When I say back to school, are you ready, organized, and prepped – or are you still living out every second of summer and leaving it all to the last minute? Whether you are super organized and like things to stay that way, or less than organized and need some tips, we are discussing the importance of how a mudroom can keep you sane and organized in your home.
When Did Mudrooms Become a Part of House Design?
Historically, mudrooms originated in rural areas where roads were unpaved and muddy boots were a common sight. Usually, they were just a small vestibule off the kitchen, likely on the backside of the manor or farmhouse. It wasn’t until mid-twentieth century when the mudroom grew larger and became a dedicated space, often found today in between the garage and kitchen.
Are Mudrooms Still Needed for Most Homes Today?
Today’s mudroom is the decompression chamber of the home. Before entering a home, people decompress and remove jackets, shoes, backpacks, etc. It’s a space that requires adequate storage for these and other everyday items. It functions as a drop zone – and as the name implies it keeps the dirt and mud (literally and figuratively) tracked inside in one space not scattering throughout your home.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Mudroom
Other considerations for designing a mudroom: flooring should be hard-wearing and easy to mop. A sink for quick access water or cleaning would be ideal if space allows. Since the mudroom can be a bit of a multi-purpose room for all members of the home contemplate what other items you might want to store in here ie. mop/broom closet, or potting area for the avid gardener.