Despite its name, your mudroom doesn’t have to be dirty and disorganized. These eight items will help this high-traffic room or entryway stay neat and tidy.
Real Simple® 3-Cube Split-Top Bench Storage Unit
This dynamic bench is the ultimate storage solution for your mudroom. It’s equipped with three roomy cubbies for shoes and sports equipment. Seasonal extras like scarves, gloves, and hats can be neatly folded away under each seat. And, best yet, the cushioned surface makes it a comfortable place to sit and put on your shoes before running out the door.
To buy: $90, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Zinc Boot Tray With Liner
Don't want dirty shoes and muddy cleats entering your home? They can be taken off and neatly placed at the door on this galvanized iron boot tray. The rubber liner will speed up drying time and make it durable so the tray lasts through many rainy days and snowy outings.
To buy: $40, crateandbarrel.com.
Samode Fieldstone/Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug
This rug is super durable and its neutral coloring won’t compete with your nearby furniture and accessories. It's also multifunctional and can handle high traffic, too. Place it inside to add texture and function to a space or outside to catch dirt and debris on a porch before guests enter your home.
To buy: $386 (6 by 9 feet), dashandalbert.com.
Dara Umbrella Stand
Guests will be sure to leave their dripping umbrellas at the door when they are greeted with this pretty woven metal umbrella stand. The open design allows umbrellas to dry quickly and the iron construction will not rust from the moisture, making this a long-lasting piece.
To buy: $70, pier1.com.
Johnson Wall Mirror
If your mudroom is lacking square footage, try placing this circular mirror on the wall to make it feel more spacious. Hang it near the door so you can do a quick hair check before you head out for work or running errands.
To buy: $84, wayfair.com.
Perforated Metal Storage
Available in two sizes and three finishes, these metal bins are sturdy and chic. Place a couple by the door so you don’t forget to grab things that you and your family will need while you’re out—from water bottles to bike helmets to scarves.
To buy: $36, rhteen.com.
Wood and Metal Entryway Wall Storage
Loose mail, jackets, and backpacks will all have a home of their own on this rustic wall storage piece. The built-in mesh basket can corral keys and checkbooks, while the three hooks can be used to hang bulky winter coats.
To buy: $90, worldmarket.com.
Marketplace Floor Bin
Consider buying this spacious floor bin to corral loose sports equipment (think tennis balls, soccer shin guards, and baseball mitts) that tend to get discarded throughout the home. The bright accent colors will stand out to kids and remind them that they should leave their gear at the door.
To buy: $49, landofnod.com.