We’ve been in this house for almost a year now – it’s amazing how quickly it’s gone! We’ll be here for a long, long time and wanted to take things relatively slowly, finding and adding items we truly loved and not just buying things to fill the space.
The first six months or so were spent on big projects: furniture, lighting, rugs and window coverings. Things that had to be done, but that were really expensive. We took a long break over Christmas and haven’t really done much around the house in a few months.
I’m itching to get back to it!
I felt like I unpacked our boxes pretty strategically last summer, but there are still lots of rooms that ended up with stuff just crammed in and not well planned out. One of those was the mudroom. This is a really important room. It’s right off the kitchen, across from my desk space.
So I spend a ton of time in here.
We also keep the kids’ shoes, backpacks and jackets in here. The shoes are stored in the lower baskets and I love how convenient it is. We can grab them on our way out the door and they’re quick for them to put away in the evenings.
I started out using the pretty woven baskets on the bottom and they scratched up the white paint on the cubbies and kept them looking dirty all the time. We just pulled them in and out of the cubbies too much for the woven baskets to be practical.
A few months ago I switched them out for these canvas bins that I already had. I bought them a few years ago at the Container Store, but I only have two and they don’t sell them anymore.
So we’ve had mismatched baskets down there ever since. Mostly because they’re an odd size cubby, and I’ve had a hard time finding bins to fit. That’s my first action item.
-Find matching bins that fit the lower cubbies.
-Clean out the current bags/jackets/mess.
-Find new places for the bags we don’t use everyday.
-Find matching baskets for two of the upper cubbies.
-Decorate the other two uppers with pretty things.
-Label baskets and bins.
-Decide on whether or not to make a bench cushion.
-Make it colorful and fun!
We store our things that need to be returned to Target and other places up there on the top. And Brian decided this was a good spot for his hats. I don’t mind them there, but I think they need to be contained a little better. There’s a lot of junk up there that I find the kids with and stick up top to keep out of their hands – ha!
So, it’ll be a fun project – a good place to start since my next projects are our playroom with way too many toys, our master bedroom with no furniture, and a giant empty wall in the living room.
I’ll keep y’all posted on the mudroom project!
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