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Over the years, I’ve mentioned mud areas several times, and I’ve shared pictures on Instagram when I repainted the top of it last year, so when I searched my blog for a post about it, I was surprised to find I’ve never shown my mud area on the blog. I’m going to fix that little mishap right now.
My mudroom isn’t really a room, so I call it a mudroom area, but really it is a high traffic pathway. It is next to the door coming in from the garage and in between the powder room (Southern word for bathroom) and laundry room. A lot happens here, though these pictures make the area look uncommonly calm.
You know bloggers are famous for staging unrealistic photos of clean kid areas. And you guessed it, there is no way those baskets look that neat in those cubbies on a regular basis. For some reason one basket is never at the same depth as another basket and they are usually crooked with shoes hanging over the edge. I admit, I did not want the picture to look like that. And why I have to have this over-active conscience to tell you, I’ll never know.
Yes, I do have four children, but only my three girls have a basket for their shoes right here.
I chose a rug that had a lot of movement in it, because I’ve tried rugs here with solid-ish patterns and they only seemed to highlight leaves and grass. Really, I want this rug to be covered in leaves and grass, because that means it is doing it’s job of trapping it back here … I just don’t want to see it every random glance in this direction.
These are the hooks the girls are asked to put their coats and backpacks on each day after school. During the summer these usually have swim bags, purses, and other random girl things they like to hang. I like that they each have a spot that is theirs. It helps things not end up all over the place.
Across from the “fancy hooks” is this little one behind the door to the garage when it opens. My just turned three year-old and only boy does not seem to notice the difference at all and likes being the one to hang up his coat. In true three year old fashion, I am not allowed to do it for him unless he tells me to … do you have a 2-3 year old and know what I mean? He has a tiny backpack filled with a spare set of clothes for preschool, but he wears it as if it was his J-O-B. (I love him.)
Nearby this mud bench area is a small corner with a basket for girls socks (they all wear the same size), diapers and wipes, and the boy’s socks and shoes.
And while I was taking a picture of the basket, my tiny 8 year old daughter came to check off stuff from her chore checklist. I didn’t even really plan to focus on the chore lists in this area (not sure why …). I love when photos like this can happen un-staged.
Of course, this is when I realized the water was running in the bathroom and decided I should go check that out. (Can you see the light coming from the open bathroom door?)
Oh, my heart. Little guy was pulling stickers off himself and had the water running because he was ‘cleaning’ … even though water wasn’t involved in the sticker removal. I love this kid. This was my cue that the tour of the mud area was done for this day and it was back to just mom-time. (And yes, if you can’t tell, I took these photos on the same day as the dining room, which is why he is wearing the same shirt and taking stickers off his face. The stickers have been off my face for a while now.)
Do you have a mud room or a mud area? Is yours in your garage or in your house?