Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mudroom Organization, Take One

Not unlike my new closet, my mudroom is a space that I wasn't sure what to do with.  Our mudroom is the size of a small NYC studio, and if it were situated in Brooklyn Heights or the Upper West Side instead of rural Connecticut, people would be paying $1600 to live in it.  As is, however, it's attached to my kitchen and not especially functional.

Fixing up the mudroom and making it useful is an ongoing process, but here's step one* - installing a mirror.  I picked one up at Home Goods for $40 and installed hooks on the bottom for hanging our car keys (which otherwise tend to get lost throughout the house at the most inconvenient times).  I got the hooks from the Home Depot (they were called Mug Hooks), drilled small holes using my Makita, and screwed the hooks in:

The mirror brings more light to this fairly dark room and I am always using it to make sure I look halfway decent when running out the door.  It's hung on the wall using two strong hooks and so I'm not worried about it falling down from the weight of the keys or the movement from dropping them on.  My next steps for the mudroom are:

finding a bench with storage for shoes
hanging some art
organizing the laundry area
finding a rug

I've seen a lot of mudroom inspiration on various blogs but one of my favorites is here at MiniManor.  How about the bold stripes...and that boot tray?  It's so fun and functional.  Enjoy checking it out and stay homey!

*Step one was actually painting the mudroom, which I did as soon as we moved in.  You can't really tell from these pictures, but it's a light green.  I love it, but my husband thinks it looks like "glow-in-the-dark paint in the light".  Strikes and gutters...

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