Mudroom seating and organization

My mudroom  has been a process!

It has been interrupted by holidays, events, and quite frankly a lack of motivation.

The Mudroom seating and organization in the old new closet was finally finished this weekend …

Let me go back in time …

A time when there was a hall closet.

That opened into the hallway.

That made it impassable if it was open and there were others standing in the hall,

Or if there were shoes kicked off and now laying in the way.

Usually, my shoes.

There has to be a better way to make this space work for my family (Mr Man, Me, and Paxton,our dog) Here was my mudroom closet in all it’s glory.

The first step, was to take everything out of the closet and take off the door.

Taking things apart always goes quickly and is part of the fun for me.

I removed all the wood trim but wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to proceed with the framing.

I had to “ponder”.

I tend to “ponder” a lot!

I measured the width of my closet and found a bench that fit EXACTLY.

It fit so well that I had to assemble it in the closet!

(Notice that the closet has been painted and tiled)

This bench came with canvas baskets to store winter gear.

Perfect for us here in Minnesota!

I love packages delivered to my door.

I look for great deals and free shipping and then wait for them to arrive, and Mr Man does not tell me when they come to the door as I love the surprise!!!

Think Christmas 🙂

This is my wall mounted cubbie with hooks. Some assembly required … again.

We needed to find a mail solution that could organize where we kept our mail and yet be out of sight.

“Mail = Privacy” in my mind.

I found this at the Container Store that works perfectly for us!

I decided to get my “Craft” on and make tags to help organize where items would be stored.

Michael’s had a 20% off entire purchase coupon and I found some fun sale items so this was an inexpensive part of the project.

For the mail slots, I stamped our names on the upper two and “ETC” on the bottom one, and then used blue cord to tie them to the wire.

(Blue is my accent color)

I chose plain tags, number stamped safety pins, and number stickers that I had on hand.

The upper baskets are numbered 1, 2, and 3.

I used the same plain tags for the lower baskets, but I chose to stamp the names of the items that would be stored in them, and tied them with the blue cord I used on the mail labels.

I love to hang my clothes when they are just damp to eliminate wrinkles.

I do NOT like to iron and neither does Mr Man.

Hiding the clothes rod above the opening was the perfect place and the hangers can be tucked back and out of sight.

Sitting on the Mudroom bench and looking up … this is what I see 🙂

On laundry day, this is what you will see.

(Mr Man’s shirts)

I love this system!

And oh, look! I finished off the opening of the Mudroom seating area …

Home Goods is an amazing store that I love! Love, Love, Love it!!!!

I went shopping this past weekend and found these great pillows that fit as if I had made them for the space.

Thank goodness I didn’t have too.

And …. they were the perfect shade of blue to match!

(Sadly, no coupon but worth every penny I paid!)

1. I love how this turned out because it fits what Mr Man and I need.

2. Mr Man loves how this turned out because he sees the finish line is in sight. (Hee Hee)

The inside is done except for the baseboards.

Next weekend!

Beginning to end

More work on the mudroom but almost done!

Will be sharing more soon.

Hope this finds you having a great day,

P.S. You can read more about the Mudroom/Laundry Room here:

Laying a tile floor in the Mudroom/Laundry Room

Laying cement board before tiling Mudroom/Laundry Room Floor

Demolition of our Mudroom/Laundry Room floor

32 Responses to "Mudroom seating and organization"

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  1. debbiedoos

    February 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    This is so darn clever and cut Bj! I really love how it turned out. Such cute little touches too.

  2. Anne

    February 20, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Awesome job, but where on earth are you putting all the clothes you’re turfing out of your closets???!


    Have a happy day!

  3. Inspire Me Heather

    February 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Oh, nice job on your closet/mudroom makeover – that looks beautiful!

  4. Kathy (Sis)

    February 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    As usual I love it !! Love the baskets and pillows too !!

  5. Sandra Harriette

    February 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    How innovative: turning a closet storage space into simultaneous seating. That’s the kind of design I want for my house too.

  6. Joy2Journey

    February 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Thank you! It has been a fun process (in segments LOL) I am almost done with this space!!!! Yay

  7. Joy2Journey

    February 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    I love the word “turfing” … must be a Canadian term 🙂 I still have the space to put scarves, hats and gloves in the cubbies. I can hang coats that we use most days on the hooks, and we still have room for the shoes on the rug in the hall. It is just amazing and I am loving it!

  8. Joy2Journey

    February 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Thank you! You know how great it is to get words of affirmation on our work. I so appreciate it. Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

  9. Joy2Journey

    February 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    You have got to be my biggest fan. I appreciate the support! 🙂
    Hugs sis

  10. Joy2Journey

    February 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Thank you Sandra, what a nice compliment! Hugs

  11. Bliss

    February 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Another winning transformation Joy!


  12. DeeDee

    February 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    What a great transformation! I love all your handmade tags too! So cute! 🙂

  13. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    February 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    That repurpose of space is so smart and stylish! Love the canvas bins underneath!!

  14. Joy2Journey

    February 23, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Thank you Miss Bliss!

  15. Julie

    February 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I think we are on the same wave length. You wont believe this, but Rick & I are doing our plans for the laundry room closet makeover today. A lot of the same as what you did. I love that hidden pole idea. I’m so glad I saw it on here! Yours looks great and has inspired me even more! It’s my next “big” post so it will be a while, but I can’t wait. The noisy bifold doors have been driving me crazy. Thanks for your kind words about the blog bulge. You always look so pretty! XXOO

  16. Joy2Journey

    February 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    LOL, Thank you for the kind words but I have some blogging lbs now. I am thinking of a new way to do both … Hmmm.

    I can’t wait to see your laundry room closet. I LOVE mine and am so glad that I did it!!! You and Rick will love yours I am sure!

  17. Thistle

    February 25, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    What a clever idea to hide the hangers? What a great ideas to organize everything!


  18. Joy2Journey

    February 25, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Thank you Karianne. I wanted the clothes rod but didn’t want it or the hangers to show. It works great!!!!
    Hugs and have a great night!

  19. Bobbie

    February 28, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Thanks so much for adding your link to Check Me Out Saturday Craft link party at A Vision to Remember. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your link. Go to to check it out. Thanks again!

  20. ngnrdgrl

    March 2, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    What a great transformation! I’m in love with mudrooms and love the closet turned mud room. Pinning this to my mudroom board. Thanks for the share!

  21. Joy2Journey

    March 3, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Thank you so much for the feature. How very sweet of you. Hugs

  22. Joy2Journey

    March 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    So glad that you liked it! Thanks for the pin 🙂

  23. Anne

    March 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Where did you find the bench at? I have been searching for something exactly like this, but haven’t found anything until your post! Love it!

  24. Joy2Journey

    March 5, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    I got it at Hayneedle. They had my top cubbies too. They have free shipping and almost always have $ off savings.

  25. Evelyn @ My Turn for us

    March 5, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    I just pinned this and posted it on Facebook! Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop and thank you for being one of my Five Faves!!

    Have a awesome day!

  26. Joy2Journey

    March 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Thank you Evelyn for choosing my mudroom seating for your fave! It is an honor!! Sorry about the late thank you … we have been digging out from a BIG snowstorm here in Minnesota and I have been working full days. Hugs and thank you again!

  27. mary

    March 23, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    this is great and so cute… where do you put shoes and coats now?

  28. Joy2Journey

    March 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Sorry about the late response … I am on vacation in Missouri. It is so yucky outside today … I am catching up on the blog and email. The most used coats are hung on hooks inside the mudroom nook and we have other closets to hang the extras. The shoes are on a double tiered shoe stand. I will have to show a picture of that! Great questions!
    Have a great day!

  29. Melissa

    June 30, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I love how yours turned out! We are in the process of completing ours for our front hallway closet! LOVE LOVE yours!!!

  30. Joy2Journey

    June 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    I would love to see how your front hallway looks when you are done! Maybe do a feature of yours? Let me know, I would love to share some bloggy love!
    Happy 4th!

  31. At Rivercrest Cottage

    July 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    you did a fantastic job. truly made such a big difference.

  32. Joy2Journey

    July 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Thank you! It was a fun change and I am really liking the organization!
    Hope you had a great weekend.

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