Organizing our Entryway
While I truly appreciate that we have a mudroom/laundry room on our main level, it’s a bit tight for organizing a family of five. The result is over spill into our kitchen and hallway. This usually means shoes scattered around, coats thrown over random furniture and a sense of overall chaos. (If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I’m a bit of a clean/organization freak) This sight of scattered mess on a daily basis is seriously stress inducing. (I’m a firm believer that it’s difficult to feel centered if you live amongst chaos – you know, messy house = messy mind) We started with a few hooks on the wall for jackets, and a worn out bench to sit on, but it wasn’t enough to control the coats, hats and random winter gear. (And living in Minnesota means that winter gear surrounds us for about 8 months a year)
Here’s the process we used to extend our mudroom area and to create a more organized space…
- I purchased a flat composite molding piece that was 8 inches wide and would extend the length of our wall. I choose composite because I wanted something light but durable. I also searched until I found the types of hooks I wanted to display. Thank you yet again Home Depot…
- First step was cutting the board to the correct length and sanding down the edges.
- We then measured out where we would want the hooks to sit and used a pencils to mark to screw holes.
- While I securely held the board up at the correct location on the wall, my husband made small drill holes through the board and into the wall at each of the pencil marks.
- Removing the board, he proceeded to drill the wall holes to the appropriate size and inserted wall anchors. For wall anchors we always follow the ‘go big or go home’ approach. Kids like to pull down and hang more so you might as well be sure they will hold.
- I held the board back up and aligned the board holes to each of the wall anchors.
- He screwed in each hook and viola! Extra hook space for all of our little one’s jackets, hats and bags.
A new shoe rack in the mud room, a colorful rug, a mirror on the wall and a refinished trunk bench completes our space. While I can’t say this process has resulted in children who always put their gear away, it does make it easier for me to quickly swoop by and put everything in it’s rightful place.
What system do you use for organizing your entryway? Any tips or tricks that you rely on?