Our mud room/office area continuously turned into a dumping ground for all of the stuff we didn’t know where else to put it. Then I would get annoyed, clean it up, and within a matter of a few weeks it would turn into a disaster again. Something needed to be done to stop the crazy messy cycle. I decided that in order to do that, I would need to rearrange the space to make it more functional for our purposes of being both a mud room and an office space.
I felt I needed to designate specific areas of the space to a specific need such as a designated office space, my craft space and an area for our mud room essentials like hats, gloves and car keys.
I began by deciding that the area by the door should remain the mud room portion as that makes the most sense to have jackets, coats, car keys, etc. I also needed space for my husbands work bag, sports bag and diaper bag. I felt that moving the shoe cabinet to the adjacent wall and adding some larger hooks for the bags might help.
After much discussion, we decided that it would be helpful to swap my craft table and the desk as my craft table was turning into a big dumping ground for everything from returns to sports equipment.
Once that was moved, we placed the corner TV stand near the craft table to house the TV and other miscellaneous items that we needed near the car but didn’t exactly fit into any of the other spaces.
Lastly, I reorganized all of my craft supplies as they were on the ladder shelves, which did not more. We kept office supplies on the ladder shelves for easier access and less clutter in the desk seeing as there was very little storage space.
I added some crafty touches to the room by creating a map of the places we have been to as a family. I found this fantastic, colorful map from Katrina at HappyPlaceArt on Etsy. I added cork board behind it so the push-pins can go in the states we have been to. We also painted the garage door in chalkboard paint from Benjamin Moore. I found chalkboard markers from Michaels that I use to write on the door for a more interesting effect.
There were a few random items that did not have a “home” and those items either went somewhere else like the attic as we didn’t need it right now but couldn’t get rid of it, or we donated or sold items that had been sitting in this space for months but hadn’t been dealt with.
Now I can say I am truly happy with the space as it is functioning as we had hoped for! Everything has a place and there is very little clutter that stays in this space for long! I also found a cute basket from Target to store any returns/exchanges we may have so they are not taking up space on my craft table or the desk. This has been a huge life-saver for us as we always seem to have something to return/exchange!
Fantastic Map From Katrina at Happy Place Art on Etsy