Having no mudroom causes a problem for me when I come home from a rainy walk or muddy hike with my dogs and they are caked with dirt.
If you opened our front door, you would walk right into our living room. Our house is not unique. Many classic, early 20th-century Seattle homes lack and entryway.
I am making an effort to keep my house and floors cleaner so I decided to make a visually appealing, simple mud-room type entryway right inside the door.
I also wanted to make it easier to go for walks. I was storing all of their leashes, jackets and stuff in the spare bedroom which made it feel like more of a chore to get ready for a walk. I wanted to find a cute way to store them just inside the door so they would be quick to grab on our way out.
To be honest, the area of the living room that I repurposed was a total mess. I mean, what kind of slob lives here anyway? Ha, ha.
It took me a while to make everything just how I wanted it.
I started with the porch. The porch is my first line of defense for my house against a muddy dog.
I bought a cute metal pail and put towels in it. Now when we come home all muddy, Chester and Gretel get toweled off here before they are allowed in the house.
I take off my dog’s jackets and harnesses and leave them on the porch until later if they need to go in the washing machine. If the jackets are just a little wet or dirty, I wipe the dirt off of them with the towel and take them inside.
Once Chester and Gretel are inside, I wipe my feet really good on the door mat and then again on the (new) rug just inside the door. I then take my shoes off and put them in a boot tray.
I filled the boot tray with “sea glass” I had used in my wedding table decorations so that air can circulate around the shoes and dry them faster.
I bought a his and her Love Dog Leash Hooks (UPDATE: It looks like this shop went out of business but you can find other cute leash hooks on Etsy HERE) from Etsy and put them just inside the door. I can hang the damp dog leashes there so they are dry and ready to go next time we go for a walk.
I have been trying to incorporate the things I have in storage from my Grandparents house into my house so I put my Grandma’s old small dresser in the corner (I had met with a professional organizer and she said if they are important enough to store then I should enjoy them by putting them where I can see and use them).
I put Chester and Gretel’s jackets, extra harnesses, night safety lights, my GoMotion Lite Belt, etc inside the dresser drawers. I made it more visually appealing by putting some plants and flowers on top. I also hung the sea-shell wind chime my friend gave me in the corner to at some visual “vertical height”‘ to the corner.
It’s awesome because it is “overstuffed” and the velvety material is thick to help it hold it’s shape. The stained glass Dachshund was sent to me by my awesome step-Mom on my birthday. I hung it in the window.
As it turns out, where I put the bed is exactly where the afternoon sun beam hits.
As most of you know, Chester and Gretel are not related, there is a large gap in their age, and they don’t like to touch. This “magic bed” inspired they to finally snuggle.
Ok, it’s really the sun they both covet so desperately that Chester will tolerate Gretel laying on him, but the medium bed is big enough for both of them to be in it without smushing up against each other.
Have you come up with any creative solutions to accommodate pets in your home?