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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Starlight, Starbright, Send Me A Mudroom Tonight!

You might remember that when school started, I had a bit of a rant- "Don't Dump Your Junk!"

Upon returning home from school each day, my kiddos were dumping backpacks, lunch boxes, instruments and shoes smack dab in the middle of our front entryway.

This might not bother some cooler, more "chill" moms. I am sooo not that mom. I would love to be ... but I'm not.

If I have to risk life and limb getting in and out of the front door, I may snap, lose it, go whackadoodle.

We all know the truth behind "Mama ain't happy, Ain't nobody happy."

                                                                My dream mudroom.

I decided that I would reroute our entry routine to the backdoor. There isn't a "mudroom" per say. There is a small entry with just enough space for a bench.

I am willing to put up with the heap of crap supplies if they are hidden away in the back of the house.

When my father arrived for a visit and some R & R, he was assaulted greeted with the usual "project list!"

Top Priority went to the "Dump Your Junk" entryway. For the sake of my mental health. For the love of all things holy. Please, Daddy- MAKE.IT.STOP.

When my pops does a project, there will be a lot of swearing and heavy sighing and head shaking and mumbling like the father in A Christmas Story. (Remember  "you're killing the #@$%-ing hostas!"?)

Being a strong believer in avoidance and denial, I left for work and delivered the small people to school.

Here is the scoop in pictures, which spares you the profanity.

Step one- My pops cut some leftover crown molding to fit my small space.
Step two- He attached my IKEA hooks.

I wound up removing the ribbons on the picture frames- too fussy for me.
 Step three- all mothers will know the importance of "reserved seating"- each person gets a designated hook to avoid the battle of which special hook belongs to which special child.
I added a "stuff" container underneath for each kiddo.

A silly picture for each kiddo.
Room for Mommy's hat.

24 hours later, reality hit.

Stay tuned for "HouseTalkN's Top Entryways"- coming this week.

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  1. Love it! The photos are such a fun touch! And the pillows - swoon - but I'm pretty sure your boys will use them to whack each other like mine do, and I end up tripping on them and cursing like Ralphie, minus the soap. ;)

    xoxo michele

  2. It's gorgeous, Kerry! I love the cute kid photos and the pillow fabrics. I, too wish I was the chill mom who could let things like shoes, backpacks and skateboards in the foyer not bother me, but I'm not.

    It's funny, but for some reason I always thought that as my kids grew up, I'd have less of their "stuff" spread around the house, but no that hasn't happened!

    You'll have to give me your tips and tricks for getting your kiddos to actually hang up their things!

  3. Fantastic Mud Room to copy!
    Really like every detail of it.

    Your room turned out fantastic!

    Happy times ahead of you.
    God bless,

  4. Thank God for Dads who will show up to " SAVE THE DAY" or make a mud room!!!!! It looks fabulous. My kids are grown and gone but I remember those days. I was NOT a chillin Mom either:):) XO, Pinky

  5. Gorgeous mudroom! What a nice Dad you have. New follower. Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a kind word.

  6. Your blog is interesting, has left a great impression.
    Best wishes

  7. What a lovely mudroom. The framed pics look so cute :)

  8. great job, I would love something like this in my house!

  9. love this but the silly pics are the topper! well done!


  10. noce job... the silly pic of each kid is brilliant and fun.

    Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

  11. Drool! Yep, that pretty much sums it up! :)

  12. What an awesome makeover! I would love for you to come link at

  13. Gorgeous mudroom and I love the pictures!

  14. I think you (and your dad) did a great job with what space you had!

    Hey, I don't know why you all want to be the kind of mom who doesn't care if the kids leave stuff all over the place- if you don't train them to pick up after themselves, who will? That's an important part of the mom job! So be proud, moms!

  15. Hopping over from Amanda's! Great transformation. I would love to have a space like that for backpacks and such.

  16. Love this idea! Please, please, please come to my house and give me ideas for a make over. I get overwhelmed and worry about changing something then not liking it so I live with it just the way it was when we moved in.


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