We have a little mudroom between our garage and kitchen. It’s our main entrance into the house. Since we moved into this house (1-1/2 years ago), I have dreamed about filling it with gorgeous lockers and cabinets to hide all of our junk. I am head over heels in love with Just a Girl’s gorgeous mudroom.
I’ve even gone so far as to pick out some awesome cabinet plans at Knock Off Wood and The Hubster is totally on-board with doing this ourselves. But we don’t have time right now. And it’s going to be a while before we do.
So most of the time, our little mudroom looks like this:
Shoes, coats and backpacks on the floor. all. the. time. It makes me crazy! I cringe every time I walk through the room…which is about 50 times a day. And I carp on the kids constantly. “Pick up your coats! Put away your shoes!” But the truth is, there’s not a good place to put away those coats…at least not that the kids can reach.
Last week, I’d finally had enough. If I couldn’t have a glorious mudroom right now, I could have a Good Enough Mudroom.
A $12.00 shoe organizer from Lowes. Is it perfect and beautiful? Nope. Is it functional and good enough? Absolutely. And there’s that little stool. Perfect for holding little (and big) hineys while they take off their boots.
The copper baskets are from Lowes too. They hold wet hats and gloves just fine. And they’re hung up with 3M Command Hooks so I can take them down in the summer. But they look kind of cute, so they’ll probably stay.
And a little mirror so I can check for lipstick on the teeth or hanging chads on my way out the door. Totally not necessary, but I like it.
The coat racks are hung at kid AND adult-level to keep coats, backpacks and scarves off the floor. I’m thinking that some of these ideas could be incorporated into an entry way/foyer if you don’t have a mudroom.
I am now head-over-heels in love with my Good Enough Mudroom. It’s not as beautiful as I would like but it’s super functional. And that’s what I need right now and I spent less than $50 on it. I’ll keep dreaming and someday (maybe when the basement is done), I’ll get my gorgeous mudroom. In the meantime, Good Enough is good enough.
What about you? Is there something in your house that makes you crazy? Are you waiting for the perfect solution when Good Enough could be good enough?
If you want to keep dreaming with me, check out these inspiring mudrooms:
Board and Batten Entryway @ Frugal Home Design
Wicked Awesome Mini-Mudroom @ The Shabby Nest (Is there anyone on earth who hasn’t seen this bit of awesomeness yet?)
The Dream Mudroom @ Just Beachy
Mudroom Organization for Less than $50 @ Finding Fabulous