Friday, November 2, 2012

DIW: Cora's Garage Mudroom

Do it yourself and do it right, then you can WRITE!

Today's DIW comes to us from Cora in Michigan!

 I'll nark her out right now. Cora is my amazing sister and she has three amazing small children. With her kids, the trick is that everything has to have a place. Without that, chaos ensues. Her kids crave structure and rules as simple as "toy story toys go in the blue bucket" up to "K's coat gets THIS hook, R's coat gets THIS hook and E's coat gets THIS hook"

Here is an example of the chaos from not having coat hooks low enough for them to reach.

Not only would the kids would track their muddy boots into the house causing safety hazards, but the baby would also steal things off the floor, never to be seen again (he's a 1 year old boy, and is quite maniacal) which would cause a huge crisis when everyone would be trying to find their shoes to go to school the next day.

Cora also hated that when guests came over there was no room for them to put their items away. What's the point of having a coat closet if guests can't put their coats away?

So, commandeering part of the attached garage for a mudroom seemed like her best option. After a little bit of hard work and explaining to the kids where everyone's stuff went, she was left with this.

They got the bookshelf from a Habitat for Humanity Restore and threw a cheap rug down so no one could say the had cold toesies. Now everyone goes in and out of the garage for everything instead of through the front door. They threw up a large piece of MDF with some hooks on it (though I said a Pegboard would have worked great as well) and Ta-Da! Organization and dirty boots away from little hands.

Snaps to Sissy (Cora)!

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  1. I love it. Our coat closet is a dark mess, and I'm pondering somehow turning it into a functional little mud room. Your sister is very smart.

  2. This just works. Simple and inexpensive. It keeps the entryway of her home neat and clean. Sometimes rerouting traffic through another entrance is the perfect solution.

  3. I'm dying to make a garage mudroom too. I feel like it's the perfect place to store shoes, coats, and backpacks. GOOD JOB Cora!

  4. Nice! Garage mudroom is definitely on our to do list, too. I think it would move to the top very quickly if we lived somewhere where muddy boots were a more regular part of our lives!

  5. Hi, it's Peter (Cora's husband). In the first picture, the white doors on the right are the garage entrance and the front door. So even if you come in the front door the mud room is right there to take off coats and shoes, we didn't even have to reroute much. We also added the runner on the steps.


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