This is the time of year when families really get busy. And what better time than now to set up a place at the back door or just inside the door from the garage to handle the sports equipment, wet bathing suits, jackets, backpacks, and of course muddy shoes. Mudrooms are the answer.
You’ve Got Mud…We’ve Got Mudrooms
Mudrooms are becoming a staple in homes, and once you have one you’ll find that keeping your home clean and organized just got a lot easier. The area can include a built-in locker-style unit for each family member with coat hooks, cubbies, bins, and a bench. Don’t forget a space for shoes, boots, and soccer cleats. Add an umbrella stand and maybe a mirror for good measure. And the floor definitely needs to easy-to-clean and not get damaged by a pile of wet clothes that just *might* end up on the floor. Tile is what’s called for here.
What’s the first thing you look for when you come through the door? A place to put down whatever you’re carrying: bags, keys, sunglasses, dog leash, or your travel mug. That’s why today’s mudrooms are often combined with a “drop zone” that has a table or small chest, some shelves, and even a basket to drop the mail for sorting later.
Stopping Dirt in its Tracks
The closer mudrooms are to the laundry room, the better. So, if you have enough space, it’s a great time-saver to have them both together in one utility room. No more dragging that dirty softball or soccer uniform all through the house on the way to the laundry.
One of the best new ideas we’ve seen in a long time is a pet-washing station in the utility room, where you can hose off and dry the furry family members before they leave muddy paw prints all over the house. The tiled mini-shower and handheld showerhead designed for pets are great for hosing off muddy kids too!
Mudrooms make your life so much easier, we promise!