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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Let's Get Organizing - The Mud Room

I'm continuing on my mission of cleaning and organizing my home room by room, all before the kids go back to school.  Today my attention turns to my mudroom.  My mudroom seems to be the hub of our home...especially in the mornings and afternoons.  It's where schedules, mail, book bags, shoes, jackets etc are all kept.
The summer has left the place a bit of a mess with piles that must be gone through.  I started by sorting the piles...garbage, to be filed, and action needed.
I also removed all the old paperwork from last year, to make room for the new.  However, even with the two cork boards you see, it seems that I have never seem to have enough space to tack up all of the papers that come home from school.  My solution...
adding some self-adhesive cork to the inside of the cabinets.
I started by cutting it to size and adhering it to the inside of each door of a double cabinet in the mudroom.  I have two kids, so one for each of them.
To avoid any confusion, I created "name tags" for each of the sides using my Silhouette machine.
Here's a close-up

Now when the papers start to come in, I'll have somewhere else to tack them up.  The best part is when I shut the doors no one will ever know.
Here's the end result of my clean-up.  It's so nice to see the countertop again.  

Hope you have a great day!

-Judy

24 comments:

laxsupermom said...

Looks terrific! We don't start for a couple of weeks, but getting organized before the papers start coming home sounds like a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

Tonya said...

Love it! Have you tried to tack anything up? I always wondered if the thumbtacks would push in easily because it looks like they are longer than the self-adhesive cork. Any insight?

Peeters Liliane said...

How funny it looks like my mudroom. Great job, looks verry nice.
Greetings,
Liliane

Jemsmom said...

That is so smart!!! I love it! I am going back and checking out your other organizational posts! I am inspired, but I am going to wait until my little one goes back to school!!! Have a great day!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Boy, I'll say one thing I don't miss is all the papers that come home with the kids from school, Judy! And then finding out 5 minutes before the bus comes that ones of those papers was supposed to be signed! Love the idea of putting the cork inside the cabinet doors.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

isn't the paper that comes into the house everyday outta control! looks great...your inspiring me!

Ivy and Elephants said...

This is so awesome. I love what you did with the adhesive cork. Okay wait, I did not even know there was such a thing. That was brilliant.

Paula

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

We're in our second week of school, and the papers have already started piling up!! Love your solution. Those name tags are adorable :)

Shelia said...

This looks great!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Terrie said...

So well organised. I will have a go also.

Sue said...

You never cease to amaze me. I love the cork boards on the inside of your cupboards!

=)

Liz said...

That is the *BEST* idea EVER...what a great way to get organized! Thank you so much for sharing! XO Liz

April @ Chronicles of a Compulsive Decorator said...

That self-adhesive cork is such a great idea!! You're doing such a nice job organizing! Thanks for the tips.

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This looks great! It's organized and it looks stunning. Being organized at home will always help your mind to organized in thinking lol...

Sara said...

We are in the process of adding on a crafting/sewing area and a laundry room. I am taking notes! Thanks for sharing :)

Mallory said...

Good idea with the cork boards. I have a closet/desk combo that needs a major overhaul.

Grandma Bonnie said...

That is great. Organization is the best way to start back to school.
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Ginger said...

Love mudrooms. Your's looks amazing. :) Would love for you to link this up to my (wow me) wednesday link party going on right now on my blog. :) (I'm a new follower, too!)

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That is awesome Judy! You mud room is soooo roomy too.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Really appreciate you linking up this fantastic post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Hope you'll continually share your creativity with us at the weekly party :)

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Looks great ... I wish I could find a time to do this on my own place.

AmieAnn said...

This looks amazing! Your before is what my countertop looks like.. and it drives my hubby crazy! Thanks so much for the inspiration.. and for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

CountryBelle said...

What a great idea for the insides of cabinets... something to think about!
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