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Farmhouse Style Mud Room and Hall Tree Inspiration!

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Hey friends!

Ok.  You guys, I’m telling you…we MUST be better organized when the kids go back to school this year.  We are utilizing the hallway in our kids’ side of the house to create a mud room / hall tree / drop zone DIY, and my hope is that by positioning our hallway “mud room” with all the kids’ things in one place and easily accessible will do just that!  Goodness knows I don’t need anymore mornings where we’re already running late and remember at the last second Child Number Two needs a bag filled with items that each start with a different letter of the alphabet.  😳  Yeah.  THAT WAS FUN. 😩😂

Our project had to be put on pause after hubby’s work schedule was changed up unexpectedly, so, in the meantime, I thought I’d share with you some of the places I found inspiration!  If you are one of my buddies on Instagram, you might recognize some of these amazingly talented gals, and I’ll be sure to link up either their website or their IG account so you can check them out, too!

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(Megan from @txsizedhome)

For our hall tree or drop zone situation, we don’t have a ton of space.  It’s literally going to be in a hallway by our girls’ rooms, so I’m interested in ways to keep things small scale and simple.  I love how Megan used board and batten to create texture and interest without taking up much space, and the light, bright feeling in this corner of her home is just perfect.

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The brick pavers, the shiplap, the grey accent paint…I love this whole space!  While we don’t have a dedicated room for our drop zone, I do love how they used grey to make this small space totally pop, plus that sweet market basket…😍

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I was drawn to this hall tree / mud room / drop zone area once again due to it’s simplicity, but I also kind of love the slightly boho vibe, too!  That old, chippy bench, eye-catching cement tiles, and then painted brick…totally crushing on this space!

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(Katie from www.hellosweetshade.com)

Lucky me, I get to see this cute space in person just about once a week!  It belongs to my talented and beautiful friend, Katie, and she comes up with the best organization ideas for her family of five.  She has a real deal hallway organizational wall, and she’s given me so many ideas on how to better grapple with the chaos of the school year by using her tips and tricks!  And then she also set up this sweet spot for hanging bags and jackets, and her love for her family greets you right as you walk into her home.  Love. 💗

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(Jordan from @house.becomes.home)

Obsessed with those sweet little numbered utility baskets!  This adorable farmhouse mud room gave me the idea to really maximize storage from floor to ceiling when we create our rather shallow drop zone.  Since it’s in a hallway, we only have about 8-10 inches to extend outward….so utilizing every square inch of vertical storage will be key!

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(Liz Marie from www.lizmarieblog.com)

The kids’ hallway is pretty dark, so we knew we needed to add extra lighting to our DIY drop zone area.  Love the use of these vintage style barn lights to add extra light, plus I love the welcoming message.  We might even attempt to build out the shallowest of benches for tiny little bottoms to rest on while slipping on rain boots, too.  😉So much inspo in one picture!

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I never thought I’d say this, but I feel like taking a tiny break from shiplap….! 🙀  I know.  Alert the farmhouse masses!  Just kidding, although I do want to try something a little different with this project.  This classic bead board here is jazzed up with a few boho touches, and it tempts me to bring back a classic, too!  Love this space!

Hopefully this gave you all some inspiration for your next project!  Here’s to being prepared for next school year!  What about you guys?  How do you stay organized in your home, specifically with regards to kiddo school stuff?!  I need all the help I can get, apparently! Thank you so much for taking time to stop by over here, and I look forward to hearing your ideas in the comments! 🙋🏻


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  1. Nancy says:

    All really sweet, the one from house.becomes.home is my fave! Can’t wait to see what you create 🙂

  2. Kari S says:

    I love these spaces! Oh to be so organized!!😳

  3. Joni says:

    Where can I find that denin blue purse hanging from the hook, last photo? Love it!

  4. Tricia Powell says:

    My favorite is @centered by design but with the bead board back and hooks from @houseofsixinteriors. Maybe put some baskets under the bench.

  5. Deb rhoads says:

    Here is one that I pinned a long time ago. I DIYed the garage tool pegboard organization. It is similar to how she did her hallway “tree”. Here is the site: http://www.thecreativityexchange.com/2013/11/narrow-hallway-built-in-wall-mudroom-diy.html

  6. Tiffany says:

    I like the idea of cubbies, baskets and hooks for all the things! I don’t have kids but I need something like that for all my junk to appear organized 😂😂

  7. Jana says:

    Try individual baskets for each kiddo monogrammed with their initials. And have inspiring notes handy to slip into their backpacks to remind them how much they’re loved and awesome they are. My kiddos loved my secret notes they’d find.

  8. Vicky says:

    Also try a Chalkboard with each child’s name and days of the week with what they need for each day / activities etc …

  9. I just recently did a midroom space and used beadboard. I love the classic clean look of it. My favorite here is the one with the number d baskets. I also love the idea of an arrow bench and some lighting. Never thought about lighting for that area but it’s a genius idea!

  10. Mary says:

    Thanks Erin… I wonder if all of us that haven’t made the “mud/catch-all” room yet are as ready as I am. Great ideas! Ooh, when you wish you had a little ” Tabitha” in you & could just wiggle your nose, lol 😉 Um… WoW, you’re probably too young for “Bewitched”,🤣 anyhoot, I’m really enjoying everything about the blog, it’s awesome 💛

  11. Angie says:

    Excited to see the finished product!!!!

  12. lynn says:

    love the gray one by @urbanreclaim but maybe use something with a tinge of mint green/gray and would be nice to use bead board as with @houseofsixinteriors then add cube/shelves on the sides for tiny stuff and to file folders. Excited for your project, Erin!😘😘😘

  13. Gail says:

    Whatever you choose to do I know you will love having a launch pad for your littles. It’s going to make your life and theirs so much better and more relaxed once you all get accustomed to the new system. Make sure you allow room for growth as you design places for coats. Even though the current hooks need to be low enough for shorter littles, they soon grow and you want room for the hooks to be moving up as they do.

    I still use a launch pad and my two youngest are in their second year of college. It just makes life better.
    I can’t wait to see your progress.

  14. Stacey says:

    We have a space about 3 feet wide and 12 inches deep that we are wanting to make a “drop zone” mud area for our 2 boys school stuff. I knew you were doing this also, so hoped over to see what was inspiring you after searching on Pinterest tonight! I love them all! And I agree, taking advantage of all the vertical height will be KEY for us also. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Wish our house had a giant mudroom, but we will make it work and be organized once and for all 🤣🤣 Thanks for the inspo!!
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  15. Hi Erin! Did you do a post with your mudroom area after you created it? We are in the process of doing ours & was looking for some inspiration 😉

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