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Creating A Locker Style Mud Room In A Closet

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About a year and a half ago I decided to redo the front hall closet in our foyer. We do not have a mud room- yet another thing I would change about this house- so I had to create a storage area to serve as a drop zone in our house. Because let’s face it- 5 kids and a husband and a dog….there’s a lot of stuff that gets dropped by the front door. The system worked well for awhile but soon I found myself shoving and tossing things in the closet just to hide them whenever someone knocked on the door. Pretty soon, we were back to square one.

 

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I made a few tweaks in the hopes it would help keep us organized and avoid the last minute “mom, I can’t find my other shoe” disaster that seemed to happening every other morning. Seriously, why is it only the mornings when we are running late? This is the closet before I hauled everything out and started all over again.

 

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Eek. I know. It was bad. I started by adding 2 new command hooks on the inside of the door to hold jackets for Matt and myself. That freed up all the hooks on the wall for the kids stuff. I took all the off season items out of the closet- the winter coats are now in each kid’s closet until it gets colder outside. The gloves and hats are stored in one bucket instead of separated into multiple buckets. All the sandals were removed and only the shoes worn on a regular basis were put back in the closet. I also gave the kids their own shoe space this time instead of having them share. They just have too many pairs of shoes now to share space. They still have one hook for their jacket and one hook for their book bag plus some open space on the shelf below the hooks for things they need to remember to take- like library books or projects. 

 

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It functions so much better now. No more piles of shoes cluttering up the floor and spilling out into the foyer. Hopefully we can maintain this level of organization for awhile!

 

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  • Krista

    Great organization- aren’t coats and shoes and bags just the biggest daily challenge! It is so nice to have a closet space to organize and tuck them away into!! Good idea cutting down the shoe selection- sometimes organizing is a matter of having too much stuff, isn’t it? I need to organize – thanks for the inspiration!

  • rorybore

    This is the dream! LOL
    I kind of did the same thing….it’s all open concept (no doors because our space is so small, just opening a closet door would send another flying down the basement stairs.) So I have a high clothing bar for me, hubby and guests, then 5 cubby spaces in the middle with each having a basket to hold each person’s items like sunglasses, mitts, hats, etc, – then on the other side a lower clothing bar that the kids can reach to hang up their coats.

    space below is all for shoes.

    And then one high shelf above that has decorative boxes that hold the out of season stuff and few “objects d’art”. Since – I have no doors.

    But my fave thing I did was to wallpaper the wall at the back. A bold pattern, but that matches the rest of the decor and peeks out around all the items for some “flair”. Then I do have curtains gathered on one side that I can pull across if we have company. A small bench seat on the opposite wall holds any other items like sweaters, purses, etc., and provides a place to sit and put your shoes on, and then a mirror is above.
    Because most importantly, you need to check your hair and apply some lipstick before you leave the foyer. 🙂