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I can be honest… I want an awesome mudroom.  I can also be honest that I don’t need an awesome mudroom right now, but I did need to do something about the organizational mess that was our coat closet.  Life has a lot of wants vs. needs, and sometimes I can get the two confused, but luckily my hubs is very good at reminding me of the difference.  🙂  Since the awesome mudroom is low on the budget totem pole, I had finally had enough and did an impulsive closet redo…
Here’s the Mess –
In the kids’ defense they had a hard time reaching the to hang their coats, but really they were just MESSY!
Library books, cleaning supplies, camera accessories, beach towels (for snowy boots)- seriously in need of some organization!
I pulled out all the junk… it was a whole lot of junk…
I had bought these hooks for the kids bathroom, but since I had them on hand, I just decided to use them… did I mention this was impulsive? The cute, pantsless toddler is optional, but makes the project more exciting if you’re up for a challenge.
And lest you think that these DIY projects are all cute and blog-pretty… look at my hallway mid project! Cal enjoyed the umbrella for a while and it kept him from being under my feet!
Added coats and backpacks.  Yes, I have 4 kids, but only 3 are in school, so we went with those for now.
Library books in basket up top, toddler jackets and extra jackets hung, baskets for hats and gloves etc.  Impulsive project done, and one super-happy husband on hand (he’s a big fan of organization!)
You might notice that there aren’t any shoes in the closet.  We have another, non-glamorous system for that…
These are just over-the-door shoe holders that we nailed onto the studs.  Not pretty, not amazing, but really works for us and all of our shoes!
Time for a little more honesty… I did have all these great, creative ideas for how this closet could be super-cute.  Painted walls.  Vinyl kids’ names.  Coordinated hangers.  Matching Baskets.  BUT, again it came down to Want vs. Need.  I might be learning something here… 
So, I’m being patient on my pretty little mudroom, but a girl can dream…
This is just a sneak peek of the Mudroom Tour we’ll be going on tomorrow… 
Better Homes and Gardens

three boys

The comments +

  1. Rachel says:

    Loved this blog! I am a new reader, hello! I am totally learning want vs. need right now. We are going through the steps of buying our first home and I have so many plans and ideas. But for now it’s all want vs. need! (We need to put up fencing, finish the attic, purchase appliances large and small. Quickly followed by the buying of school clothes and birthday celebrations for our kids.) We need basically none of it, but I want all of it. I am going to have to try to find an inexpensive medium for a while. 🙂 Thank you for reminding me. Good read and lovely pictures.

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