With the safety of a door to hide behind it's all too easy for a closet to become disorganized and messy but removing the door makes this space more accessible as well as adds incentive to keep it tidy and functional. Wendy's husband built a bench (padded with a repurposed crib mattress!) and lined the closet with bead board so it's just as nice as the rest of the house. Wendy added a basket for shoes and hung her children's photos on the hooks so each would have one to call their own.
Wendy has since moved, but we bet she misses her mini mud room! You can read more about it on her blog The Shabby Nest (and find out what she used an electric knife for).
(Image: The Shabby Nest)