Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No Mudroom? No Problem!

We have no mudroom because we live in a very tiny townhouse (real estate is very expensive in the DC area...) Then, I was cruising around blogland and came across the most wicked awesome idea ever at The Shabby Nest! She had a closet-turned-mini-mudroom! Even we had a closet by the front door. I decided instead of wishing, I would be inspired, and we had our own closet-turned-mini-mudroom the same afternoon!!!

As you can see by this picture,
we were putting this closet to great use...
It was very organized, and we used it on a daily basis.

Yep. That's some closet...

Now it's a Mini Mudroom!

Did you brace yourself for these after shots?

I put up some hooks across the back (yes, I used power tools!)
And I put up a handy dandy shoe organizer to hold miscellaneous stuff like
mittens, sunglasses, and just whatever!

In a rental place, I couldn't build in a bench. So I just took down the door and put an extra end table in for a "bench". Then I laid an old curtain over the bench as a "skirt" and the "cushion" is made from a beautiful pillow sham that I picked up at a rummage sale. The throw pillow came off of my daughter's bed. The shoe basket was just relocated from that mess under my phone cords. Even the hooks and shoe organizer I already had around here. Funny how I spend more time preparing to organizing than actually doing it... ;-)

The curtain that's hanging is just from the same extra set I used as the table skirt. I hung it with the help of some nails and tape. Seriously.

I still have a lot of ideas for improving my "mudroom", but this is what I managed to hack off in one afternoon (with no help from The Masked Husband!) and I'm really happy with it!

Ok, so this was some closet makeover inspiration for y'all! Remember that my closet powwow is starting March 1st, so be ready with your links! Have you reorganized any closets recently? How 'bout in the past? Dig into those archives and come here to show off your work!

More Tackle it Tuesday participants here.


Alicia said...

Wow, that looks great! Great idea!

Courtney said...

So cute! Great job!!!

michelle twitty said...

Now, thats being creative and smart with the space you have!

That Girl said...

I did this recently too and love it. We dont have a bench though.

Messy Jessy said...

Wow! What did you do with all that old "stuff"?

I am so proud of your tackle attitude!

I have been way, way too "overwhelmed" by my closet...I tackle, then stop, it tackles me back...I swear!

Here's to hoping!

Amanda said...

GREAT job! Wondefully thought out and executed!

Susie said...

What a great idea!!! Awesome tackle:-)

Tami said...

That is a really good idea. I love the idea of using the "shoe" storage bags for sunglasses and mittens - I am so borrowing that idea!

Shop Without Money Sisters said...

That is so stinkin' cute! What a great idea!

Xazmin said...

It looks fantastic! I live in a 3 bedroom average sized house w/ a basement - and I don't have a closet by the front door! In fact, all I have is a teeny, tiny coat closet in the hall!

itsahumanzoo said...

That is so cool! Great tackle!

Jen said...

Wow! It's beautiful! Looking at a closet like that just makes me want to cry! I should be cleaning out my closet right now instead of reading about other people doing it, huh?

Creative and Curious Kids!
(or should I say- Jen who is highly creative, but struggles with clutter and organization!!!)

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Cutest little mini mudroom I've ever seen! Very creative use of space. Looking forward to the closet pow wow posts. I have a couple from the past that I would love to share! How many can we link up? :)