Practical Tips for Organizing Mud Rooms & Entryways

There's a reason each kid gets his or her own cubby or a locker at school: Because otherwise the hallways and classrooms would become an explosion of muddled coats and backpacks. Same goes for mud rooms and entryways in your own home. Here are some fun ways to nudge (read: coerce) family members (and that means grow-ups as well!) to put their coats and bags and scarves where they belong. Here are some pretty and practical ways to use harness the chaos of your entryway using personalized bins, hooks or cubby spaces. And of course, if you have the time or inclination, a little DIY magic can go a long way in this part of the home.

FIRST ROW
1. Counting Your Blessings has a nice before-and-after of her mud room. Once a mess of cork boards and white boards, the space is now very organized and pretty. Each family member gets a personalized hook, which is framed nicely by wood panelling, which was installed by the blogger.
2. This one, with personalized bins, comes from organizer extraordinaire Martha Stewart.
3. I like these simple personalized hooks, which are a simple DIY from Brown Paper Packages.
4. Here's another super organized entryway, this time using pretty silhouette images in place of photos or name tags. Better Homes and Gardens.
5. Here are some cute DIY wood bins with monogrammed initials from That's My Letter.

SECOND ROW
6. Billy and Fatimah in Northern Virginia chose funny photos of their kids to organize their hooks in the bathroom (an idea that could be used elsewhere in the house, of course).
7. Ann-Marie in Washington DC uses this simple letter system for her entryway built-ins.

(Images: 1. Counting Your Blessings; 2. Martha Stewart; 3. Brown Paper Packages; 4. Better Homes and Gardens; 5.That's My Letter; 6. Billy & Fatimah; 7. Ann-Marie.)

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