for seasonal items we may not be using that often and baskets below for easy to reach “what we need now” items.
Once spring hits (or really hits despite what the calendar says), all the snow clothes will move up to the upper cabinets and the flip flops, soccer cleats, etc. will move down to the bottom baskets.
I talked in this post here about how swapping out baskets instead of drawers not only saved a lot of money, but added so much more character and texture to this space. Plus, they are actually easier to pull all the way out and search for mittens if need be. After this winter, we are down to approximately 3 left mittens and a bright pink right one that no one will claim.
One tip I did this time around was putting in low and high hooks in my kids’ lockers. They were constantly climbing in the cubbies at the last house because they couldn’t reach the hooks to hang up their stuff. They have no excuse here! They look really clean at the moment because my kids were at school when I shot this, so half of their stuff isn’t in here right now.
I also have their school schedules, chore charts, and activities taped in here so they know what’s going on without me having to remind them constantly (you can read more about that here).
This window seat over here was originally supposed to be a set of drawers too, but I decided the open space to move around in here was better than more storage.
The seat is a great spot to tie shoes in the morning or take a nap while you wait for your little brother to finally finish his cheerios. This seat has such a pretty view when the ice is melted on the lake and that tree is full of leaves.
Charlie’s toys stay in this basket over here, which he routinely tips over and scatters everywhere – he is definitely the messiest kid in the house!
We went with slate tile in here that carries through to the laundry room and bathroom. I have had a few questions about whether this shows dirt more than a lighter tile, and I’d say in the winter it does, but it’s still worth it to me because I love the classic look.
The transom detail was a fun touch to add both here and above our master bedroom doors. They aren’t actual windows – the trim guys built casings for them and inserted the glass.
There you go, one more room down! I think the last room I have to share is my son’s bathroom? Which maybe I’ll finish one of these days.
SOURCE LIST – (contains affiliate links)
Montauk Blue Slate Floor – BuildDirect
Rug – Wayfair, but it’s sold out
Wall Paint Color – Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore
Trim and Cabinet Color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams
Baskets – my local grocery store Meijer
Laundry and bath wallpaper – Here
Pillow – Here
Toy Basket – I’ve had it for 15 years, no clue!
Light fixture – here