Midwesterners Are Mad About Mudrooms

The mudroom is undeniably the workhorse of the home throughout the year. But when winter hits in the Midwest, this functional home feature is quickly elevated to superstar status. From corralling coats and boots to keeping winter slush outside rather than in, here are the top three reasons local builders and architects say Midwesterners love their mudrooms more than ever once Old Man Winter comes to stay:

Clutter Catcher and Organizer
During a Midwest winter, when boots, snow pants, hats and gloves can become a daily uniform, a mudroom serves the important purpose of “drop zone” for all extra outerwear. At Greenbrook at Highland Woods, a Meritus Homes community in Elgin, all homes feature an oversized mudroom off the garage, with plenty of space for individual cubbies for each member of the household, as well as bins and hooks to help with organization.

It’s a huge help to have a designated place for all that gear to be stowed and organized when everyone arrives home from school or comes in from outside, so you’re not running around looking for that misplaced glove or mitten before leaving the house the next day.