Maximize Your Mudroom or Entryway for Fall

Fall is a great time to decorate your home with delicious food and cozy decorations. However, it’s also a good time to track in the wet leaves and mud and mark the change of weather. It is important to maintain your entryway and mudroom in order to avoid any damage to your interior.

If you don’t have a dedicated room for mudrooms, you can still benefit from an upgrade to your entryway in the coming season.

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Wipe your feet

The main reason outside elements won’t stay outside your shoe-storage area is because they aren’t trapped. These are some ways to keep the mud from getting everywhere.

Doormats

Decorative doormats can be warm and welcoming, but they are not meant to provide protection. They are mainly for display purposes. You might consider placing a decorative doormat in your foyer or mudroom, followed by a durable rug. Your shoes will not touch the floor as much.

Shoe trays

Muddy. Wet boots can cause damage to hardwood and carpet. You don’t have to store your boots outside in the cold. Instead, make a tray that allows them to drain. To glue the stones to your tray, you will need a rubber boot tray or plastic tray. The tray is a natural decorative accent that adds fun to the space.

Benches

Place a bench against your entryway wall or mudroom. This will allow you to take off your shoes and unpack your bags after a hard day of fall activities. To maximize storage space, choose one with a lift-top and cubbies.

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Keep it organized

When you are in a hurry, it is easy to leave things scattered about the entryway or mudroom. It is worth taking the time to create an organization plan that meets your needs and those of your family. This will allow you to locate things quicker and make your home more appealing for guests.

Baskets

Baskets are one of the most efficient organization tools that you can use. You can separate them by type or person. You could, for example, have one bin for scarves and another for gloves. Label them with stickers or a label maker. Tape and paper are best as the baskets can get wet from items outside. If you prefer to organize per person, label each bin and personalize it.

Additionally, consider using an opaque material for your bins. Canvas and wicker are strong and can withstand the elements. They also have an attractive, clean look. So your guests won’t be able to see the contents of the bins.

Hooks

In many areas, the weather is cooling and jackets are returning out. Hooks are necessary for any mudroom, or entryway. Hooks should be hung vertically to ensure that everyone in the household has a column with multiple clothing options. A separate set of hooks can be placed closer to the entrance. You will also find a tray with keys, wallets, phones, and other small items. To catch rain jacket drippage, add a rubber mat to the floor beneath the hooks.

Umbrella storage

Don’t place your umbrellas against a wall. Instead, create a space for them to drain. An umbrella stand can be purchased, or you can make your own using PVC pipe and a rubber base. Paint it in a color that complements your interior if you choose the former.

Over-the-door storage

If your mudroom has an interior door, you can create an over-the–door storage system to keep small items separated. Accessory such as sunglasses and masks will be easy to find, but hidden away. Clear pouches are a great option to store your accessories.

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Dry and clean it off

Let your layers dry before you take them off and put them back in the baskets or cubbies. You should allow your items to dry completely before you store them. This will help prevent mold, mildew, and musty odors. These are some ways to dry your items effectively in your entryway or mudroom.

Clothing

Install a hanging system to dry wet clothes before storing them in baskets. Special hangers can be used to dry clothing like scarves, gloves, and hats. You should make sure you have enough space to place rubber mats underneath. A wall-mounted drying rack is also available. This can be useful in all seasons, including for spring rain jackets and winter bathing suits.

Mats

All mats you place should be washed and rinsed at least once per week. Mount a broom on the wall to remove leaves and debris . Make sure that leaves and dirt don’t end up on your porch or steps. For leaf removal guidelines, check with your municipality.

Hard surfaces

Keep a small towel nearby to clean any dirt or debris from your entryway seating. Also, make sure you wash it often. A basket of cleaning and disinfecting supplies may be useful.

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