Ug. I couldn't sleep last night! Wanna know why? Because I was thinking about my problem area (OK, so I have more than one problem area, but this is the one that bugs me the most right now).
It's our Mud/Laundry Room.
I had a helpful and inspiring conversation with J this morning about this very room, which made me want to share these pictures because:
- I'm hoping you'll have some ideas for me
- I'm so excited about the changes I already have planned, and I wanted to take some "before" pictures just in case I ever get around to an "after" post
- This is an area that lots of us struggle with, and if you struggle with how to control the inevitable chaos in your entry or mud room, just know you're not alone
Keep in mind, as you're looking at the pics, that I am the only one home right now, so most of the boots, gloves, backpacks and jackets that live in this room are currently out with their owners. (So what I'm saying is, if you're tempted to look at the pics and say, "oh, that's not so bad," really, it is. Bad.)
Under the bulletin board are 2 hooks for backpacks. There used to be 3 hooks, but one fell off and we've never replaced it. Why? Because there is a pocket door behind this wall, and nothing stays, even with anchors.
Our mop, broom, and dustpan are hung on this wall, behind the utility sink, along with umbrellas (it's raining today so most of those are out, too) and a fly swatter. I have never liked this particular hanging thing--the stuff falls off whenever I try to remove one thing, plus, if whatever you're trying to hang doesn't have a hole, it can't be hung. In WV we had something like this that gripped the handles instead of having hooks, which worked well, but I'm wondering if we can put the cleaning stuff in the closet in our entryway instead.
So what do you think? Got any suggestions for me? The major issues, as I see them, are the out of control boots and shoes, and the lack of backpack space. Pretty much everything else has a place to be (although I'm not completely happy with some of those places). I also need to get a handle on all the paper that comes into the house--some kind of sorter or mailboxes or something.
Thanks again J, for showing me your mud room and providing just the inspiration I needed to get this project going. It takes courage to show others your problem areas (especially in the aftermath of the mad morning dash to get the kids out the door to school). Have I mentioned I want to be more like you?