It has taken me years to figure out a good system for our laundry room/ mudroom area. We redid ours about a year ago. It could be a bad thing that it has taken me a year to pull this blog post together, but I’m actually going to call it a positive. We have had a year to test out if it really works for us, and I am happy to say that we finally got it right!
Here are 10 Items that Make the Space Work:
- Glacier Bay Utility Sink from Home Depot– I love that the laundry sink is pretty, and functional. We spent years walking in to the boring hunky plastic common utility sink, and I can’t believe the difference it has made walking in to see this sink instead. The storage cabinets are a huge bonus. I hated not being able to store laundry detergent under the open sink because of how cluttered it looked. And the tall faucet makes cleaning multiple things (including children) way easier.
- Hall Tree/ 3-in-1 Entryway Coatrack– We needed one space designated to grab backpacks, purses, diaper bags, keys, and shoes. Everything now has a space, and it makes getting out the door quicker and less chaotic. (I could not find the exact one we got, but this is very similar.)
- Simple Human 38 Liter/ 10 Gallon Stainless Steel Rectangular Step Trash Can– Not smelling our garbage makes the room more pleasant. I have started using this as garbage and diaper pail rather than having two cans in the room.
- DYMO Label Maker– Labels make it easier when I need help. If Grandma is over, I can say, “Just grab the bin that says kids winter gear.” When my best friend is over, I can send her to grab the basket with the first aid kit when our kiddos inevitably get hurt.
- Hiyagon Large Sized Canvas Baskets– I love these collapsible bins as laundry hampers. We have one for towels and one for any clothes that don’t get taken off upstairs in bedrooms.
- Hiyagon Rectangular Storage Baskets–Shoe baskets can be difficult with multiple children. We got each child their own bin so they can grab it and get their own shoes on when we are trying to get out the door. These also collapse and squeeze to fit on the bottom shelf of our hall tree.
- Wall Mount Accordian Clothes Dryer– If you hang any of your clothes to dry, this is an awesome addition. It folds up against the wall when not in use. I should probably get a second for the amount of clothes we need to hang.
- 24 Large Clear Pocket Over the Door Hanging Shoe Organizer– My husband and I keep our shoes on the back of the door. They are too bulky and big to find a bin that works. We keep all the family’s boots in the garage so they don’t take up precious space inside.
- White Ikea Bins– If you have an Ikea close by, you might be able to find these at a better price. They come in a couple of sizes in the store. I love them though because they hold up really well, and my labels actually stick and stay. Plus, they are easy to wipe off when they get dirty.
- Black Metal Wall Double File Holder– We have a system going with our mail. Whoever brings it in for the day MUST put it in the bin in the laundry room. This helps us not lose bills and other important mail coming in. We found ours at Hobby Lobby, but this two bin system would be great too.
* We found our 3 hexagon mirrors in the dollar bins at Target. I love having mirrors in the mudroom space because I can check to make sure I don’t have baby food smudged on my cheek as I run out the door to the bus stop. We also really like having them spaced at different heights so the kids can look in them too. If you love the hexagon look, I found these Metal Wire Hexagon Set of 3 Shelves that looks really cute with all this decor.
We also made two coat racks that hang on our back wall. There are always an excessive amount of coats, jackets, bags, swimsuits, umbrellas, and miscellaneous items hanging out. This gives us space to hang things and get them off the floor.
*Tip*- Make sure you place children’s items where they can reach them. It is great to get them in the habit of being responsible for putting their own items away, and getting ready when it is time to head out the door.
I hope this gives you some ideas on how to organize your space!
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