Our Messy little Secret

December 14, 2011  —  Written by Julia 

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It’s 11 days before Christmas and it seems every other blog is serving up all of the details on DIYing your own tree skirt, making ornaments, and gift guides galore.  Our simple decorations are up.  Our neighbors have been gifted.  My Christmas shopping is done and I have the itch to do a little makeover to a very neglected part of our house.  So color me crazy, but 11 days before Christmas, I think I’ll revamp our little back hallway/mudroom area.
I’m not even sure we have ever showed this space on our blog–did I mention it is neglected?  It is the hallway to the garage, basement and laundry room–right off of the family room:

It forms a nice little “L” shape to allow for a mudroom nook, but we have basically been stuffing everything we own back there.

Coats, jackets, purses, diaper bags…

hats, yoga mats, carpet remnants from Greta’s room…

… and shoes all over the ground atop a mat that was there when we moved in and any jackets that have fallen off of the 7 hooks we are currently working with.

What. A. Mess.  Today was the day that I decided I couldn’t take it any longer.  I cleared all the junk out and started making a plan for the space.

We have a small closet with a rod for hanging coats in it, so I am going to move all of our coats to the closet.  No brainer.  Because the nook is only 30 inches wide, I think that having things hanging on both sides just makes the whole space feel claustrophobic.  I have some simple plans to turn this space into a place where we can still hang a few things like bags and hats, store items like our yoga mats and still look organized.

First things first, it needs a fresh coat of paint on the walls and trim.  :)

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  1. I’m dying to see how you make this look open. It makes me feel better seeing other people’s messes. Our house is a disaster, so this little “nook” made my day. :)

    So I mailed your card yesterday. You should be getting it soon! Love yours. Love, love, love.

  2. We have an awkward nook in our kitchen (I actually talk about it here) so I totally know what you’re talking out. Ours was just kind of there for a while but we finally figured out that our bookcase fits in their perfectly. It looks so much better. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

  3. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I love seeing people’s ideas for interesting nooks :).

  4. meaganbriggs3 says:

    What a funny little nook! Kind of an awkward space just left alone. Excited to see what you decide to do!!

    PS reading “11 days before Christmas” almost gave me a heart attack!

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