Making Up a Mud Room: if you’ve got it, flaunt it; if you don’t, fake it!

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There’s a hot new room that is high on buyer’s want lists–the mud room! A mud room is a “catch-all” entry room that is very functional and can be decorated to the nines, too!  Sometimes mud rooms are closed off and are separate rooms and sometimes they make a “room” out of previously dead space (like a hallway, walkway or entryway).  Many houses have an existing space that could be converted to the “mud room” aesthetic.  In an existing house, finding an unused space to transform into a mudroom is the most cost-effective way to get this look (and not have to remodel!).  If you don’t have one (and unless you’ve got a fairly new home or are really lucky), Make One Up!

Checkout this large custom mudroom!  Definitely not typical in Palestine, but hey, we can dream!                                                  Image by: Norwalk Home Builders Wright Building Company

This makes great use into otherwise “dead space” by making a hallway into a mud room! Image by Traverse City General Contractors MAC Custom Homes

Great use of space and fantastic way to organize the “daily clutter” of real life while still keeping it “cool!” Image by Salt Lake City General Contractors Upland Development, Inc.












I love the functionality of the mud room. It gives a place to store all the odds and ends that wind up near the door or on the nearest table once you’ve walked in.  Mud rooms are a great place to store coats and other seasonal warmth-givers, sports equipment, shoes, backpacks and purses and much more!  It starts to function as a family organization center and hopefully the organization can start to spread throughout the rest of the house!  Here are a few ideas for mudroom organization, too! (because we all love looking at house pics!)



Fantastic organization and electronics charging station in this 1970s Ranch Style Remodel by Talented Artist Sarah Greenman

Love the idea of having a separate “locker” for each family member and color coding it! Fun and functional design by KannCept Design, Inc.

Wow! A Mudroom out of thin air! This is a prime example of making a “mud room” out of that wasted space! FANTASTIC design by Closets & Blinds

Unfortunately, I am one of the sad folks who is without a mud room. Wah-wah, I know! However, I am inspired to create a place that is near the door as a “catch all” for everyone’s daily stuff. My “mud room” will be a small area by the back door. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take all the easy organization I can get!

Lisa E. Priest is a reforming clutter bug and a local REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or email or at