…We’ve Got Mudrooms.

May is National Home Improvement Month and we’ve got some advice to help you get started sprucing up your home. Before you know it, it will be summer, and maybe one of your top home improvement goals is to spend less time on routine home maintenance, and more time doing something fun with your family.

Where should you start? If the rain showers that come in the spring have also brought more mud into your home, let’s start there. A mudroom!


The Mud Stops Here

This is the time of year when families really get busy. And what better time than now to set up a place just inside the back door or the door from the garage to handle the jackets, sports equipment, backpacks, and of course muddy shoes. The mudroom is becoming a staple in homes, and once you have one you’ll find that keeping your home clean and organized just got a lot easier.

Mudroom by Merrill Contractin

The area can include a locker-style unit for each family member, coat hooks, cubbies, bins, and a bench. Don’t forget a space for shoes, boots and soccer cleats. Add an umbrella stand and maybe a mirror for good measure. And the floor needs to be easy-to-clean and not get damaged by a pile of wet clothes that just *might* end up on the floor. Tile is what’s called for here.

Drop It!

First thing when you come through the door, what do you look for? A place to put down whatever you’re carrying: bags, keys, sunglasses, dog leash, or your travel mug. That’s why today’s mudrooms are often combined with a “drop zone” that has a table or small chest, some shelves, and even a basket to drop the mail for sorting.

Mudroom by Merrill Contracting

Stopping Dirt in its Tracks

The closer the mudroom is to the laundry room, the better. So if you have enough space, it’s a great timesaver to have them together in a utility room. No more dragging that dirty softball or soccer uniform all through the house. The best new idea we’ve seen in a long time is a pet-washing station in the utility room where you can hose off and dry Max before he leaves muddy paw prints all over the house. The tiled mini-shower and handheld showerhead designed for the pup are great for washing off muddy kids too!

A mudroom will make your life so much easier, we promise! Happy Home Improvement Month!