This month we are organizing your mudroom, entryway and laundry room.
Keeping your mudroom, entryway, and laundry room organized can be a real challenge, especially if you have a busy family and a lot of items to store. These are spaces where the functionality of the space comes before the pretty, decorative elements. However, with a little bit of planning and effort, you can create a space that is functional, efficient, and that sparks a little joy. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Choose Your Life Over The Look
Organizing can be a daunting task, especially when Pinterest is full of color-coded, Instagram-ready spaces that look nothing like your own. Don't stress about it. Our goal is to make a space that works for your lifestyle and is functional.
There are a few ways you can do this.
Create Zones:Find areas to keep similar items, this allows you to know the types of items you are running low on with just a quick glance.
Use Clear Containers:Some items are not conducive to stacking or aligning in rows. Clear acrylic bins can be used to keep loose items grouped and inline, while still allowing you to see what is inside.
I keep my Tide pods and Oxi Clean in glass jars (you can use plastic containers instead). This tip might feel a little *extra*, but it is a game changer.This also allows me to visualize when I start to run low on these products.
Prioritize Accessibility:Keep in mind where and how frequently you use each product. Products you use most often should be the easiest to grab, while ones you use on rare occasion can be placed on higher shelves.
2. Involve the Family
These are high traffic spaces that can easily become a dumping ground. Involve your whole family in keeping the space organized. Assign each family member a specific zone or task, such as putting away shoes or hanging up coats. Encourage everyone to put things away as soon as they come in the door, and remind them to keep the space tidy.
3. Add Elements of Joy
I spend A LOT of time in my mudroom - which also functions as a laundry room. 4 kiddos makes for So much laundry! I want that space to be organized, labeled and pretty so it makes all the laundry time a little better. It is still a catch all room for backpacks, cheer bags, cleats and shoes; however, the wall papered ceiling, fun light fixture and tidy drawers make it a happier space. So, I challenge you to give a little extra love to a room that often gets neglected.
4. Keep it Clean
Keeping your mudroom, entryway, and laundry room clean can feel like an never ending task, but it is essential for maintaining an organized space. Tidy up often, so that you never become overwhelmed. I make sure to wipe down surfaces regularly, sweep or vacuum the floors, and throw in a batch of towels and other items as needed. Set a timer for 5 minutes and do what you can now to benefit yourself later!
5. Use The Plan
Each month we focus on a new space of the house to organize and give you the tools to get the project started! Check out our existing blog posts and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date!
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