I will admit it…I was really looking forward to El Nino’s arrival. Not a huge fan of the rainy weather when I’m outside but I love being inside with a nice cup of tea or bowl of soup. Born and bred Southern Californian, these cooler months truly make my year. I even got myself a slick new pair of rain boots after all the hype. Alas…we have yet to have more than a few glorious hours of these heavenly showers. I had barely jumped into a handful of rain puddles before Mr. Sun came back onto the scene. But I went into full kid mode and it was so worth it…I was drenched to the bone!
When I finally went back inside, it hit me. I’m going to be tracking all this water & mud throughout my place. Now I find the repercussions to my childlike antics: cleaning up afterwards. There has to be a better way! And it hit me…my relatives back east have a little spot for all of their rain-drenched gear. They called it a mudroom. Living alone, I didn’t think I needed a whole room to drop my wet clothing, but I can’t drag all these droplets everywhere. So I decided to make myself a little area in my entry where I could have a place for everything. First stop? Pinterest of course!
I know I’ve been telling you about Pinterest for eons but I can’t help it. It. Has. Everything. And DIY mudroom preparations galore. First, I needed a coat hook. Instead of buying some fancy thing for my one coat, I decided to use a cheap hook I had in my tool box (every girl needs one!) and simply attach it to a small piece of wood I found lying around in my dad’s toolshed.
Next I needed a small bench to sit on as I remove my rain boots and soaked jeans. This one also wasn’t much of an issue. My brother broke a little bench we used as a plant stand, but it didn’t need much work so I slapped a few nails on it & it was good as new. I think this summer I may even re-sand it & paint it a prettier color. After all, I have a new mudroom…we can’t have just any old junk in it! So far I’ve racked up a total of $0…
Now I needed some storage space. My backpack is always getting soaked & I can’t just leave my rain boots in plain view for guests. This time I needed more than random scraps lying around. But in an effort to save some cash, I stopped by the dollar store nearby & picked up a few containers. Decorating them would be easy to complete the whole look. I don’t believe in using an umbrella, but I figured some of my guests may, so I also got a cute little bucket they can use to store theirs. And just like that, I have a spot for both me & future guests to leave their rainy day items. And I barely spent any cash. For as many times as it rains here, I couldn’t help but love my budget space.
I decided to dress things up a little bit by adding a colorful rug. I needed somewhere to wipe down wet feet as we enter the house so this wasn’t a huge deal. Kept it simple, but homey. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to mop my place after a party. Why I never had one before is really beyond me. Hahaha
And there it was…my new “mudroom”. Function over design, but with all the odds and ends any similar space would feature. The idea isn’t to do anything more than make it your own so it suits your needs and the needs of others in your home. Now go jump in some puddles…you’re all set for some more rainy day fun!
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