Makeshift Mudroom

Makeshift Mudroom

Parenthood has made us covet mudrooms. A spot for boots and all of our winter accoutrements would be fab, but our last condo's front door opened right into the living room and our current house only has a small foyer. We've managed to improvise with a mudroom-ish landing strip that has a spot for all of the essentials.

Like this Pottery Barn setup, a bench is incredibly useful in the entryway; my son eagerly hops onto ours for the routine of suiting up. If space is limited then a chair will do the trick. A boot tray contains the slush and a bin or basket keeps mittens, scarves and hats from scattering. For the mudroomless among us, what are your best tips and solutions for keeping your home's entrance clean and uncluttered?

(Image: Pottery Barn)

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