Are you frustrated with the chaos that invades your home every day? Between children, pets, shopping trips and everyday routines, a garage mudroom could be the perfect solution. Learn how to create a garage drop zone that will help you stay organized forever!
Depending on the decade and the size of your home, a traditional mudroom may not be an option in your layout. However, if you have a garage, the answer is right at your fingertips. (Or should I say doorstep?)
Add form and function with a garage dirt space that the whole family can easily use. Find tips, tricks, and ideas to add that incredibly useful space to your own home – with sources that are sure to inspire you!
You know that I am such a fan of minimalism in our home designs and in everyday life. We fight with things like everyone else, but we try to approach our home calmly and relaxed because we crave simplicity.
In fact, you can read all of my tips to help you focus on the simple life. That was one of our guiding principles when we bought our cottage on the lake. We wanted a place to escape the hustle and bustle of our city life, relax and recharge your batteries.
Garage mud room
We are so happy to enjoy this home and it is the perfect size and layout for our family. It’s big enough to entertain friends and family, but small enough for realistic maintenance.
However, one of the things we were missing was a mudroom or drop zone. As we spend more time here in the summer, we struggled with organizing things like towels when drying, flip flops, life jackets, and more.
While we had some wonderful organization systems in place with our linen closet makeover (you have to click your way through and see this cute little room), there was still a bigger need. Especially when it comes to damp / wet things when we come from the lake!
This is where that simple garage sludge comes in! We turned a blank wall between the door to our kitchen and the door to the deck into a simple garage drop zone that has really changed our lives for the better.
In fact, I was surprised at how easy it is for our family between the seasons. Because while we love Table Rock Lake in the summer, we enjoy the area year round too – visit Silver Dollar City at Christmas for family memories over the holidays.
Read on to find out all the details on how to make your own garage mudroom!
The first step in this process is to evaluate your needs. Where are you fighting What do the children (or spouses) you prefer bring with you? not?
In this house we have identified some specific needs. We needed hooks to hang wet towels and life jackets in the summer, as well as a place to stash damp flip flops and water shoes.
However, in the colder months we needed a place to hang coats and boots. We don’t live here all day, but we do need the space to be efficient all year round! With that in mind, before deciding what to do, we focused on the following topics.
- Flip flops
- Life jackets
- Wet towels
- Jackets and coats
- Reusable tote bags
When we saw the items in a small list, we realized that most of the time we just needed hooks and some shoe organization. This wall was perfect! We opted for a classic peg rail hook system over a beadboard wall that adds both charm and function.
You can find all of my ideas for storing and organizing Mudroom here!
How to create a garage mudroom
Consider one of the following built-in or freestanding ideas to create the organized, efficient garage mud room of your dreams!
- Bank – Build one or add an inexpensive storage bench (sources below)
- hook – Consider a peg rail like the one we used or even pretty brass hooks like the one in our St. Louis Mudroom.
- Shoe storage – For ultimate practicality!
- shelves – Because you can never have enough shelves.
- baskets – For stowing all kinds of necessities, corral shoes, gloves, mittens or clean towels.
- Lockers – Lockers can create the cutest and most efficient storage space that also adds charm!
- cabinets – If you have the space, cabinets are wonderful in a garage mud room. Consider storage cabinets, an affordable option that comes pre-painted – like the one we used in our second level laundry room!
Garage Drop Zone questions and answers
Mudrooms are an area where people can put items like jackets, shoes, wallets, and more before entering the house. They often serve as storage bins for all kinds of items that you don’t want to clutter inside your home.
They give your home form, function and value. Mudrooms are a desirable addition to homes of any size, era, or layout!
Create one! Add shelves, cabinets, hooks, or baskets to any area inside or outside the most used entrance of your home. A dirty garage space, for example, can provide functional storage when there is no space inside the house!
Garage Mudroom Sources