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    Quote Originally Posted by CamelNoodle View Post
    When money is not so tight, we have plans to order some lockers from here:

    Mudroom Storage Furniture

    We've priced doing it ourselves, and may still go that way if my BIL every has a free weekend, but the materials alone are almost as expensive as buying them.
    I LOL-ed at the "when money is not so tight"- somehow it always ends up being tight! Those are beautiful lockers!
    Also, yeah -wood is expensive but you want wood so the furniture can withstand time and "ab"use.

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    The nice thing about wood is that there is usually a lot you can get for free from old falling down buildings and construction sites, and 2x4s are so cheap these days that they are hardly worth scrounging. DH makes picture frames out of old barn boards, and we just acquired (and passed on) some home made garage shelves made of 2x4s. The hard part is having the equipment to build it - but we have acquired enough that we can do most anything - splitting 2x4s with a table saw to be the size you actually want them.

    And Asha, you are right, if you make it out of simple materials and raw wood, you can always fix it if it breaks. Wood almost always lasts longer than OSB or particle board too! And now that you have land, you can use rounds from trees to make some neat looking "raw" furniture too - it always looks nice. DH's uncle sells pine beds and couches made from trees on his land. They look like this:


    And then you can try building something like this (what we hope to do next summer):


    Then add a living roof and cob walls to make it look like this:
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    Oh man sarah, showing this to my son Phillip. He is going to love the building idea! We do have a lot of fallen trees in the woods.

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    It's called a reciprocating roof round house. You can make just the roof and have it as a picnic structure, or you can make the walls out of cord wood (cut wood with mud plaster between them), straw bales (you want to make sure you build the uprights the right distance apart), or whatever you want. Tell Philip to Google/YouTube Reciprocating Roof Round House and there are a bunch of videos on how to build them.

    To the OP - I just realized how much of a tangent I took onthis thread - sorry!
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    I"m late to this....but, when we built our house 2 years ago we designed a mud room. I've been pretty happy with it thus far. I do have to care for the wood with lemon oil on a regular basis to keep it looking shiny and lovely-- but other than that, we're good.

    Our kids aren't quite big enough to make use of the top cubbies, but I think when they get older they will. We keep shoes in the bottom cubbies and they are sorted (our big girls in one basket, our boy in another and our little girl in another.) Trey and use the hallway closet for our stuff, mostly.

    We rotate seasonally and keep big snowsuits in our basement on a line to dry. I didn't take a picture of it, but we also have two cloth bags hanging in the mudroom. In the summer one holds sunglasses and the other sunscreen. In the winter, one holds hats and the other mittens/gloves. We do have to hang things on the line downstairs to dry...but that is okay.

    The kids know that their stuff has to be hung up (and lunchboxes put away in the dishwasher, etc) when they come in. Shoes left out, I get to keep and they have to do a chore to earn them back (I'm mean!)





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    Hey Audra - I agree in principle, but as DH keeps saying, how can I insist that they be organized and put things away instantly if I don't? I mean, my clothes go in a pile next to me bed when I finally get the chance to drag myself off to bed. I'm lucky to be able to wash them (the clothes not me) in every couple weeks. So how can I insist that the kids make their beds and put clothes, jackets and shoes away daily? On the other hand, there's no other way when there's so many people sharing the same space.
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    The way we enforce it is the "common areas" have to be cleaned and tidied. Bedrooms? I only enforce occasionally. But mudroom, kitchen, living, dining, etc-- must be kept super clean.

    And I'm the mom. It is the same reason that I can drink a soda if I want or stay up late. Our house isn't a democracy and it isn't always fair. When they work all day, care for kids and own a home, they can keep it however they'd like.....
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    My bedroom is a mess. But we have coat hooks and shoe racks in the entry way. When the kids come home, they put their shoes on the rack and hang up their jackets and backpacks. DH and I do try to hold ourselves accountable in the common areas too. I think we do lead by example.

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    We only have 3 right now, but the shoes were driving me nuts so I got a cube organizer and each kid has one bin for shoes and one for hats/mittens. Someday, when we buy a house (we're renting until we have a better idea what size our family will be) I'd love to do a locker-type mud room. I like DIY projects, so I might try to design something and see if my dad can help build it. I think the board with hooks in it would be a great, easy, inexpensive solution. Maybe not pretty, but it would work. Maybe put a shelf above it for hats, lunchboxes, etc and bins below for shoes/boots.
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    I found this today:
    Two Story Cottage: Meet my Mudroom

    The lady seems to only have one child....and thinks her house is messy.
    Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat

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