The Laundry Room & Mud Room
The mud rooms (or entry ways) to our homes bring in the most dirt and grime, especially this time of year during the rainy season. So in week seven of our Home Organization Series, we're focusing on the mud room. And also the laundry room, because in my house the mud room is also home to my washer and dryer. If you have a separate laundry room, no problem! The same tips will apply!
Grab your six boxes (These guys have really been pulling their weight in the last several weeks!). And also bring a broom, mop, and cleaning rag with you to clean get a good clean in as you clear out all the spaces. The mud room and laundry zone gather lots of dirt and lint in a short amount of time, so now's a good time to get a deep clean in, too!
Because my mud room is also my laundry room, I've divided the space into three zones--the closet zone, the wash up zone, and the laundry zone.
The Closet Zone
Although we'll be doing a brief overview on closets and storage space next week, let's go over the closet in your entryway/ mudroom today anyway. In this closet, you'll most likely have a good amount of outer coats, hats, gloves, and the like. Sort through all of these like you did your other clothes when we went through the master bedroom and kids' rooms.
My goal with this zone is to make it functional and spacious. So I keep the items stored here to a minimum. Even at a minimum the items add up, so do your best not to let random objects creep in.
So in the front closet we have our coats hanging neatly on heavy duty hangers. On the floor of the closet we have a hamper for dirty outdoor work clothes, a folded up dog bed (so we can lock our dog in the mud room to dry off if he's muddy or after a bath), and a dog food storage container.
The drawers under our mud room sink are included in my closet zone since our closet is so small. I divided these drawers into five categories to eliminate a "junk drawer".
The Wash Up Zone
This zone includes our sink station, boot racks, and extra coat hooks along the wall for bags and such. The goal in this zone is too have a place to clean up before coming into the house so we don't track in dirt.
When we come in we take off our boots and line them up on our boot rack, we hang coats in the closet, purses or bags on the hooks above the boots and toss any other dirtied clothes in the hamper in the closet. Our counter by the sink is the space to set the buckets of produce from our garden to be washed.
Not much else needs to be in this area.
The Laundry Zone
In the cabinets above the washer and dryer I keep our laundry detergents and outdoor work clothes. That's it. Because our mud room has limited space, our laundry sorting baskets are up in our master bathroom closet. However, if you have a separate laundry room, then I encourage you to keep the laundry sorting station in the laundry room. But limit the items in this room to laundry items only.
I use fabric storage bins to divide the work clothes into categories as well. We have work jeans, work shirts, long underwear, and coveralls. Each are folded neatly in the bins. By storing them in these bins we can open the cupboards without a mountain of clothes crumbling down on us.
Maintaining Your Mud Room
Here are my top tips for maintaining your mud room and entry way:
And that's it for week seven of the series! I hope you find this helpful and if you have any other tips or tricks for the mud room that you'd like to share I'd love to hear them!
This is like the coffee talk corner. Sometimes I give organization tips or relationship advice, but a lot of times I'm just sharing about the everyday moments that make up my life.