Whether your mudroom is in the front of the house or back of the house, these well organized spaces show that you often don't need a whole room as a drop zone — just a wall or a corner will do. Here are a few ideas for tackling those muddy boots and misplaced mittens this winter.
1. Located just inside the back porch, Elsie's mudroom features wooden crates for boots and knickknacks, plus wooden boards with clips and hooks. The clips are a clever way to display favorite photos, as well as hold tickets, shopping lists, and other papers you might need before you run out the door.
2. In this mudroom styled by Eddie Ross, a metal tray keeps dirty shoes from soiling the rest of the room. Snow will melt into the tray while mud stays contained. When needed, the tray can simply be hosed off.
3. Kristin's mudroom maximizes wall space with a floor to ceiling storage unit full of cubbies and baskets. Best of all, it was built from inexpensive materials gussied up with trim and wainscot. Click through to her website to see more pictures from her DIY project.
4. For a family of four (or more), this mudroom from Better Homes and Gardens assigns divided cubbies for each member so that everyone and everything has a place. No more wondering where your keys went!
5. This mudroom from Smith and Vansant Architects is part of the home's laundry room and does double duty in the cleaning department. A small tub with a shower not only washes muddy paws, but also his owner's muddy shoes before entering the main house.
MORE MUDROOMS ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
• Good Looking Mud Rooms
• 10 Tips on Making a Mini Makeshift Mudroom
• Practical Tips for Organizing Mud Rooms & Entryways
(Images: 1. A Beautiful Mess, 2. Eddie Ross, 3. My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, 4. Better Homes and Gardens, 5. Smith and Vansant Architects via Houzz)