So we don't. Nor do we have a real entry way. Immediately in front of the main door is the staircase. Obviously, it's not ideal. The family walks inside from the garage to the kitchen 99% of the time. Then we have to walk around the corner to get to the coat closet to hang coats and put away shoes. We needed a coat area which would be convienent for children to hang their coats and backpacks.
We have a tiny walkway between the dining room and kitchen. It's where our first-floor powder room is located. It's a small space, but we recently realized that this space could solve our no-mudroom-and-tiny-closet-problem.
My husband, Derek measured and cut a 1x6 board to center it on the wall opposite the bathroom door. When we visited family over Christmas break, he took the board to Grandpa's wood shop to use a router which rounds the edges for a finished look. Once home, he primed the board and prepared it for the lovely double hooks. Next, he screwed the board to the wall and painted it. Once it was done he added the five double hooks.
small closet basic organization. The next time we focused on organizing the shoes in the small coat closet. Do you see that Little Sister, now age 3, could not hang her own coat? With our new coat hooks, she loves to hang her own coat. Big Sister and Brother can hang their backpacks and coats here.
We're all very pleased with how we're using this small space in place of a mudroom.
If you are not handy with wood and tools or if you cannot put holes in your walls to create a mudroom alternative, I would try this same thing with Command Hooks which come in a variety of finishes. We've used them on the back of bedroom doors, and they work fabulously.
Where do you hang your coats? Do you have a mudroom?
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