Posted in Mud Room, Success Stories

Funny, It Doesn’t Look Like a Mud Room

Etienne and I decided to tackle the mud room, which doesn’t really look like one. It IS the room by the front door, but is much bigger than most of that description, even with room for a rowing machine, which wasn’t being used for exercise.

The room has a couple of closets and some shelves between them. First, her husband’s closet. Paul enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including golf, gardening, and skiing. We put related items in bins on the top shelf, “neatened” the shirts, vests and jackets, and arranged the shoes at the bottom.

A cluttered closet before we cleared it
Before
Closet clutter gone!
After

Next, we moved to the right. Several shelves held bins, including one that was overflowing, back packs, and a ski bag. Working top-to-bottom, we sorted through the two bins, setting aside some items for the trash, or to go elsewhere in the house. We left the top shelf mostly empty – a rarity! On the second shelf, the ski bag and, below it, an open bin, so the family can easily pull out items often used. Below it, another bin with less-often-used items, with some shoes on top. At the bottom, more shoes.

Shelves before we cleared their clutter
Before
Much more useful shelves with clutter cleared
After

Moving to the right again, we worked on the other closet. We pulled beach towels from the top shelf and set them aside, as they would be used soon. We placed a sports duffel bag there instead. We “neatened” the jackets hanging there and the shoes below. Easy-peasy!

A full closet
Before
Closet clutter cleared, with more room to use
After

We discussed the rowing machine across the room. It had become a storage dumping ground. Would anyone use it if it were available? While Etienne wasn’t sure, we made it more inviting. We emptied it, turned it around to face a TV on a butcher block table, and placed a fan nearby.

A rowing machine used as storage space
Before
A rowing machine now ready to be used!
After

When we were done, Etienne smiled so brightly! Success!

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Posted in Mud Room, Success Stories

Making the Mud Room More Functional

You know how it is. The mud room is a pass-through space, so it attracts items to “grab and go.” Judy and Nathaniel’s is no exception. Its shelves to the left held a variety of items, including instruction manuals for vehicles no longer owned, various dog leashes and toys, and other random stuff. Using my professional organizer’s tried-and-true method of working top-to-bottom, we cleared the shelves of obsolete information, consolidated dog stuff, tossed old gardening and chores gloves, and otherwise made the area more functional.

Part of the mud room before we cleared its clutter
Before
Some mud room clutter cleared!
After

To the right, we consolidated some sprays in plastic dispensers, and set others aside for responsible disposal. We removed old receipts and business cards from the bulletin board, and removed stuff left on the dog crate’s top.

Part of the mud room before we cleared its clutter
Before
Mud room clutter and visual noise gone!
After

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Posted in Hallway, Mud Room, Success Stories

A Mud Room and Hallway Table Ready for the Winter Season

Andrea and I devoted our second and third sessions together to the mud room, just inside the front door. We went through baskets and drawers which “house” gloves, ski goggles, biking and gardening items, and more. We rearranged boots in a low metal bookcase. We set aside a window screen, paint and related supplies for basement storage.

We tackled a big blue bin with deep cubbies, pulling winter fleece and ski clothes. Once they are washed, Andrea will hang them above, where there is plenty of room on the hanging rod. The cubbies are completely empty! Spare space is like gold. The mud room is ready to be truly functional.

BEFORE
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER

With a bit more session time left, we turned to a table in the hallway. Andrea said that it’s meant to be the space where family members can easily find and grab needed items just before heading out the door – suntan lotion (even needed on sunny winter days), bug repellent, flashlights, etc.

BEFORE
AFTER

In our next session, Andrea and I will work in her bedroom, including clearing some clothes from the closet. She’ll need the extra space to hide Christmas presents!

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