Thursday, October 28, 2010

mudroom [before & after]

A couple of weeks ago I decided we needed a mudroom.
I wanted a better (and more organized)place
for the kids' backpacks, jackets, hats and gloves,
and all of their sports stuff.

So we took this spot in the garage:
(embarrassing picture alert!)

before

The door to the house is on the right,
and the workbench on the left that is covered in aluminum foil
is where I used to solder...
Ryan and I have a running joke
that our neighbors would see me in there
with my crockpots and my torch
and call the cops thinking we had a meth lab going on in there.
Thankfully, it never happened :)

So we moved the fishing stuff
painted
hung up closet shelving from Lowe's
and a calendar for keeping track of games and practices,
and now we have this:

after

The kids backpacks and jackets go on the hooks on the right,
(picture was taken while the older kids were at school
so all that is up is Eden's)
The sports stuff is hung up or on the shelf on the left,
a hamper for their dirty sports stuff after games and practices,
(so I know what needs washing
without mixing in with our regular laundry)
in the middle are baskets for gloves, hats, etc.
and shoes go down below,
and we have lots of room for more baskets
or whatever we end up needing in the future!

Much better :)

36 comments:

Tammy said...

Wow, that's great!

Joe and Melody said...

Bravo! Excellent job. This is an organizer's heaven. Hopefully I'll be inspired...
P.S. I found your blog through nienie's blog. In fact, I just ordered a necklace on your website for my sister-in-law. Next up, one for me!

Jamie said...

It looks AWESOME!! There is a spot in our garage I would love to do this to, just need to convince the hubs.

liz r. said...

Hey, nice work! I'd love to have a mud room.

Jaime said...

Looks fantastic! I took our tiny hall closet (that was useless as a closet) that's right by the garage and turned it into a mini mud room...it works much better now! Amazing what a little organization can do, right?! :)

little bird vintage designs said...

Wow! I'm working on mine this week as well :) Congratulations!

The Cannary's said...

Oh, I really love a good clean "after" haha. this space looks so neat and functional - nice job!

shana said...

i'm jealous . . . oh how i would love a mudroom for our family of 8. instead my kitchen is covered with shoes and coats and backpacks {and very soon we will add to that snowpants and boots and hats and mittens and scarves and lots of wet, slushy snow . . . the JOYS of winter in Minnesota!}

Yogi said...

Erin-

Good morning. That was a miracle renovation. It went from scary Halloween to fresh snow on Christmas morning. Great job.

Yogi said...

Erin-

Good morning. That was a miracle renovation. It went from scary Halloween to fresh snow on Christmas morning. Great job.

wishful nals said...

wow, looks awesome! i would love a mudroom! oh, the possibilities. :)

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

Oh, geeze. I'm going to do this. I need an answer to my fiasco that is a laundry room. THANK YOU.

Theresa said...

What a great transformation!
We changed our front closet into our version of a 'mudroom'...it keeps things organized!
You can see it here {http://alliswellathome.blogspot.com/2010/08/little-renovation-and-lot-of.html} if you like!
BTW...I LOVE your jewelry! I've purchased some in the past for gifts and plan to do the same again this year!
Cheers!
Theresa

Kelly Rasmussen said...

what a great area to keep everything organized! and i'm a big husker fan, so i couldn't help but notice the sign. probably not too many husker fans in oklahoma. ;)

Shorty said...

Much better. You did a great job.

Julie said...

Looks great! Very well organized and easy for the kiddos to know where to put things. Job well done!

emily hope said...

love, love, love! organizing is one of my favorite things :) I was just working on our laundry room/coat closet last night. but now I'm getting ideas about the garage - thanks for the inspiration!

Meghan Rickard said...

Oh my goodness, SO much better! Great inspiration!

Simply LKJ said...

Love it! We did something similar in our garage as well since we too didn't have a mudroom.

Krisi and Adam said...

This looks amazing now. Good to see our garage is not the only one to need a makeover! Thanks for sharing.

Julie S. said...

Love it! Love the Nebraska sign even more! :)

Cozyflier said...

Super Job! I think we moms of 4 could all use this!!

Cari said...

Thanks for inspiring me today. Great before and after pictures!

darcie said...

um, that sort of looks like blood on the wall???

What an inspiration this photo is...
I'm going to see if I can replicate something like this in our garage!!
What a GREAT idea!

erin said...

oh gosh, it kinda does!

I think it's mud from the fishing stuff?

nancy l. said...

Very, very cool!! Sigh....I dream of being that organized someday. : )

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

It looks awesome! Great job :)

mandiegirl said...

Looks great!!

Stacy said...

Hi Erin,
So nice to meet you! I don't think I've commented before. Love the redo! Way to go. It looks awesome and I love your idea of having a clothes bin for the dirty sports clothes. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing it.

Blessings,
Stacy

Stacy said...

Hi Erin,
So nice to meet you! I don't think I've commented before. Love the redo! Way to go. It looks awesome and I love your idea of having a clothes bin for the dirty sports clothes. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing it.

Blessings,
Stacy

mama k said...

Wow!! That looks wonderful!! I love organization! I know that makes you feel so good :) Great accomplishment. And inspiring... :)

Kara K said...

I do so enjoy an organized garage!! Glad to see that your Husker sign is properly hung as well...Go Big Red!!

Amy K said...

It looks fantastic! I love nothing better than organizing areas of my home.

Alisha said...

Love the store sign...it is wonderful!


That spot in your garage has been turned into a perfect space.

Hillcrest Acres said...

Great space. Love the Husker sign!!!! GO BIG RED!

Molly said...

Wow, this looks great! What a neat idea. Especially if you don't have an actual space for the mudroom. I hope to use this idea in our new house. Plenty of room in the garage! Thanks.