How to Declutter and Organize Your Mudroom or Entryway
Hey, Super Moms out there! You’ve got your healthy snacks, your sunscreen, your schedule, your kids’ brain-building books stashed away in your bag(s!). You’ve got it all together. Unless you’re like me, and people walk into your home. Then it’s like...shoes, coats, school bags, books, socks, basketballs, cleats… and a Halloween mask from two years ago? Need some mudroom organization ideas? Here’s how I tamed my entryway.
How to Get Organized at Home: Go on the Defensive
You basketball parents will get me here: organizing your mudroom/entryway is all about playing zone defense.
Zone 1: Your Go-To Items.
Keys. Reusable shopping bags. Water bottles. Those library books that were due two days ago. If you need it to get out of the house, prioritize it in terms of organization. A shelf, cubby, or side table near the front of the entryway ensures you won’t forget these items. This is a VIP area. Don’t put random stuff here. (We all know how random stuff spreads!).
Zone 2: Your Seasonal Ware.
From boots, coats, and mittens to rain jackets and mud boots, devote a spot to seasonal ware. Incorporate floor mats for storing shoes/boots, hooks for coats, and a basket or hanging rack for hats and mittens/summer gear. Swap out season-by-season, storing the unused items in clear totes.
Zone 3: Kid Stuff.
As we all know, kids have lots of stuff. Make a space for backpacks, permission slips, school papers, lunch bags, etc. These should be placed at a child-friendly height. You can even try an inbox system: they have a field trip you need to sign off on? They put the slip in the right basket. Teaching kids how to get organized at home is a valuable life skill.
When I'm searching for mudroom organization ideas, I try to treat my mudroom like I do my handbag. There’s a lot I need to keep in there, but I can make it manageable if I give everything a home and keep it organized.