I’d like us all to pause and recognize that I’ve managed to finish and share this new space in just three weeks! THREE WEEKS! Well, three weeks and one year if you want to get technical. And actually, it’s not the full room since I’m still hemming and hawing over cabinet hardware and other finishing touches.
But whatever, I’ve got the Mudroom side done, and it’s glorious. In fact, angels sing when I walk in. It’s a whole chorus of them when I find backpacks actually hanging on the hooks! I’m shocked by the amount of storage and function we were able to squeeze into this little nook, and already know it’s going to make our mornings…heck, our lives…run more efficiently!
The large hooks are perfect for all sorts of bags and backpacks, and the baskets and drawers provide much needed hidden storage. And since this space is the true drop zone of the house, it was the perfect spot for a Command Center, too. Now there’s a organized bin for every person in the family…including the furry one! (Because yes, Maggie comes with paperwork, reminders and appointments, too!) And let’s not overlook that fabulous IKEA Maskros light!
I wanted to utilize the small slice of empty wall, so of course I hit up IKEA for inspiration and smart organizational pieces for everything I needed. I’m a huge fan of the KVISSLE metal wall rack, and they’re perfect for our family of five! A quick coat of paint helped the cork board blend right in, and the clock (only $13!) comes in handy for getting to school on time!
We added the narrow shelf at the last-minute, and it’s a great spot to tuck away phones and devices, along with smaller items we need to grab quickly, like pencils, sunglasses and keys. Thanks to the addition of outlets, and IKEA’s slim charging pads, we even have a charging station!
Sugarplum Tip: These wireless charging pads are pure genius, but do require a special case to work with iPhones. Fingers crossed Apple catches up with the wireless charging technology soon!!
The drawers now conceal the dog food and trash can, and the wider middle drawers are perfect for dirty shoes and sports equipment. Do you hear the angels yet?!
Bin with Flip-Top Lid (available in three sizes)
We’re still figuring out what we’ll store in the baskets, but it will likely be pool towels (this room is near the backyard), along with sunscreen, bug spray and other things we need before heading out. In the Winter, they’ll house hats and mittens, too.
Clearly this new Mudroom and Family Command Center makes me ridiculously happy!
The Laundry Room side is realllllly close, so hopefully I’ll have that for you soon. But for now, I’m going to bask in the joy of all this amazing function and organization! Do you have a dedicated Drop Zone or Command Center? Are you inspired to create one now?! It only requires a few key pieces and a little space…and of course, the desire to actually utilize it!
Photos by the darling and talented Mary Summers.
*This post is created in collaboration with IKEA. No matter my budget, IKEA always has an unbeatable selection of smart products for every living and work situation, so it was a natural fit when they asked me to be an official brand ambassador! Sing the praises of IKEA? That’s a no-brainer! Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!