Transform a stretch of blank wall space into a mini mudroom by tricking it out with smart storage pieces.
mud room organization
Photography by David A. Land
| Credit: Photography by David A. Land

1. Boxed In

Keep hats, garden gear, and extra blankets handy in cubbies. If the cost of custom is a deal breaker, install a shelf with compartments.   

2. Hang it All

Instead of mounting hooks in a straight line, stagger them so there's plenty of space for jackets, bags, and pet leashes. Consider setting off this area with a fun wall treatment using paint or shiplap, as shown here.     

3. Proper Perch

No budget for built-in benches? Try an off-the-shelf option that's upholstered and the right height for putting on shoes. Wire baskets work as storage under the seat.     

4. Bins for the Win

Assign each family member a basket for sneakers, toys, and other items needed when walking out the door. Once a week, ask (order?) everyone to return overflow to its place.    

5. Stand Tall

An umbrella holder can store much more than umbrellas: Yoga mats, baseball bats, and anything else that doesn't fit beneath your bench has a home here.