The amount of stuff that comes with living in the Midwest—boots, spring jackets, winter coats, rubber boots, rain jackets (just to name a few)—well, it’s overwhelming. It’s really easy for your mudroom (or entryway) to get overwhelmed with all the clutter that comes from living in the Midwest, especially when the seasons change or kids go back to school. The good news is that there is a way to organize that stuff with just a few simple planning steps and a day (or two or three or…) of installation:
- Plan ahead. We can’t emphasize how crucial this step is to creating an organized and efficient mudroom. Ask yourself what functions you need from your mudroom. Do you need to organize your kids’ stuff? Or do you need a place for all your motorcycle gear? Organizing your papers and computer bags for work? Use every square foot you have efficiently; even small spaces can alleviate some of your storage and organization issues. Measure the area so you know what you have to work with, and take inventory of what you need space for:
- Gloves (and mittens and scarves and…).
- Backpacks/work cases.
- Hobby gear (sports, motorcycle, etc.).
- Notes, papers, mail, etc.
- Evaluate your options. Look for inspiration on the Y’s Way facebook page and other online websites. We’ve seen some very unorthodox organization solutions: buckets, wooden crates, customized furniture pieces, etc. Whatever you choose for your mudroom, make sure it’s flexible enough to fill many uses if you find you need it for something else down the road. Other options for mudroom organization include:
- Buckets or drawers.
- Shoe organizer (the pocket hanging shoe organizer is perfect for organizing gloves and mittens!).
- File drawers.
- Make a plan. Don’t worry about corners; use every square inch possible. A corner can be the ideal spot for hooks or a shoe organizer. Once you have it measured and drawn out, put it aside and think about your plan. Make changes until you have a plan you are satisfied with and is functional for the future.
- Look down. Ask yourself if your flooring can take the rigors of a mudroom. Can it take the melting snow, gravel and dirt that inevitably gets tracked in? Your beautiful shelving and furniture won’t be able to hide a worn and stained floor. What’s the best flooring for your mudroom? We’ll start with what’s not the best option. Hardwood flooring and laminate floors, though extremely durable and beautiful, is not the best fit for a mudroom. Any water (or snow) left on hardwood flooring can lead to water stains, damage and warping. That leaves you with a few other excellent choices:
- Porcelain tile. Porcelain tile is beautiful and water, odor and mildew resistant. If you’re worried about the cold feeling of this tile, you can install radiant heating underneath and enjoy toasty toes even on the coldest winter days.
- Vinyl. Some of the newest vinyl products could fool even the most hard-core hardwood admirer. Whether your preference is stone or hardwood, these tiles can mimic both styles with colors that floor everyone who enters your home. Vinyl is also durable and soil and stain resistant, perfect for the room that takes the brunt of the elements on a regular basis. If you want to see vinyl in person, head to a Y’s Way Flooring to see the different styles of vinyl flooring.
- Install and enjoy. If you need new flooring, contact Y’s Way Flooring to get your new flooring installed and ready for your new organized furniture. Hire a professional or install your shelving, hooks and other mudroom furniture yourself. Make sure you find a stud when you hang hooks; you don’t want your coats to come crashing down. Then sit back and enjoy a day without a mess of boots, shoes, mittens, computer cases and all the other clutter, and a floor that can take all the water, dirt and grime that comes with it!
It’s time to set realistic New Year’s resolutions that you can (actually) stick to. While everyone else is making plans for their new workout schedule or starting their diet, you’re looking for New Year’s resolutions that you can fulfill. Look around you. What better resolution to make than to improve the functionality or aesthetics of your home? Resolutions like:
- I will get my taxes done. The sooner you get your taxes done, the sooner you can get that tax rebate to get your carpets cleaned or replace the flooring in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom…
- I will get my carpets cleaned. Even if you have a stain that you are sure can’t be cleaned, give it a try. Call the professionals and watch them get those carpets looking like new again—saving you the cost of new carpets and removing allergens from your carpets.
- I will not worry about water damage. Are you terrified of water hitting and damaging your wood floors? Replace those wood floors with vinyl plank flooring, which looks like wood but can withstand any water that spills.
- I will get new window coverings so my toddler sleeps in. Desperate for a good night’s sleep without your early morning toddler wake-up call? Have custom blinds installed in your toddler’s room that darken the room, look great and can give you the sleep you desire.
- I will house train my puppy. The sooner you finish house training, the sooner you can have those carpets cleaned or replaced and those stains gone forever.
- I will stop ignoring that nasty hallway. If the carpeting in your hallway is stained, or the wood flooring is buckling, look into a remnant. Remnants are carpet that is left over and bargain priced. And while you can only buy what’s left on the remnant, it’s enough to replace the carpeting in your hallway, office or spare bedroom for a low price.
- I will finish my basement. Give your family another space for fun as a cold, wet Wisconsin winter sets in. Use our blog post to decide what kind of flooring works in your new basement space, and get the ball rolling on your new space.
- I will get my mudroom organized, and ready for nasty Wisconsin weather. Give your mudroom a face lift. Install new flooring that can handle sand, mud and snow.
- I will update my kitchen. Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul. Update your countertops, and install a new backsplash for a new look. Once you’ve decided on your new countertop surfaces, choose a backsplash that fits your taste—and your budget.
- I will give my wood floor a face lift. Making your wood floors look new doesn’t always mean purchasing new wood flooring. Find out if your wood floor can be refinished so it looks like new again.
Studies have shown that only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually fulfill them. Don’t be like the 92%. Head over to Y’s Way Flooring today to start researching what floor works for your project, so you can get started—and get done—with your New Year’s resolution project.
10 pounds. At least.
That’s how much sand we’ve been trying to keep out of our house because of our kids’ obsession with the sandbox. And that’s why we’re so grateful for our mudroom, which keeps the pool water, wet paws, grass clippings and, well, mud off of our hardwood flooring. It also stores and organizes all the gear, sports equipment and leashes that come with a busy family.
So what’s the best flooring for your mudroom? We’ll start with what’s not the best option. Hardwood flooring, though extremely durable and beautiful, is not the best fit for a mudroom. Any water (or snow) left on hardwood flooring can lead to damage and warping.
That leaves you with a few other excellent choices:
- Porcelain tile. It looks great. But that’s not the reason porcelain tile is an ideal candidate for your mudroom or entry way. Porcelain tile is water, odor and mildew resistant. If you’re worried about the cold feeling of this tile, you can install radiant heating underneath and enjoy toasty toes even on the coldest Wisconsin days.
- Linoleum. This flooring is budget friendly and easy to clean, perfect for any mudroom. It comes in a variety of patterns and colors, making it easy to clean and easy on the eyes.
- Vinyl. Some of the newest vinyl products could fool even the most hard-core hardwood admirer. Whether your preference is stone or hardwood, these tiles can mimic both styles with colors that floor everyone who enters your home. Vinyl is also durable and soil and stain resistant, perfect for the room that takes the brunt of the elements on a regular basis.
We can’t keep the sand out of your mudroom, but we can install flooring that can handle the sand, snow, mud and anything else that tracks into your home. Stop in or contact us for your perfect mudroom flooring match.