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Home Organization 101 week #10 – The Mudroom

November 3, 2012



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I only have one rule for the challenge.


 If you are joining the challenge, please place the challenge button on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, please share the challenge on your Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram.






Home Organization 101 will continue for 14 weeks. Each Saturday, I will post a new “space” along with pictures of my finished space and share the process of how you can organize yours. You can take as long as you need, and once you are finished organizing your space, come back here to this post and link up your blog (with pictures) to share with all of us. If you do not have a blog, you can take pictures and share them on our Facebook group page (here).   Questions, ask away… Our facebook page is the best place to ask them.  Have fun!  Now lets get organized.



Mudrooms are all the rave these days. Even if you don’t live in colder climates, mudrooms are being built in new homes as a standard feature. If your home is older and you don’t have a mudroom, you will learn “how to fake a mudroom” today!  I think they are a must for families with children.

My challenge for you this week is to create a dedicated mudroom “space” in your home, where you can hang coats, & store shoes, gloves, keys and bags.  If you don’t have a mudroom, choose from one of the examples below.



  • Armoire
  • Closet
  • Entry wall
  • Laundry Room
  • Foyer
  • Corner
  • Garage


What you will need to create a mudroom “space”


  • Baskets
  • Hooks, etc.
  • Bench or cubbies
  • Dedicated space close to the door
  • A place for your keys & cell phones


Use your imagination when creating a mudroom “space” for your family.  Make it your own style. Make it function for you. DONT FORGET TO TAKE A “BEFORE” PICTURE OF YOUR SPACE.



(The natural lighting in my mudroom is very poor. There are no windows so the coloring may be off a bit. I dont like to use flash with my pictures.)



Use baskets to store cold weather accessories, pet stuff, and extra shoes.


Our home was built with a “technology cabinet”.  We charge our cell phones & Ipads here. We made copies of all the keys for the house & store them here as well.


Dog accessories hang right by the door for easy access.





The technology cabinet.



Keep copies of all keys in your mudroom.  If a family member needs one, they know where to find them, even if you are not home.





These hooks are for guests.







*I would love for you to pin this challenge &  my pictures to pinterest.


Where did I get my stuff?

Hooks – Home Depot or cheaper ones (here)

Baskets – Target

Dog stuff – Pet Smart (Martha Stewart)

Dog food can – Home Goods

Number tags – Local Store

Key organizers – Big Lots or (here)

“This is the life” picture – Go Jump in the Lake

Light – Wayfair (I will share more about the light tomorrow)


I found some great examples of “non traditional” mudrooms. These give you an idea of the space you can create if you dont have a designated mudroom like me.


Armoire turned mudroom… You can recycle any armoire to create a hidden mudroom.



Closets turned mudrooms… If you don’t have a mudroom, chances are you will have a closet by your front door.  This space can be created into the perfect mudroom!





Entryway mudrooms…  If you have an empty wall close to the front door, you can build or purchase a cubby and place it there.



Board & batten or beadboard walls are very popular now. Just hang, paint, drill in some hooks and you have a great mudroom space!




Garage turned mudroom… If you just don’t have the room in your home to create a mudroom space, the garage is the perfect spot!



Mudroom “corner”… Everyone has a corner in their house.  This is an easy, cheap, and functional way to create a mudroom space out of nothing!


In my old home, I created a mudroom “space” by my front door. I didnt have a mudroom or a foyer, so I had to make do.  Here is my old mudroom space.

Areas in the home where you can create a mudroom:


Laundry room



 Armoire by the door

 Kitchen corner



I will be featuring my favorite mudroom link ups this week on Pinterest & Facebook, so don’t forget to link up yours!


This weeks challenge sponsor is Mary from Partylite. She offers candles, melts, diffusers, and much more. Check out Marys website here for great holiday gift ideas!

Link up your MUDROOM pictures below!  I will be choosing my favorite mudroom link ups to pin this week!

22 comments on “Home Organization 101 week #10 – The Mudroom

  1. Beautiful, Toni! Love the technology cabinet!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  2. Barbara Barnes says:

    Well done…it couldn’t be more perfect!

  3. kate says:

    Looks great! Thanks for the link up

  4. This does look great, Toni! Very clean and organized!

  5. Samantha says:

    i love love love your mudroom, toni! awesome!!!

    i especially LOVE that little technology cabinet. you’re inspiring me with that one! so much better than a charging station b/c it’s all hidden away!

    i linked up our mudroom area. thank you for hosting!
    sam :-)

  6. Sam says:

    Love the hooks! They’re exactly what we’re looking for for our entry! Looks great!

  7. Natalie says:

    Looks amazing Toni! Like everyone else that electronic cabinet is genius! Love love love! And I have decided that I need to hang those words in my home..I say it to my kids everyday when they leave for school. Thanks for the idea!

  8. Lori says:

    Your mudroom is a-ma-zing!! Love the cubbies and tech closet and all those hooks. Gorgeous!!!

  9. I love the technology cabinet, fabulous idea

  10. Lisa says:

    Wow!!! Your mud room is Awesome!!!!! Thank you for offering other alternatives, if we don’t have an actual room! I love the idea of turning our coat closet into a mud room, complete with a bench. Now all I need is someone handy to make my dream a reality!!

  11. Jennifer R says:

    Thanks so much for the “closet turned mudroom” visual. Should work beautifully in my home. I’d be curious what your ideas are for a laundry/mudroom would be???

  12. leeann says:

    i love that the mudroom is white!

  13. Just love how the room is white! :D

  14. Wow, your beautiful organized space is making me drool. Thanks for the eye candy and inspiration this morning!

  15. Love your mudroom area! So beautiful!

  16. Nicole says:

    I LOVE the lockers in your mudroom!! They’re JUST what we have been searching for!! My finace and I just built a house and finally got all moved in! When we were building we decided to move our laundry hook ups to the basement in order to leave the landry room (RIGHT off of the garage and attaches to the kitchen) empty in order to create a mudroom! I have been searching all over for lockers that meet our organizational needs for our growing family :) Did you build the lockers? if so do you have a supply list? My finace just bought his miter saw ( he is so excited to stay DIYing) and told me to find plans or a supply list so he can get my dream mudroom in the works this spring! Please let me know if you can help :) Thank you in advance, your blog is so inspiring to me as I start transforming my house into a BEAUTIFUL home!
    Nicole :)

  17. Megan says:

    Love love LOVE the technology cabinet idea! Was that something you built yourself or was it part of the home design/there when you moved in?

  18. brenda says:

    well, I believe my kitchen is about the size of this “mudroom”

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