Hi everyone! I hope you'are all doing well and enjoying the big ones and little ones =)
I am in an organizing predicament: the house we are renting doesn't have a decent mudroom or entry way from the garage to the kitchen where we always come through after school. So what we have to do is use the main entrance close since it's kind of big. I am not happy about this but this is the best we can do otherwise we'll never get our storage under control.
I bought one of these for the kids:
I thought it's perfect, there are 5 sections, one for each kid. My husband and I can hang our coats up on the rail in the closet. But unfortunately when it arrived it was damaged. It will fit in nicely in the closet and looks great, but I'm doubled minded if I just want a replacement or if I should try something else. The something else would be me going to Lowes or Home Depot and buying a wood panel already sanded and use ready then buying a bunch of hooks and nailing everything on the wall at about my 3 y/o's best reach height. It'd probably A LOT cheaper. But it wouldn't have the cute look and have each section.
So then I thought to ask you all what do you do with all of your kids stuff, backpacks, shoes, sweaters/jackets, hats etc. It's finally hit us that we need to streamline a few things like where we keep our stuff =)
That is just TOO funny, b/c we are about to create a mudroom as well and I have been "google imaging" mudrooms for weeks!
Your unit looks really neat, something I would love to get, but I am not sure if it's too expensive. How much does it cost?
Do you have a link to the website?
I want to kind of do it for as inexpensive as possible. I was thinking of attaching metal hooks to a piece of wood, and building a bench under which we would store shoes. I would much refer a ready made unit though.
For gloves and such I just use the plastic stack-able bins. I write each childs' name on each drawer and that's it. Not very pretty, but useful. We are going to build the mudroom in the garage on the wall that leads to the house.
here is what we are thinking about. Except, there would be one shelf above and maybe milk crates for shoes for each kid? IDK...
I like that setup. I dont think it would work in the closet w/o modifying which might work
The one I bought was from school outfitters and was $199 plus ship making it 236
It comes precut in pieces so you have to assemble. I am disappointed in the damaged, and I think the factory was aware of some cracks in the wood because there was sticky wood glue on two pieces. For these reasons I am not sure if I should get a replacement or scratch the idea. You might be more understanding or patient. Just make sure you note the height which was perfect for our LOs for a long time.
I checked on home depot and hooks are expensive at all and putting a shelf up above seems ok for small baskets.
I saw a gorgeous mudroom from a housing developer here. I will see if i can find the pic. If I had my own house i wpuld make something like that.
I like the cabinets in this mudroom, in how plentiful they are. I like that there is a large room you walk in to before going into the main house from the garage. Ahhh but for now, I'm pretty much limited to organizing THIS: ROFL!! It is larger than it looks and wraps around toward the right.
So I'm thinking to just put the hooks and some other concoctions until I have the dream house haha. I might run to the hardware store today and see what I can come up before I tell them not to replace the unit, though I love it otherwise =( and would SO organized for our needs. My oldest is only 6 so.. it'd have YEARS of use.
Asha, I was just thinking that the pic I posted (the first one of my dream one lol) might work for you since you're already enclosing a space from the garage for the mudroom. You can just do it all in one go and build the benches etc. You may have to modify the hooks. The cabinets above are great for storing the winter stuff out of season. The shoe situation underneath is good, and you can one entire wall filled with storage cabbies or open shelves. For the baby stroller, depending on which one you might be using, it might can go on a sturdy straight hook.
We are only 2 people at this stage of our lives, but have both farm clothes and city clothes (for work and town). When we moved in we gained a FABULOUS room for laundry, plants and storage. Next to the back door is a bench in which we stores shoes and boots. Above the bench we installed a board with hooks. There is an island in this room on which to fold laundry and more.
BUT! I just want to add that training DH and guests to use the area well is very difficult. There is no way that the storage for foot gear is sufficient. We have loads of boots, skates, running shoes, winter boots, gardening shoes etc in the closets. We have tons of jackets and coats for every type of weather in every season. We have containers for mittens and hats. One or two hooks simply doesn't work for us. So even though this is absolutely the perfect room, (It was used by a family with 6 kids before us) there is much more to it than just hooks and shoe storage. Everyone must be on board to help keep things organized. Perhaps the organizing of the area could be added to the weekly list of the family chores. If you rotate chores, then each person would gradually learn how to best use the area.
One thing that I found useful when the kids were small was a mitten drying rack. I think we got it from Sears. They could always find their mittens, they were in pairs and they were dry!
I'll try to add a photo later on, but it won't be tidy. We have loads of house guests now and the dog leash etc is there as well.
PS: Here's the boot bench area. This is our solution to hanging dry clothes. There was absolutely no wall space or floor space to add anything, so we put in a large dowel across the windows between the cupboards. It is SO useful!
Thanks Gardenbug for the pictures! I love how light and airy the room is! The bench that stores shoes- it is nice and hides stuff, but not very practical with a bunch of kids, as they would forever be looking for their matching sneaker... So I would like a shelf under the bench.
I think the huge clothes closet is a great feature too!
Absolutely Asha. Space is never enough! Snowsuits take up an enormous amount of space and don't necessarily dry overnight. Shoes and boots in the boot box don't work either. Looks like a good idea at first, but it just doesn't work...even for 2 people! We end up putting a soccer ball, a croquet set, skip ropes, etc in the box instead. And when seasons overlap and you need both rain and snow outfits, well there simply isn't space for it all and it isn't the kids's fault at all.
If you just need jackets, having a top and bottom clothes bar uses closet space best. My SIL used clothing racks on wheels for her 5 sons and frankly they were great. You could put clothes on hangers to dry on them, you could put coats on them, you could organize things according to each child. Maybe not lovely or cute, just super.