Revamp the Hallway or Entryway
Putting your mudroom close to the door everyone uses is your best bet. The further you get from where your family enters and exits, the less used your mudroom will be. The hallway or entryway is the perfect place to make a little space for your faked mudroom.
Tips for a Functional Mudroom:
Hang some hooks on the wall for backpacks and coats at heights where your kids can reach. Paint one wall with chalkboard paint so you can keep track of chores, appointments, and any other little reminders and love notes you want them to see.
If you have a coat closet in the hallway, consider removing the door and transforming it into your command center complete with a bench and a place to store shoes.
Nab a Corner of the Garage
The space right outside the door in the garage is the perfect place to fake a mudroom. It is protected from the elements and stops mud from coming in the door.
Formalize the space by finishing it with sheetrock and some paint. A little décor encourages your family to take the new mudroom seriously and think of it as an extension of the house. The trick here is to make it comfortable and inviting, unlike the rest of the garage, so all the stuff finds a home.
Try hooks and baskets for winter wear and a comfortable bench to sit on while removing shoes. Cubby holes are a great way to ensure shoes don’t get out of control.
Rethink the Laundry Room, Butler’s Pantry, or Closet
Is there a space in your home that might double as your mudroom? The laundry room might be the perfect place since it is already equipped to withstand messy situations. Add a few elements to one wall like the hooks, lockers, and storage bins that define the mudroom and voila! You have a mudroom!
The pantry can do the same thing. There is generally a lot of storage in the pantry so perhaps some of it can do the work of the mudroom. Consider removing some of the cabinet doors for easier access and storage for everyday things like shoes.
Converting a coat closet is probably the easiest way to fake a mudroom. Remove the door and turn it into another miniature room. Sometimes a little bit of space can go a long way to organizing your family’s comings and goings.