Update Your Mudroom For Colder Days

Dated: 10/17/2016

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Update Your Mudroom For Colder Days

If you are lucky enough to own a mudroom, you know that it is one of the busiest rooms in your home. Mudrooms are the workhorses of our homes. They allow us to strip off muddy boots, hang the kids backpacks, prop up wet umbrellas and keep the “messy” stuff hidden away from our living spaces. Mudrooms are the saving grace to keeping our homes that much cleaner and simply, functional. 

With the change in seasons, our attire and accessories change along with it. Which means, our mudrooms need to evolve too. Sweep out the sand and grass from your current space, and get ready  update your mudroom for the messiest seasons - fall and winter. Whether your mudroom is at your woodsy cabin or in your downtown Anchorage home, it needs to be organized and easy to clean. Having a place for everything is key to make it function smoothly. Ensure to give everything a ‘home’ with clever tricks like umbrella stands, shoe racks, cubbies for loose items and hooks for coats. 

Be prepared for the first snowfall, by investing in a boot tray. This is a MUST for colder seasons. A boot tray made of plastic or rubber will contain the slushy, wet puddles that form on the floor. You know - the ones we almost always step-in as we seem to be rushing out the door! An essential component in a fall/winter mudroom, is a place for your loose items. If your house is like ours, your home will be overflowing with countless gloves, mittens and hats. Use wire storage bins or ones with open tops to access easily. Designate a bin for each member of the family to make it simple for everyone, especially young children. These drawers are a great option, as they are easy to clean and translucent. When it comes to brushing off the muck from your boots and shoes, there is no better item than a sturdy rug by the door (Costco usually carries some pretty awesome ones this time of year as well.) Choose a rug that can withstand serious water and dirt. Durable materials like easy-care polypropylene or hardwire rattan. Lastly, the best tip for any outdoor adventurer, is to invest in a clever heat rack. Nothing is worse than slipping on a pair of damp gloves. This simple wire rack sits atop of your floor vent, without causing any fire hazards. Your friends will all be jealous, as you slip on your warm and cozy winter accessories ready to spend the morning shoveling snow or building a snowman. 

So, go on - embrace the colder weather and give yourself a pat on the back. Getting the family out the door on time without a mad scramble, will make your life just a little bit easier.

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