For many of us, the holidays are a joyful time that that also brings a bit of stress because it means hosting guests. There are so many things to take into consideration—how many people are coming over, what are you cooking, what are your guests bringing and—if your guests are from out of town—where’s everyone sleeping?
You’ve got a beautiful entrance to your house—your front porch is decorated for the season and when you open the door, an elegant area rug and lighting fixture greet visitors. But if you’re like many people, the only time someone walks through your front entrance is if they’ve never been to your house before. The entryway everyone uses is most likely closer to your garage or on the side of your house—through the mudroom. Your mudroom is a catch-all space for outdoor gear, mail, work and school bags, shoes, purses, and anything else you use just about every day. Chances are it is not well-organized, which can make it hard to find exactly what you need before you run out the door.
If you’re lucky enough to have a mudroom, you already have a designated space for you and your family to keep shoes, coats, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, school bags and virtually anything else they frequently carry out the door to work, school, sports practice and more. But keeping everyone’s stuff corralled all fall and winter, and keeping the area physically free of slush, water, leaves and dirt can be difficult.
Your mudroom or entryway is a major drop zone where everyone in the family likely puts their stuff when they enter your house—and they expect it to be there to pick up when they leave again. From coats, rain boots and umbrellas to tennis rackets, lacrosse sticks and baseball gloves, your family’s frequently-used belongings need their own storage spot in your mudroom so everything is easy to find when you need it.
The chill of late fall and winter is finally here, which means bundling up in down parkas, scarves, hats and gloves. When snow falls in a few short weeks, you’ll add winter boots to the mix, too.