Living on the top of a mountain in Vermont with 3 children, there is no shortage of outdoor gear and clothing:
- In the fall, its fleeces & jackets, soccer gear and everything back-to-school, including backpacks & lunch boxes.
- In the winter, endless amounts of mittens, hats, boots, snow pants & jackets, and all kinds of ski & snowboard equipment.
- And then, the purely Vermont, mud season with the rain boots & jackets, baseball equipment & more soccer gear.
Currently, our mud room is the first three feet of the floor right inside our kitchen door. As soon as the door is entered, everything just gets dropped. Its not put in the baskets on the floor or hung on the hooks next to the door, just dropped.
I am willing to sacrifice shelves for sanity. I might be dreaming to think that things will be hung up or put into bins in the "new" mudroom. But, at least everything will be in another room and not being tripped over as soon as you try to come into our home.
Below are photos of the original pantry. (Unfortunately, I emptied it of all the jackets, gear, & food before thinking to take the photos so you cannot see the complete chaos & inefficient use of space.)