Guest Friendly Mudroom Tips from Closet Works

Create a Guest-Ready Mudroom Before The Holiday Season

For many of us, the holidays are a joyful time that that also brings a bit of stress because it means hosting guests. There are so many things to take into consideration. This is no small feat when you and your kids are on the move with work, school, extracurricular activities, cooking and homework every day.

One of these spots that could use some extra attention is your mudroom—the entryway space that becomes a catch-all for you and your kids’ bags, coats, mail, homework assignments, sports equipment and shoes. If you find yourself spending 30 minutes at the end of each week organizing and reorganizing this high-traffic space, it may be time to give it some extra attention before the holiday season.

Here’s how to create a clean, organized and guest-ready mudroom this season.
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Start with a deep clean

Getting your mudroom ready for the onslaught of relatives and friends starts with a good cleaning.  Check out our step-by-step tips on cleaning your mudroom.

Store items in closed storage

Your entryway is a drop zone for you and your family’s need-it-everyday-things. But there are some items you might want to remove before guests arrive. Having a mix of open storage like hooks and shelves, and closed storage like cabinets and drawers, give you the option to stash many items!

shoe storage seatAdd hooks and drawers for winter gear

Storing guests’ coats, gloves hats and other winter gear in a far-away bedroom is not only time-consuming, it’s also inconvenient for guests who need to get to their coat or bag while at your house. Add enough hooks in your mudroom for family members and guests as well as plenty of drawer space.

Encourage guests to remove their shoes

The last thing you want is guests tracking snow, dirt, leaves and anything else through your house. Encourage them to remove their shoes in your mudroom by providing bench seating and cubbies, under-bench storage or a boot tray for wet shoes.

For the full article and more information on redoing your space, visit Closet Works

For help decluttering your home before the holidays, reach out to Organize Me!

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