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10 Mud rooms that make the most of a small space

Diane Ashoff has a background in mathematics and a keen eye for baby name trends. She lives with her husband and three children in Florida.

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

Your mud room can be so much more than a row of hooks and a pile of shoes. Check out how these folks have turned small spaces into masterpieces of organization.

1. Install floor-to-ceiling cabinetry

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

Get every inch of real estate you can on the wall behind your back door. Shelves, hooks, cubbies, cabinets are all sectioned off so each member of your family gets her own area. The wraparound bench ensures everyone has a place to sit to get shoes on and off.

2. Consider open shelving

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

Similar to the previous mud room, this area off the entryway simplifies the concept with all open shelves and baskets for various belongings.

3. Add flair with color coded built-ins

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

Narrow bookcases can be painted and turned into an organizational dream, adding a bit of whimsy to your mud room. This splash of color will definitely brighten up any rainy day.

4. Eke out some office space

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

Wall-mounted desks are perfect for small spaces, and your mud room is no exception. With a homework nook or a spot to pay bills, you can be sure backpacks and mail won't end up strewn across every room of the house.

5. Store everything out of sight

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

If you can't stand the sight of clutter, turn your entire mud room into a wall of cabinets for coats or backpacks and drawers for shoes, hats and mittens. And dog food and extra toilet paper and probably a couple of family members, because gosh, this one is spacious.

6. Clean lines inspire clean spaces

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

If this were in my house, I would need a pre-mud room room so as not to disturb this one's cleanliness. Those baskets above the eye line work great to keep loose items together and out of sight.

7. Upgrade your laundry room

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

Everyone loves a good laundry room hack, so go one further and convert part of that space into a mud room, AKA: organizational paradise. While you're at it, I wouldn't be opposed to adding padding to the bench seating for quick naps between loads of laundry.

8. Make entryway magic

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

A half wall can section off just enough space for an open mud room right inside your home's front door.

9. Give your garage extra function

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

If you don't have a mud room or the spare square footage indoors to convert into one, borrow some space from your garage. You can create a makeshift mud room for very little money with nothing more than a few shelves from the hardware store.

10. Try a hole-in-the-wall style mud room

I don't believe any of these rooms have ever seen a speck of mud

Clear out that coat closet by the front door and repurpose it as a hidden mud room. Whenever it feels a bit cluttered, just slide that door closed and you're golden. Or clean it up, I guess.

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