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    Eight Great Mudrooms

     

    Hello friends and welcome back for another post in my Interior Decor and Style series! Today’s post is also a part of the cleaning, organizing and great ideas category. As I have been giving our home a deep clean  as I have been on a major decluttering and organizing binge, and it feels so good to get things in order. I am looking for mudroom ideas and storage solutions for our front hall closet and landing area just off from the kitchen. *This post contains affiliate links.

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    Even though it isn’t a “mudroom” I can still maximize the space using creative storage options. In the future I hope to have a separate mudroom on the back of the house. Today I am sharing eight great mudrooms that I love.

     

    Via Liz Marie

    This beautiful mudroom area is full of farmhouse charm! I love the creative use of corbels for shelf brackets and the big metal tray as a shoe tray.  Make use of the vertical space in a mudroom with a few shelves for organization and decor. Faux flowers and plants like the little olive tree  or a few real houseplants make great accents in an entry way or mudroom just off from the garden.

     

     

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    Using free standing lockers, cabinets and armoires in mudrooms is a great way to organize personal belongings. If you are building a new mudroom,  fitted, bespoke furniture and cabinetry is an investment, but can be perfectly designed to fit your custom space, design style and storage needs.Finishing off a hallway with a coat rack, artwork, and trinkets on a shelf can be a simple way to create the “feeling” of a mudroom or entryway.

     

    Mudroom ideas for different spaces! Get ideas for how to design a mudroom for small spaces, laundry rooms, hallways, and more.

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    As I have been fall cleaning, boy am I ready to approach more of the Minimalists’ philosophy to design and lifestyle in general, which is to live meaningful with less. I love the simplicity of this mudroom which keeps everything neatly hidden behind closed closet doors and drawers. Walking into a cluttered mudroom can be overwhelming, but coming home to a clean welcome can be so inviting! We do have a small mud entry off our side door, and I seriously need to declutter it.

     

     

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    We are planning to redo our patio this summer and updating it with new patio furniture. I am hoping to cover a small part of the porch to serve as a mudroom entry. I dream of having a brick floor in our mudroom! 

     

     

    Cubbies and tile (although they need to all go the same direction) for the mudroom

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    Of course there are many storage tips and tricks like using baskets, crates, containers, and buckets to keep things organized and clean in a mudroom or entry way, all they while keeping the space stylish and welcoming. You can also look for multi-purpose furniture from such as an entry bench that doubles at storage.  Freshhome even has tables and chairs that double as storage.

     

     

    Make your laundry or mudroom feel organized and put-together with a fresh coat of Polar Bear and some fun baskets. Blogger Monika, of Monika Hibbs, shares her favorite tips for maximizing storage space while still keeping your home feeling fresh and stylish.

    Monika Hibbs

    Right now we have faux shiplap in our side “mud entry” but I am wanting to install real tongue and groove or beadboard soon. When I installed the shiplap I used liquid nails and a hammer and nails, but I am thinking about searching for the best cordless drill and a nail gain to help make the job go much faster this time around.

     

     

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     A mudroom is especially good if you live in a place out in the country, where people are more likely to track mud into the house. The good news is that you don’t need a lot of space for a mudroom, either. I absolutely love the addition of a “mini” shower to spray off muddy boots and dirty pet paws. After all, it isn’t called a mudroom for nothing! 

     

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    There are so many cute storage and organization items on the market these days. If you don’t have a designated space for a mudroom, remember that a simple can keep your entry a bit tidier. A small night stand or something like  bed side draws at Luxo Living can also keep things tidy and stylish in a small space.

     

     

    Laundry room entryway with gingham accent pillows, shiplap walls and a jute runner.

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    I love the idea of adding a laundry/mudroom combo onto our house, just off from a guest room. We are looking at design options for the future. There are some tricky aspects to remodeling a nearly 100 year old home, which means taking special care and safety precautions when tearing down walls to open up space. Teams like Integrity Restoration show plenty of examples on their website of how to maximize space by opening up walls and creating new spaces altogether.

     

    The Lilypad Cottage

    If you are thinking of creating a mudroom or a more organized entry, one don’t forget to declutter and clear out your wardrobe before getting started. You will want to think about how you really plan to use it to get the most out of your design. If it will be for just for coats and shoes, then you might be able to just hang a few hooks on the wall and use baskets or bins for shoes. If it will be a catch all place for sporting equipment, gym bags, muddy boots, pet supplies etc. you might need lockers or armoires to keep unsightly items organized. 

     

     

     

    I hope you have enjoyed these eight great mudroom ideas today! Do you have a mudroom or a space that you use specifically  for organizing backpacks, shoes, coats and purses? Let’s talk more about mudrooms. I love hearing from you!

    Have a great week!

    Amber

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    5 Tips for Designing a Successful Home Office

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    Hello everyone! This year with the lockdown many of us will be working from home either full-time or part-time. While I started out blogging from my comfy recliner, my business has grown and I am now in the need of a designated home office space. In addition, I will also be probably be teaching online off and on from home this year, so in the next month or so I have decided to clear the clutter in my craft room and change it into a stylish and functional home office. Here are some tips I have come across as I have been planning my home office project. *This post contains affiliate links and/or sponsored content.

     

    1. Create A Designated Workspace

     

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    The thought of working from the sofa or bed for a day or two may sound like heaven. When working from home on a long-term basis, though, you need a spot to call your office. Converting a guest room or garage to an office would be perfect. Alternatively, though, a well-organized space in the conservatory or dining room will serve you well. It’s a place to keep your possessions organized while also becoming a big mind tool. When entering this part of the home, you’ll be in work mode.

     

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    #2. Remove Distractions 

     

    When the home doubles up as your workspace, you need to separate the two aspects of your life. Therefore, eradicating daily distractions is a key issue to consider. Daily household tasks cannot stand in the way of productivity. Cleaning services, for example, are an investment to aid your work and home life.

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    Perhaps more importantly, you need family members to support your career. It’s better for them to let you get on rather than prolong your shift by bringing up unnecessary disruptions.

     

     

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    3. Focus On Comfort 

    As a worker, it’s very hard to stay productive when the surroundings are uncomfortable. First and foremost, then, you must ensure that the heating and air conditioning unit is in good health. It’s also necessary to ensure that enough natural light enters the room you’re working. Otherwise, your energy and motivation may slide. You can make the home workspace feel even better by introducing family photos and other sentimental items.

     

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    If you have the space for a comfy chair or loveseat or daybed, then take full advantage of little breaks throughout the day to stretch and relax. This will do wonders for your health and well-being.

     

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    Don’t forget that your home office doesn’t have to look like a “work” area. It can be the perfect space to play around with stylish interior design concepts. If your home is neutral overall but you want just one room with a splash of color, then paint your office a bright color and have fun with experimenting with playful decor.

     

    4. Find Extra Storage

     

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    Nothing seems to cause more stress in the work atmosphere than unorganized clutter. Unfortunately, working from home makes this a far more likely outcome. Investing in cloud storage services and paperless interactions can reduce your paper usage. Traditional filing cabinets, book cases and other types of shelving units can be used to create stylish and effecient organization.

     

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    Opting for laptops and tablets rather than bulky desktops can also help. Similarly, mounting a monitor to the wall can deliver big upgrades compared to using a standard setup.

     

     

    5. Think About Energy Usage

     

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    If your home is going to be used for business endeavors, it’s likely that your energy consumption will increase. Therefore, some of the supplies you use and a portion of your utilities may be tax deductivle. While it may be possible for some utilities to become tax-deductible, there is no excuse to waste energy, so consider eco-friendly updates like LED lighting.

     

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    Plants can also help purify the air in your office and brighten up the space overall. A greener home office is a happier and healthier office!

     

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    Do you have a designated work space or office area in your home? Are you working more from home during the pandemic? I love hearing from you, dear readers! 

     

    Thanks for visiting today!
    Amber

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    The Best Window Cleaning Tips

    Hey friends! If you are following along here regularly then you know that my husband and I are in the middle of a big kitchen renovation. Everything is mess and I noticed the other day that our windows look absolutely terrible! I plan on giving them good deep cleaning as soon as all the major dust-making part of the renovation is over. I have never been able to get my windows as clean as I would like, so I have been looking for the best window cleaning tips to make the job easier and to get our windows sparkling clean. Here are some of the tips I have found.*This post contains affiliate links and/or sponsored content.  Read more

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    Home Ownership 101: Air Conditioner Repair Cost Guide for 2020

    Hello friends and welcome back for another post in my Home Improvement 101 series. As most of the United States is experiencing an unprecented heat wave during the summer of 2020, everyone wants their  air conditioners to be in top working order. Unfortunately, it seems it is times like these that air conditioners decide to stop working!  During these kind of temperatures even the most powerful fans won’t keep your cool. This can leave you not only a literal hot mess, but unprepared financially!  *This post contains affiliate links and/or sponsored content. Read more

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    Easy and Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Greener

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    With countless households becoming more aware of their carbon footprints, there’s little wonder as to why going green has caught on over the last decade. Additionally, contrary to popular misinformation, a greener home doesn’t have to be financially burdensome or require people to make sweeping changes to their daily routines. When it comes to reducing your family’s carbon footprint, a little bit of effort and a willingness to embrace change can go a long way. Anyone interested in making their home greener on a budget should put the following pointers into practice. *This post contains affiliate links.

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    How to Save Money on Summer Electricity Bills

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    Summer is here and that means higher energy costs as we all crank up the AC to stay cool. During the summer utility bills always seem to be higher, so I have been researching ways to reduce our summer electricy bills. Here are three easy ways I have found save money on electricity bills during the summer. *This post may contain affiliate and/or sponsored links. Read more

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    Five Simple Tips For Packing Up Your Home When Moving

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    Moving to a new home is always an exciting experience! Although at times it can be a little more than stressful, buying a new house can be a wonderful way to start a new chapter with your family. When it comes to moving day there will be a lot of things running around your mind and many things to think about! It is important to plan ahead so that so moving day will be a little bit easier.  Here are five simple tips for packing up your home when moving. Read more

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