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No Mudroom, No Problem

October 11, 2017

When we built our house, we had the option of building a floor plan with a HUGE mudroom (and pantry, but the one we have now works just fine). We really agonized over this, because the floorpan also had a third car garage. At the end of the day, we really liked the layout and natural light in the floorpan that we currently have- so, with those two factors, plus saving some money & yard space (smaller home footprint), we opted for our current home and floorplan. What that meant was that we needed to get a bit creative with “drop zone”/mudroom areas.


We have never had a dedicated mudroom, so foregoing this option wasn’t earth-shattering for us. At our last house, we had the same situation, where our garage door opened right up into the house, without having even an open wall available to build a little drop zone on. We used the same solution in this house, that we did in our old one. This IKEA shoe cabinet. We get so many compliments on it and people are always shocked to find out it actually houses all of our shoes!


We swapped out all of the knobs with these cute ones from World Market. Something to keep in mind with this cabinet, is your baseboards. Ours are a bit higher than standard, so we have to put a few felt pads under the feet of the cabinet to make up for the difference!

This cabinet serves as our shoe storage portion of our “mudroom”. It’s right inside the garage door and allows all four of us to store our shoes without them being seen.

This is the other area we use and built for the girls, which you can read more about HERE. Us adults have a much less adorable version in the form of a coat closet that is between the two spaces shown in this post. This drop zone area is where they keep their backpacks, jackets and extra outerwear like hats, raincoats and gloves. They also keep their larger shoe items here, like rain and snow boots.

Despite not having a mudroom, these two areas, along with the coat closet under our stairs works just fine for us. In fact, I think it might actually be better, because I have a feeling our mudroom would always look like a tornado had just run through! These spaces being in the main part of the house, forces us to keep them more tidy!

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  1. Nicole

    October 11th, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Such a great use of space and so neat! Looks very inviting 🙂

  2. Amanda

    October 11th, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    That slim shoes storage is a great idea and I love the floral wallpaper in the girls area!

  3. cwblog

    October 12th, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks so much! It is a great piece!

  4. Stephanie

    October 14th, 2017 at 3:14 am

    You are such a smart cookie when it comes to DIY! I love all your ideas! I had to think twice when you said ‘mudroom’ In Australia we never use those terms then it clicked when I remembered I had heard it in a movie once haha! Amazing tips as always

  5. cwblog

    October 14th, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Haha! I always love to hear how your country differs from mine, it’s interesting to see how some things are different- like a hayrides!

  6. Katie

    October 14th, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I love the creative use of space! Of course, it is styled beautifully.

  7. cwblog

    October 14th, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Thank, lady!

  8. Milly

    October 15th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Mudroom…I love that. Your DIYs are always amazing. I love the use of space and no one shoes can be seen. Smart cookie

  9. cwblog

    October 18th, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you!

  10. Sarah Surman

    October 16th, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Haha I was the same as steph Chrissy! I was like…what is a mudroom! I love your gorgeous clean, crisp white look you have going on throughout your whole house! So elegant. Cool storage ideas in this post too! x

  11. cwblog

    October 18th, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    haha! Thanks!

  12. Kasually Katie

    October 17th, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I hope that someday my dream home has a mudroom, but I love your solution to not having one! That show cabinet is so perfect!

  13. cwblog

    October 18th, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    haha, me too! A mudroom is a really nice addition to a dream home. Our solution works pretty well!

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