There’s a hot new room that is high on buyer’s want lists–the mud room! A mud room is a “catch-all” entry room that is very functional and can be decorated to the nines, too! Sometimes mud rooms are closed off and are separate rooms and sometimes they make a “room” out of previously dead space (like a hallway, walkway or entryway). Many houses have an existing space that could be converted to the “mud room” aesthetic. In an existing house, finding an unused space to transform into a mudroom is the most cost-effective way to get this look (and not have to remodel!). If you don’t have one (and unless you’ve got a fairly new home or are really lucky), Make One Up!
I love the functionality of the mud room. It gives a place to store all the odds and ends that wind up near the door or on the nearest table once you’ve walked in. Mud rooms are a great place to store coats and other seasonal warmth-givers, sports equipment, shoes, backpacks and purses and much more! It starts to function as a family organization center and hopefully the organization can start to spread throughout the rest of the house! Here are a few ideas for mudroom organization, too! (because we all love looking at house pics!)
Unfortunately, I am one of the sad folks who is without a mud room. Wah-wah, I know! However, I am inspired to create a place that is near the door as a “catch all” for everyone’s daily stuff. My “mud room” will be a small area by the back door. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the easy organization I can get!
Lisa E. Priest is a reforming clutter bug and a local REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or email Lisa@rentpalestine.com or at BuyPalestine.com.