With kids it can be a real challenge to organize and store all their belongings. Between coats, shoes and school backpacks your house can become very disorganized and cluttered. A good solution to this problem is to have an area in the house to store all their belongings in an area that is close to the door and easy to access. Many homes have an area near the garage that is called a mud room. This can be a small room or hallway that has room for storage. Some house have a laundry room or utility room that can be used as a mudroom.
There are many ways to add storage to an area even if the area is small. Simply putting coat hooks on a hallway wall or along a stair way can help organize coats. To dress it up bead board can go on the wall below the hooks and a shelf can be placed above the hooks to store hats or gloves. For homes that have more room storage lockers or cubbies are a great way to store items that are used every day. They can be simple with inexpensive paint grade wood or more elaborate with doors or custom wood trim. A bench with storage shelves under it is a good way to have a place to remove shoes and store them. Lockers can be built so that each person in the house has a separate storage area. To store small things, drawers are great idea and will be a good addition to your storage space. Lockers can store shoes on the lower section, hang coats on hooks and have shelves for school supplies and outdoor clothing. Cabinets can be installed to store things out of sight.
There is a way to organize the clutter to fit any budget. A good finish carpenter can build your storage with a custom look and ideally suited to your specific needs. With a little imagination almost any area of the home can be used to store everyday items that seem to get scattered every where in the house.