Dirt and clutter is a homemaker’s nemesis especially during the wet season when kids often come home with mud soiled shoes. Maintaining a clean and organized home can be made easier by having a mudroom or a well structured entry hall in the house.
A mudroom is usually a small space or room near the entrance of the house that can help homemakers limit the mud, dirt, and other outside elements from getting inside their homes. It is common for houses built in farms and snow-prone areas to have mudrooms built beside the kitchen or house entry, but some modern homes and apartments also have this pocket space incorporated in their designs and they’ve all enjoyed its benefits.
Minimized Space for Outside Dirt
Cleanliness is obviously the primary benefit of having a mudroom at home. There is no need to follow the kids around with mop in tow whenever they come into the house on a rainy day or after a wet soccer game. Dirty shoes, clothing and equipment can be contained in the mudroom where it can be tackled in your own terms. The same goes for dirt, dust or mold coming from the outside during the rest of the year.
Having a clean home enables you to protect your family against harmful bacteria or disease causing germs. Aside from cleanliness, homemakers can also benefit from the additional storage that a mudroom can provide. The simple installation of wire racks, shelves, cabinets or pegs can give you ample space to keep shoes, coats and jackets, umbrellas, sports gear and other things that are usually left cluttered around the house.
Mudroom designs can range from Spartan rooms with a coat stand, mat, and umbrella bin, up to well equipped ones with built-in storage units, tiled floors and drain. Determining the type of mudroom that you will build in your home should be based on the family needs.
Easily Take Accessories for When Going Out
Shawls, gloves, bonnets, and other accessories can’t be forgotten if they can easily be picked out from near the door. Before we go outside, I usually yell out to the kids these accessories one by one, since they are in designated boxes near the door, nothing gets left behind.
If you don’t have an entry hall or mudroom, you can improvise. People who live in rural areas or families with kids who are active in outdoor sports usually encounter a lot of dust and mud from the outside while those who live in condominiums and apartments in highly urbanized areas normally deal with little dust or mud in their homes. Homemakers that deal with a lot of outside elements in cleaning the house should consider investing in a well-equipped mudroom made with durable, easy to clean, and moisture proof materials.
Fighting dirt and tackling day to day clutter can be made easier by designating a mudroom in the house. Containing dirt and mess in one area is an efficient way to manage cleanliness in the house and give homemakers more room in their schedules for other tasks.
Maribel Ramirez says
I would love to have a mudroom since our weather here is always raining.
md kennedy says
Oh, how I wish we had a mud room! I am one of those with the mop and bucket by the door…maybe someday!
Megan Parsons says
I love the space for organizing things! I have wanted to make one of these bench areas in my mudroom for awhile now… just gotta get my hubby to help
Rachel Craig says
I haven’t come across the term before. Though I have seen/ noticed that some homes / houses in the country tend to have hallway areas. Which seem aimed at welcoming and allowing individuals to take off and store :- Overcoat, rain jacket, umbrella, muddy boots, wellingtons, etc. Seems a very sensible design / idea.
I have a friend who when getting house renovations :- Having recently bought the property. Had a small room / entrance area which could be entered from the side door of the property. When she showed me round once renovations completed. I complimented her on outcome / layout. In that area was side entrance door. Beside the door, a deep sink:- For washing the children’s muddy boots and shoes / footwear, on returning from behind in the garden:- I was told. I thought wonderful idea. Due to space there was also a single shower room. Her husband is an architect. Seems they were practical, and made great use of space available within the property.
I hate had friends and relatives who have been lucky enough to have one or two porches. These have tended to have been used for the taking off and storage of shoes. Sometimes back porch being used to store children’s bike, scooter, etc.
Why would anyone want mud, dirt, dampness, etc trailed through their home. Especially when they may be the one to have to ‘make amends ‘ :- Clean up.
Entry hall or waiting room would be the more common name – in German we call it Vorzimmer (anteroom or antechamber)- and that’s where all our shoes, jackets, umbrellas are stored. ^_^
Amanda Botterill says
I’ve never heard of the term Mud room before, interesting piece