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Mudrooms are a must for decluttering the home

By John Kirchner September 5, 2012

If you have kids, you can tell the school year has started by the way backpacks, lunchboxes and myriad school materials pile up near the door. Kids, much like you and I, want to quickly drop their stuff and carry on with their free time upon arriving home. Can you blame them?

For this reason, mudrooms have become increasingly desirable, especially as floor plans open up. The mudroom exists to bring order and organization to the rest of the home while other rooms  exist more ambiguously in the name of versatility.

As Marcelle Fischler of the New York Times wrote last week,

“[Homebuyers] increasingly want a designated room or space with a shelf to drop keys, and hooks and cubbies for the outerwear, shoes, briefcases, backpacks and assorted sports gear that otherwise gets strewn through the house. As a result, architects, interior designers and builders are including enhanced mudrooms as entryways, usually off the garage or a side entrance, that function as a sort of organization center for the house. The mudroom not only reduces clutter coming in; it also makes it easier to grab keys or find gloves as you dash out the door.”

There is no questioning the utility of a mudroom, but it needn’t appear like a locker room, either. There are many great ways to tie a mudroom into the design profile of a home, whether through purchasing storage options pre-built or by having them custom made.

Check out this photo gallery on Houzz for some great examples of functional but stylish mudrooms.

[Photo courtesy Houzz]