Get Organized: Mudrooms 101

The five must-have essentials for your home's utilitarian entryway

The mudroom in Kieran and Stéphane DiTullio's upstate New York home. Photographed by Ball & Albanese
The mudroom in Kieran and Stéphane DiTullio's upstate New York home. Photographed by Ball & Albanese

A place for everything and everything in its place...or so the saying goes. When it comes to the entryway's utilitarian cousin, no adage could be more true or helpful. Whether your home has a proper mudroom or you're carving out a nook in your hallway or garage for this purpose, incorporating a few key organizational elements will keep this space looking pulled together. Below, the five mudroom essentials:

Natural Linen Paige Bench: $280, World Market
Natural Linen Paige Bench: $280, World Market

1. Seating

Have you ever tried taking off your wellies without sitting down? It's not pretty. A bench takes up minimal space, seats multiple people, and generally makes for the ideal boot-removal companion.

Zinc Boot Tray and Liner: $40, Crate & Barrel
Zinc Boot Tray and Liner: $40, Crate & Barrel

2. Boot Tray

Here's a mudroom accessory that plays to that "everything in its place" truism we mentioned earlier. Plus, a textured rubber liner allows your all-weather shoes to dry quickly. 

Beach House Bins: $17-$20, The Container Store
Beach House Bins: $17-$20, The Container Store

3. Storage Bins

Pick a style and stock up. The repetition will add visual order to a space that can easily feel chaotic; and these catchalls hide the clutter that inevitably piles up in the room where everyone is coming and going.

Entryway Mirror + Hooks: $549, West Elm
Entryway Mirror + Hooks: $549, West Elm

4. Hooks

The more you have, the better. It's surprising how quickly they'll get taken up with hats, scarves, totes, etc.—even during summer months. Bonus points if you incorporate a mirror into the space. Guests will thank you for giving them a chance to mitigate any hat-head issues. 

Metallic Drip Umbrella Stand: $65, One Kings Lane
Metallic Drip Umbrella Stand: $65, One Kings Lane

5. Umbrella Stand

In addition to giving your umbrellas a pretty home, this must-have mudroom accessory will collect excess water and keep your floors dryer. 

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