The warm spring weather brings sunshine, warmth and, often, an urge to dust the house, get organized and tackle some spring cleaning. Remember to start small, in just one part of the house instead of trying to do your entire home all at once. You can start with the shelves in your kitchen, your pantry, or your mudroom.
The mudroom is the first room you encounter when you enter your home. As such, it can become cluttered with shoes, jackets, boots, purses and other things that tend to get thrown aside when you come home from a hard day at work or out running errands.
If you don’t have a mudroom, you can easily convert a kitchen pantry or linen closet near the front door to accommodate these items. If you can’t give up your whole pantry or linen closet, why not try converting half of it to use as mudroom storage?
Clearing some food out of your pantry and moving it into cupboards or shelves can give you plenty of space to store purses, wallets and keys. You can add coat hooks or racks in order to hang jackets and scarves. You may find that you simply need to move a few items around in order to free up space for organizing a mudroom area.
One good piece of furniture for your mudroom is a bench, which gives you a space to sit down and remove your shoes after you get home. A bench with drawers or shelves provides space for your shoes, while hooks allow you to keep jackets, purses and bags off the floor. Your kitchen or mudroom can quickly become cluttered if jackets and coats are strewn over chairs or are all over the floor.
Organizing a mudroom can be cheap, easy and fast. You won’t even need to buy many tools. A good way to save money on tools is borrowing them from friends, family and neighbors. If you save your leftover paint, you will have plenty of decorating options at your disposal.
Things like cork board, paint, hooks and wood can be very inexpensive, and it is worth the cost to keep your home more organized.
You can do this project for under $100. If you borrow tools and save your paint, this project gets even more inexpensive.
An organized mudroom will give your home a more pleasant look by reducing clutter. Also, when your purses, jackets, keys and bags are organized neatly by the entrance to your home, you’ll save time and be free of stress every time you leave the house.