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Update your mudroom for fall

Sherri Kuhn writes about raising teenagers, the perils of a clean home, wistfulness over babies, and anything else that makes her laugh (or cry) in the years between changing diapers and wearing them. With a son just starting college and...

Simple updates for the messiest room in your home

If you are lucky enough to have a mudroom, you know how messy it can get. With fall and winter looming, your mudroom traffic is just about to pick up again. Here are a few simple updates to make your mudroom really work for you.
Muddy boots
The messiest room in your home

Mudroom makeover

If you are lucky enough to have a mudroom, you know how messy it can get. With fall and winter looming, your mudroom traffic is just about to pick up again. Here are a few simple updates to make your mudroom really work for you.

Your mudroom may be the busiest room in your home. In fall and winter, wet swim trunks and sandy flip flops make way for muddy rain boots and drippy umbrellas. Help your family get the most use out of your mudroom this season — and keep the messy stuff out of sight — with these simple updates for fall.

Mudroom basics

The purpose of a mudroom is to contain the clutter and the messy clothing items we shed as we enter our homes from outdoors. Whether your mudroom is at the family cabin on the lake or in your own home, it needs to be organized and easy to clean. Having a place for everything from coats and umbrellas to boots and backpacks makes the transition from outside to inside easier. Here are some of the basics you should add to your mudroom this fall.

venetian bronze boot trayBoot tray

Got muddy boots? The easiest way to contain the wet, muddy mess from winter boots is with a boot tray. You can find them in stainless steel, copper or plastic. Make sure to place the boot tray close to the door to prevent too much tracking of mud into the room. These trays are easy to clean — simply take them outside and rinse them with the hose. You may even use a second tray for regular shoes to keep them separate. This Venetian bronze boot tray ($50) is large enough to hold several pairs of boots and contain their mess.

elfa wire basketsStore it well

In fall and winter, your mudroom will be home to countless gloves, mittens and hats. Nothing holds up the fun more than looking for a lost glove. Create a place for everything by using storage bins with open tops that are easy to access. A bin for each family member works well for some families, or you can store items by category — mittens and gloves in one, hats and scarves in another. Choose bins that are easy to clean, or you can use traditional baskets with washable liners. These elfa wire baskets come in various sizes ($12-$19) and are made of epoxy-bonded steel for easy cleaning and long life.

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Thirsty Squares rug collectionStomp on it

Especially with the wet fall and winter weather, your mudroom really needs a sturdy rug (or two). Choose a rug that is intended to stand up to water and dirt, not just a pretty indoor rug from the discount store. Your guests need a firm place to plant their feet right by the door, where a rectangular welcome mat would be perfect. You might also consider a runner that extends down the length of the room, for extra safe footing. The Thirsty Squares rug collection ($30-$75) has several sizes and shapes to choose from and is made from durable and easy-care polypropylene. Just hose it off for easy cleaning. This doormat ($20) would work well just inside your mudroom door, and it's made from durable molded rubber.

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18-inch coat hooks Hang around

With all of the coats your family and friends will be shedding as they enter your home, make sure you have enough hooks for everyone. Coat hooks come in a variety of designs and colors, but make sure you choose large hooks that will accommodate heavy winter coats. These 18-inch coat hooks ($20) are mounted on a rail for easy hanging. Add as many sets as you need in your mudroom, keeping in mind that you will need more than you think. Hang coat hooks over an area that will drain well, since wet coats will drip as they dry.

It just takes a few quick updates to get your mudroom ready for fall and winter. Get ready now, because those wet and muddy days are just around the corner.

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