Mudrooms are an essential transition area in your home, the place where you get ready for the day — and where your family probably dumps everything at the end of it.
It’s easy for this space to fall into disarray, but an organized mudroom will save you time getting out the door and minimize frustrated searches for that missing shoe or glove. And believe it or not, turning your mudroom from chaos to calm doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking.
With just $50 I was able to completely reorganize my mudroom to better accommodate all the clothes, accessories, and stored items kept there. With just a few tips and just a few bucks, you can do the same with your mudroom or entryway and breathe a sigh of relief!
Don’t stop there! Check out this list of amazing organizing tips for your whole home.
How to Organize Your Mudroom Closet
1. Get rid of excess. The mudroom isn’t the place for storing all of your accessories. Chances are you don’t use a new handbag every day, so only keep the ones (or even just one) that get the most use in the mudroom, and store the rest in your bedroom or another closet. Same goes for shoes (fancy footwear belongs in the bedroom)!
2. Think seasonally. During the winter months, keep hats, gloves, and scarves within reach. When the summer rolls around, you can switch that basket of winter accessories with one full of beach towels, and snow pants can be traded for sun hats.
3. Use pegs sparingly. Hanging pegs are essential, but if they’re stuffed with items it becomes too hard to find anything amidst the clutter. I decided to store most of our jackets on clothing hangers in another closet and use these pegs only for essentials, such as the coats the kids wear every day (or almost every day), school backpacks, and our life-saving tote bag. If you don’t have another closet nearby for larger (adult) jackets, only hang those that get daily use in the mudroom and find another spot for the rest.
4. Keep shelves simple. Shelves are best for storing easy-to-identify and similar items. If you cram a combination of coats, scarves, and hats on them, you’ll never find anything. I designated the top two shelves for just scarves (we’re a big scarf-wearing family and have lots of them) and baby wraps, the middle one to another baby carrier and reusable grocery bags, and the bottom two to a basket and bin.
3 Mudroom Storage Solutions I Used
Total spent: $49.40
Organization may bring to mind shopping at places like The Container Store, but while all the bins, dividers, and caddies you find there are nice, there are other, more budget-friendly options to be found.
I did all my entryway storage shopping at The Home Depot. They have a great selection of organization solutions, and prices were low enough that I didn’t need to spend an arm and a leg. Wherever you do end up shopping, I highly recommend checking for coupon codes, like the ones I found for The Home Depot here.
We have lots of little feet in my household, and keeping track of shoes is never an easy task. This cube organizer was a steal at less than $30.
It does require some assembly, but if I can do it, most anyone can! Each compartment is fairly small, perfect for a pair or two of kids’ shoes, or for less bulky adult shoes (flats and slides). I used the floor space next to it for boots.
One of the easiest ways to maintain organization in your mudroom (and anywhere else) is to minimize the amount of stuff.
I used this large fabric storage bin to store important outerwear that doesn’t get used every day, such as extra mittens and skiing accessories. That way these items are still on hand if needed, but they’re not taking up prime storage real estate.
Pippa’s note: This storage bin was $13.45 when I purchased it and calculated my total cost
Having smaller items like sunscreen and doggy bags crammed into nooks and crannies makes them impossible to find. This little fabric storage bin is the perfect catch-all place for those smaller items. And I intentionally put it out of the reach of little fingers!
Pippa’s note: This fabric drawer was 5.98 when I purchased it and calculated my total cost
Additional Mudroom Storage Items
Organizing on a budget means incorporating items you may already have on hand. These baskets and bins were going unused (or were misused), so I found a way to incorporate them into my new mudroom setup.
ClosetMaid Colorful Fabric Storage Bins, $5.86 each
These fabric storage bins are lifesavers for keeping track of smaller kids’ items such as mittens, hats, and scarves. I decided to put the most frequently used accessories in a wicker basket the kids could reach themselves (see below), but all additional gear went into fabric bins — and each kid gets their own color, which makes it super easy to keep track of what belongs to who!
Seville Classics Woven Hyacinth Storage Basket, $24.99 for two
Wicker baskets are both functional and attractive storage tools. I used a larger one on the top shelf to hold beach towels, and a smaller, fabric-lined one to hold kids’ outdoor accessories that get used daily. By putting this one on a lower shelf, the kids can grab their hats and mittens themselves when it’s time to get ready.
These wall baskets were previously installed, but were always overflowing with accessories. So, I decided to use just the top one for the hats and gloves that my husband and I use every day.
The middle one is the perfect place for wipes (which we somehow always need close by) and socks, which I find helpful to have in the mudroom closet so you’re always ready to go.
I decided to use the bottom one for toddler snow pants and for hanging damp accessories with clothespins after playing in the snow.
What are your go-to strategies for mudroom organization? Let me know in the comments below!