DIY: Mudroom Round UpWednesday, April 20, 2016
I love to use the time around the beginning of the year to reset my organization. I take a look at the systems I have in place for school stuff and see what's working, what needs tweaking and what needs to be ditched (it happens, even to the best of us).
One of the big areas that I like to focus on is the drop zone - the place where things just end up as soon as those kids make it home from school. If you have a mudroom, you have the ideal drop zone (I'm officially jealous). Even if your house doesn't have a mudroom, though, you can still find some way to organize this spot to help avoid tripping over lunch boxes, jackets and half opened backpacks. There's a lot of great ideas out there… I'm sharing a few of the best ones I found along with a few that I use in my own home.
Remember when I posted this DIY of how to turn a plain wall into a mudroom style room? This is my entry way, so it works perfectly for hanging coats & wrangling boots. When guests come over I love having a quick spot to have them leave their coat. Total cost was about $50 and took just an afternoon to complete.
One of my issues, though, was that our family usually enters the house through the garage, so while I loved my entry wall, I needed a space for the clutterbugs to keep their school stuff. I came up with a super simple idea of adding hooks (these are from Home Depot) along a few wire baskets for holding papers & lunch boxes.