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Friday, March 9, 2012

Easy as 1, 2, 3.......I Hope

This is the reason my family needs a mudroom.


We come and go through our (basement integral) garage.  Our guests are welcomed in through our entry foyer,  but we are welcomed home through this tiny funnel of a hallway.  I did the best I could to make this little space work for us by creating a mudroom of sorts inside that hallway closet.


Unfortunately because this hallway is so narrow if the closet doors are open you can't pass through, let alone open the garage door.  So to give you a full picture of the annoying scenario that happens daily around here - imagine that we've just pulled in to the garage from school, the kids get out of the car and go through the garage door to hang up their coats/backpacks, I follow just a few minutes behind and open the garage door to whack - the kids left the closet doors open - awesome.  There are numerous versions of this scenario, but you get the picture right?  Don't even get me started on days when I have my hands full with bags and things.  I have no place to really drop things.  We desperately need a landing spot.  

So, despite the fact that I have a number of unfinished projects (ummmm......remember the February list - yeah, only part of one item on the list was fully completed) I have decided to make solving this problem my main priority.  Unorganized chaos makes me crazy, so here's the plan - it's a simple little 3 stepper!  (Insert sarcasm here.)


Sounds easy enough right?  Ha - yeah - don't answer that.  I'm actually putting this plan in motion backwards - 3, 2, 1.  I've decided to tackle the bookcase first because that will help me to clean out the hallway closet as most of what is currently in their (besides the coats) will probably end up over there.  My vision for that piece looks something like this.


So you know where I'll be chillin' this weekend.  What's happening in your world?

Speaking of organizing the chaos, Tiffany at Living Savvy is running a month long series on organization. She's asked a bunch of bloggers for their best tips!  Want to know what my best tip is?  Check it out here.

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22 comments:

  1. I'm lovin' the writing on the photos. Which program did you use for that? My blog partner needs to add that skill to our ever-growing list of techie things to learn.

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  2. i see it! i do! and it is going to look AMAZING!

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  3. Your "best" looks perfect but I understand the lack of space when the doors of the closet are open. Your plan looks promising and certainly exciting.

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  4. OH you can definitely do that and it will look incredible! I had to laugh when I saw your picture though because I thought that is our hallway in from the garage but take out the closet all together and make it into a utility room... same width and roughly the same length. I call it the utili-corridor because it contains the dryer, washer, space for laundry hamper & baskets, water softener, furnace, and hot water heater... in that order starting from the garage door to the end of the "hall"... Did I mention I HATE it? But it has to be that way as there is no other place for anything... (crawl space, no basement!) And do you know what? Between you and a couple of other ladies I've been inspired to make it less offensive, to make it a place of function and beauty! So thank you! :)

    And once again your space is going to be simply gorgeous when you finish it! (trust me I haven't seen a thing you've done so far that wasn't simply stunning!) Have a great day!

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  5. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Your ideas seem awesome so far. Have fun this weekend!

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  6. Good luck with the projects this weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing the results!

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  7. Love the plans! Can't wait to see the finished product...I know it will be gorgeous!

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  8. I love your plans for this space! Can't wait to see how it turns out! :)

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  9. Great idea to take off the doors - I think that will make the flow so much better (and your kids might hang up their stuff!) Look forward to seeing this all come together!

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  10. That is such a brilliant plan for that hallway...I feel your pain with the folding doors, we have that in our bathroom and it's *SO* frustrating/annoying! I'm sure it's going to be fabulous!

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  11. We are finishing up a similar project. Our closet is in the laundry room, which is our entry from the garage. Just taking the doors off made such a huge difference. You will be so happy with the results!

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  12. Waiting for the results! Should be good! Run a piece of wood moulding(painted) at reachable height, along the wall. Add hooks and there will be a place for coats and backpacks.

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  13. This is a fabulous plan!! Can't wait to see it all come together!!

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  14. Thanks for the encouragement! Hope I have some progress to share next week!

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  15. Oh, I can't wait to see this. Great thought with the doors. Funny. . our back door and mini mudroom doors are very tight. . . lots of "whack" awesome moments! Thanks for the button love. You rock. Come visit again soon :)

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  16. Can't wait to see how it all turns out! Removing the doors will make such a big difference!

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  17. I think taking the doors off and making it a built in landing spot is great! You can still hang something on the sides and use hooks for everything else! Can't wait to see!

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  18. We totally need a mudroom too - but I don't have a closet in the hallway to use! I'm thinking a mini coat and hat rack along with a small bench is all I can do, but we so need it. I'm tired of seeing coats, etc. draped over the chairs in the kitchen!

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  19. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Your ideas seem awesome so far.

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  20. I like the idea of removing those doors to have a better mudroom. I look forward to seeing the result of this renovation as well. By the way, is there any update on this yet? garage door Perth

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  21. Good luck with your plan, I do hope that really works, thanks.

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  22. We have the same predicament. We wanted to use or extend a part of the house to the garage that we no longer used. But Dad wanted a part of the garage for the bicycles that most of us use. Unfortunately, we have a roller type garage door and it was stuck. It required some people for roller door repairs in perth, but we all ended getting what we wanted with the renovations.

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