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A Mudroom Gets Made Over

Beth Ann Kempf’s 200-year-old house has no downstairs closets, so her entry hall has to work overtime. Real Simple reclaimed the spot to improve the family’s overall exit strategy. Here’s how. 

Entry room with wall hooks and shoe shelves
Bjorn Wallander
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Every Inch of Wall Space Is Put to Work

Creative Use of Hooks
Bright racks (impossible to miss) remind the kids to put away gear rather than toss or lean it. Tiny items that tend to get lost—earbuds, goggles—hang on low hooks. Underneath, wet boots have a place to dry, away from cleaner shoes. Solid shelves prevent drips below.

To buy: Wauli coatracks, $75 each, etsy.com/shop/pmcustom. Ekby Mossby stainless-steel shelves, from $20 each, ikea.com.

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