Wednesday, July 3, 2013

No Mudroom? No Problem! Go Vertical!

Ok, so the title doesn't flow like it did with "No Pantry? No Problem!" but you get the idea. :-) Our home is ideal for our family, we would say that it fits all seven of us perfectly. That doesn't mean that we aren't still challenged with finding creative ways to create more space like perhaps a mudroom...when all we have to work with is a coat closet and a narrow entrance leading in from the front door. 

No Mudroom? No Problem!

Go Vertical!


We can fit an army of shoes in our closet which is great since everyone seems to own sneakers, dress shoes, flip flops times SEVEN! 

We have had to teach the kids to put their shoes away as soon as they come in the door. It is the only way to ensure that everyone stays alive (and no one trips!) :-)

I headed to Target shortly after we moved in last year and added some vertical pieces to our closet that have helped things work like a charm. These are single shoes units that you can find in the laundry section. We were able to fit 3 side by side to each other. 


We also utilized some white stack-able shoe racks that we already had by putting them into the left part of the closet. These worked great for storing things like Sam's shoes and boots which wouldn't fit in the vertical shoe holders.


The top of the closet is used for storing winter gear and holding our returns.


Not to mention a few more go to baskets that I frequent often for screw drivers, the battery charger that we use at least once a week and oh yeah, the place that I store that portable dvd player that was a life saver on our 60+ hour road trip!


We have some more storage for hanging coats & bags in our living room on a coat rack that I picked up from IKEA for $29. It works like a charm for hanging our winter coats. When guests come over there is still plenty of room in the coat closet to hang our coats so that guests have room on the coat rack or vice versa.

The shoe holder over the door is one of my favorites. We used it in our previous home to hold spices in our pantry.

Those things can be so multi-purpose!

The clothespins holding the labels on the holder over the door however are NOT my favorite. They fall off all of the time. I used to have three rows and then finally narrowed it down to two with the rest for shoes just so that I wouldn't have as many clothespins. And since now they are all towards the top we are less likely to knock them off when we open the door and five little tornadoes scramble to grab their shoes. 


I would still love to find a place for the kid's backpacks. I'm thinking of eventually adding some hooks onto a random wall outside of the closet. You do what you have to do! :-) Other than that issue our little closet for seven seems to work just great to take our no mudroom situation and create...no problem! :-)

How do you store every day coats & shoes? Do you have a hall closet, a mud room, a basket that you toss shoes in?


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13 comments:

  1. So fun! Years ago I saw your blog with your spice/shoe holder and I brought some back from the States to organize my office supplies and other miscellaneous stuff here in Niger. They are so handy! I had some colorful paper clips that I used to hold my labels on, and those babies are secure - not going anywhere! Which is good. Very good. I got it organized once, and I'm not sure there'd be enough brain power left to do it again! ;) Love reading your blog. I don't always get to comment, but I really enjoy everything!

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    1. Dani,

      You are brilliant! I think I will go switch to paper clips right now. :-) I love that you were able to implement these in Niger. You guys are awesome!

      ~Sarah

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  2. We have 6 in this house And a tiny entry way into the kitchen. Our front door is never used. But where do the shoes go? Well, mine wind up under the counter in the kitchen :( but hubby's are in a spare draw in the kitchen near the door and the kids are in the spare awkward cupboard in the kitchen that is not functional for kitchen stuff. It works pretty well for us. Coats are another story that we are still working on!

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    1. I would say that that is very creative! That is great that you have space in the kitchen that might be awkward for normal cupboard use but you could still make work for other storage.

      ~Sarah

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  3. Have you considered hooks on the back wall next to the shoes for backpacks? I mounted a few hooks around the sides of my coat closet and wow do they come in handy. I store my vacuum in the front coat closet too so I have the hooks on the back wall and in goes my dust mop and steam mop. I keep the steam mop accessories in a reusable shopping bag hung on the same hook as the mop. Helps grab all the parts when I take it for my cleaning jobs. This closet also holds extra table clothes and runners for my kitchen table hung on hangers (to limit wrinkles compaired to folding) and those hangers are hung from a hook flat against the back wall. Out of the way but handy when you need a quick change before company comes. :-) ooo last great tip I find helps a lot is I put an inexpensive doormat in the bottom of the closet. I throw winter boots in there and that way the mat comes out and is easy to clean but keeps my wood floors from getting wet spot damage. Mine happens to currently be a Christmas one I paid about 2$ for.... ah clearence racks.... affordable and easy to replace if it gets too gross. -Becca

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    1. Becca,

      I love the hook idea and all of the helpful ways that you have utilized it! Unfortunately there isn't enough room in our closet to hang backpacks and have room to cram coats in there. :-)

      Great tip on using inexpensive doormats for the bottom of the closet!

      ~Sarah

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  4. I think I would probably staple the labels on. You can remove them easier than you think. But, love all your ideas here. Patty

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  5. Wish you could see my smile now. I am going to try the in-closet rack that was meant for sweaters! Keep the great ideas coming. All the best.
    Diana

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  6. Yes!! We have the same issue at our house. We have a front entrance that has it's own door, but it is small. What I was able to do was find these metal shoe shelves from Costco that are stackable. Our entrance is wide enough that they fit very nicely in there. Right now, I have three but the beauty is I can stack them all the way to the ceiling if I need to!

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  7. We have a very long and high bar area that has a bend in it. The first side of the bar is facing the dining room table. The other side of the bar is facing the living room. When I'm washing dishes, I overlook that part. I had my hubby install those coat hook type thingies (they look like planter hooks for the ceiling, but stronger) on the side facing the living room. It's right before the main hallway to the front door. Plus, they are out of the way and you can't see them unless you look for them. Does that make any sense? I need to take some pictures of it instead of describing it. ;(

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