Tired of climbing a mountain of shoes and bags every time you enter your house? I certainly was! The kids just love to kick off their shoes and throw their bags wherever they land when they get home. And with another child about to start school I knew I needed a better plan. When I saw these Entertainment Centre Drawers at The Warehouse I knew they were just what I needed for my mudroom hack! My first project for 2017 had begun! (Don’t have The Warehouse where you are? Keep reading for other alternatives 🙂 )
I have to confess that until a few years ago I had no idea what a mudroom was. Thanks to pinterest I discovered that it was simply a room, or space, where you store your shoes and outdoor clothing.
We have shelving in the garage which I had been using to store our shoes but they always seemed to get in a muddle. My vision was to have a cubbyhole storage system with drawers for fleeces, hats and sunglasses.
When I saw these Entertainment Centres at The Warehouse (for $50) I new they were exactly what I wanted. I thought five drawers would have been best since there are five of us but there wasn’t enough space on the shelf for three units. We decided on two units (making four cubbyholes with drawers) and a space at the end for my husband’s boots. Since his boots are so big they probably wouldn’t have fitted in the cubbyhole anyway!
I’ve also spotted a similar entertainment centre on amazon that would make a great mudroom storage unit. (Affiliate link)
My four-year-old, who sees himself as quite the carpenter, was delighted to help assemble the units. The two of us worked together and had them made up and in use by the time my husband came home from work. He was quite impressed at our handy work!
To finish off the my mudroom hack we added hooks above our drawers for school bags and jackets.
Well, I say that was the finish, but there is one more thing to do to completely finish the project. When the children start school in a couple of weeks I am going to make Ready for School checklists. These will include the every day things that I already know about, like lunch boxes, book bags, sun hats etc. – oh, and shoes, why do they always forget their shoes??? Then I’ll add the weekly items, like library books and swimming bags, when I have the details from school.
You can download your own copy of the ready for school checklist in my free Back to School printables bundle.
Some more Mudroom Hack inspiration
Here are some mudroom hacks using entertainment units from Ikea (which we don’t have in New Zealand 🙁 )
I’m really pleased with how my Mudroom Hack looks. We’re all doing much better at putting away our shoes and bags, and there are no more mountains to climb!
Here are some more of my storage ideas I think you will enjoy.