How to Get a Cleaner Home Deephaven Pub - July 2018

Sometimes what sets you off is the pyramid of grass covered sneakers. Or the pile of wet towels used on the dog. Or snow boots melting all over the floor. Or a cacophony of scarves, mittens and hats. “Stop,” you want to shout as you pick things up, sweep, and wipe. “This isn’t a locker room.”
But then you have the epiphany: Maybe not a locker room, per se’, but a mudroom.

Years ago, it wasn’t common practice to include a mudroom in a new home plan. Sometimes builders would put a laundry room near an entry, but those rooms could be cramped, with no place to sit down to put your shoes on, no place really to store and hang things. And, certainly no place to charge electronics. Those spaces no longer work for today’s family living. Whether you’re remodeling or building new, a mudroom is as important as a kitchen.

Having a mudroom will keep your house cleaner and add storage. It will also make family and friends feel more comfortable as they “recombobulate” before entering the house. And, you’ll have more time to spend with them since you’re not spending time de-cluttering the entry.

Here are five things you need for a successful space:
• Bench: Ideally this not only has room for someone to sit and put on their shoes but has storage drawers or cubbies with bins underneath.
• Hooks: Place these on the wall behind the bench to hang coats and backpacks.
• Cubbies: These can be open shelves, or for a cleaner look, store things in baskets.
• Counter Space: This is great for sorting mail or resting heavy grocery bags or a package.
• Charging station: Electronic devices clutter up every room. A dedicated space for charging and storage frees up space elsewhere, and as a bonus, you always know where to find them.

By Butch Sprenger, Owner, Destiny Homes

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