As summer days wane and September rolls in, we’re starting to see the signs of fall around us. Temperatures are dropping, the sun is setting a little earlier, and the leaves are starting to embrace their autumnal hues. But even though fall has only just begun, the season never lasts too long and before we know it, winter will be upon us.
That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare the space in the house that sees the most damaging effects of wintry weather now before it’s a lost cause—the mudroom. Take these steps to winterize your mudroom before the fall chill turns into a winter freeze!
1) Clear out items you won’t need for the season.
Space in the mudroom is limited—some would even dare to say sacred. Do yourself a favor and relocate what you won’t need until next year somewhere else, so you can stay better organized with your winter items. Spring, summer, and eventually fall items like sandals and thinner jackets can be stowed away in the garage, attic, or basement until they’re needed again.
2) Bump up your storage.
Once you’ve made some room, get ahead of the mess that winter always brings by making sure you have ample storage space. If you need them, bring in extra cubbies, bins, coat hooks or racks, and other storage solutions to prepare for the winter essentials you’ll need to keep in your mudroom. This will help you keep track of those winter hats, gloves, and scarves you always seem to lose each year.
3) Protect the floor.
This is the time of year when you start to track more leaves, mud, and eventually snow, ice, and salt into your home. Help keep the mud in the mudroom by placing mats down on both sides of the door for wiping and drying your shoes. If you don’t already have one, add a shoe rack or boot tray to contain the mess while your items dry.
4) Stash a few cleaning supplies.
Having a few essential cleaning supplies at the ready will help you mop up mudroom messes quickly and prevent them from tracking through to the rest of the house. Save a little corner for a broom, mop, vacuum if you have carpet, a few old towels, and other cleaning tools to keep things tidy. If you have the space, a small wastebasket isn’t a bad addition either.
When you’re on the run in and out of the house all the time, you don’t always have the time to stop and reorganize your mudroom. Let Chicago Closets & Cabinetry step in and help with a mudroom organization system customized to your family’s exact needs.
Contact us today to begin your mudroom transformation before the cold sets in!