Building functional and useful space to organize my kids’ belongings has become one of my favorite things to DIY.
I’m not a clean freak by nature (or nurture ha) but I desire to be. I hate clutter, like really hate clutter…but I also hate to clean. Soooo….
That means it’s really important for me to have organized spaces where it’s really easy to put things away, and where everything has a place. This helps the house stay happy and organized and everyone can pitch in easily. Which not only makes my life easier but changes my whole attitude. Win-win for all right?
We live in the Northeast where the summers are hot and the winters are cold. My kids spend a lot of time outside swimming in the pool or playing in the creek. Therefore, the mud room is a huge drop zone for us.
It’s the entry point from the garage and has a door to the back yard, in addition to being part of the laundry room. Therefore, it has the potential to get incredibly cluttered with swimsuits and towels, snow gear and jackets, dirty laundry and backpacks. See where I’m going with this??
The corner mudroom bench is perfect for taking shoes on and off, the built in lockers hold backpacks and seasonal jackets. Each kid has a bin of shoes and a basket for scarves, mittens and hats. Additionally, the cabinets hold miscellaneous stuff I don’t know where else to put, behind closed doors.
This DIY mudroom build has been my favorite thus far, and I hope it serves as inspiration for you and gives you some ideas of how you can create this too.
As a small reminder, this was done at the beginning of my DIY journey, if I figured it out, you can too!
This corner bench is perfect for keeping bins of shoes under the cubbies. The dog even has a space for her dog bed and food and water under the bench!
These lockers are perfect for holding a backpack and a jacket on the hooks. The small shelf above has baskets for hats, gloves and scarves for the kids!
Stock cabinets can be purchased ready to go, and are easy to place above the mud room lockers for extra storage. See how to install them here.
Adding a peg rail on the other corner wall next to the lockers adds extra hanging areas for jackets and towels above the bench, but it doesn’t cramp the space at all.
A mud room should be functional and organized, but it can also be pretty! Check out the colors I used and the peel and stick wallpaper that made this mud room pleasant to be in.