No mud room - how to keep the kitchen tidy near the back door.
My back kitchen door is used by us as the main entrance into the house. Usually not a problem unless it's raining, snowy or muddy. It's a basic rectangular room, a good size. I am looking for a solution to what to do with the muddy boots and wet coats when we come into the room during bad weather. It would be nice to be able to kind of hide them from view without having to carry them dripping through the kitchen to the hall closet. We are generally on the lazy side and I have a hard time convincing everyone to remove dirty shoes much less put them away somewhere that is not convenient.
Boot tray by the door, compartmentalized open-front storage for slippers or house shoes, coat tree, small chest of drawers for mitts, hats, pliers and all the other stuff that seems to collect in the entryway. Put a basket on top for wet or in-use items that you don't want to mix with clean ones in the drawers.
on the side porch and everyone is supposed to take their boots off and put them on their shelf. It works in theory, but at least they get taken off in front of the shelf and I'll usually stuff them on a shelf when I come home.
My dream house will have a mud room with plenty of shelving for boots and hooks for coats and stuff.
I keep a wooden crate with a mat inside it at the front door, boots get kicked into there. It goes with the country decor and you don't see boots laying all around. I also keep a towel right there for muddy dog paws.
We have one of bluemc's racks also, a short one about waist high, and two boot trays and two peg racks all in the laundry room. Then out in the little hall is a little footstool/bench and two industrial carpets. What I did one year was line the laundry room floor in paper feedsacks and toss layers as they got disgusting, but what with the housepets coming inside the best we can do is slow down dirt transfer. I knew when we bought this place that the laundry room would never be big enough so if we ever have some extra money we might build a little heated enclosed porch on to the laundry room and set it up for shoes and wet overalls and such.
What has worked for me/us as well as can be expected...in our kitchen I was able to get some stackable bins to put right next to the door, big ones on the bottom, big enough for boots on the bottom and small enough for tools/gloves on the top. Beside them is a panel of huge coat hooks that can hold many coats or a backpack (or halter as the case may be)... http://www.shelving.com/Stackable-St...FWho7Aodk1gAWw
I buy cheap rubber backed rugs at Walmart and when they finally can't be cleaned again (I spray them off outside when weather allows, smaller ones can be washed in the washer) I throw them away and buy another one. The set of drawers closest to all this has been turned over as the junk drawers and animal supply type stuff too.
My next house has a massive mud room with a concrete floor with a sand trap drain! So tired of the kitchen as mud room!
We are putting a banquette in the corner nearest the kitchen door. Maybe I can extend the bench to the door and put some storage under it. I was thinking about a tile inlay at the back door because we will probably put wood floors in. However, I think that it will ultimately be ugly and I would regret doing it, as a mud room is one of the projects within in the 3 year horizon. I may just go with mats from Walmart.
Funny...as I too, ALWAYS wanted a 'mud room'....but personally? I've come to find, I don't WANT the mud 'indoors' . If it were me, (as it is a 'back door' not a formal entry) I'd find some wonderful old weathered piece you don't mind keeping 'outside'....(think outside the box....(hahahaha..no pun intended) as in: primitive looking from wear, but not expensive. Put a shallow cheap/fun awning over it for drip/water protection place collection of weathered hooks or old door knobs above for coats and hanging things, and use the piece and the under storage to kick boots off into...leave all the dirt outside.....step off onto a protected mat before entering....and dress up the sides/area with rustic planters / large terra cotta aged pots with perhaps some miniature evergreens for year round and plant around bottoms with annuals for color in summer.....
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If it were me, (as it is a 'back door' not a formal entry) I'd find some wonderful old weathered piece you don't mind keeping 'outside'....(think outside the box....(hahahaha..no pun intended) as in: primitive looking from wear, but not expensive. Put a shallow cheap/fun awning over it for drip/water protection place collection of weathered hooks or old door knobs above for coats and hanging things, and use the piece and the under storage to kick boots off into...leave all the dirt outside
I think it really depends on where OP lives, here in the "land of 8 months of snow and ice" leaving anything you plan on wearing again outside (even in the attached garage) doesn't work for about 4 months of the year, since you'd be sliding your feet into rock solid frozen boots, and coats would freeze instead of dry.
I do have a great hallway that is the entrance off the garage, where we have a shaker peg shelf (pegs for coats, boot trays underneath and baskets on top of the shelf for hats and gloves). My problem (thinking the shock collar might be a good idea) is that DH refuses to stick to the 4 pairs of boots limit (per person) that fits on the boot trays. Apparently he has a different pair of boots for every combination and permutation of weather and task. Tripping over the boots that overflow off the boot tray makes me crazy, especially when I get home from work at 6am and am trying to be considerate by not turning on every light in the house.
Of course, in the land of snow and ice, I also cart all my tack back and forth from home to the barn, because I can't imagine putting a frozen saddle on the horse, or putting my ar$e into a frozen saddle, even with the sheepskin cover. Good thing kidlet went away to school and allowed me to turn his old bedroom into the "indoor tackroom" (he always liked the guest room better anyway).