People with mudrooms or entryways in their homes know how important it is to organize that space, because they know first-hand how frustrating it can be when they’re a disorganized mess. That quick trip out the door becomes a disheartening exercise.
A common pitfall for mudrooms is that they can become an all-seasons dumping ground. Winter coats and boots fight for space alongside windbreakers and sandals.
Just like your bedroom closets, mudrooms are far more functional when out-of-season items are put into storage until they are needed again.
The difference between a normal closet and a mudroom is that a mudroom’s primary function isn’t storage at all. Mudrooms are a place of transition. It’s where you transform from an indoor person to an outdoor person and back again. The smoother the transformation, the better, which is a direct reflection of how organized your entryway is.
Now that warmer weather is approaching, it’s time to start weeding out the garments you won’t be needing. There might be a couple more weeks of winter hats or boots if you’re way up north, but now is the right time to start preparing.
Of all the storage areas in your home, the entryway should be the easiest to flip from one season to the next. Everything is there in full view. Nothing is tucked into the back, squirreled away unseen.
Start by pulling everything out from the old season before you start putting in the new. Boots can go into plastic bins to live in the garage or basement. Hats and scarves can live in a box in a cool, dry place. Bulky sweaters and coats can go into airtight containers to keep them fresh for the months they are out of sight.
Once you’ve got all of the heavy stuff out of the way, you can see how much room you’ve got and you’ll be ready to go once the beach towels, cover-ups, and summer accessories come out of their winter hiding places.
Are you excited about summer? I know I am!
Ginny Snook Scott is the Chief Design Officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.