Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Our new home was supposed to come with a closet. I like closets and all, but I also know kids. Kids don't use closets. Kids are all about getting it done and moving on to the next, more fun thing. So when they come home from school, the last thing they want to do is go through the multi-step process of putting away their backpack and coat. With a closet, you have to :

1) Open the door.
2) Reach up and take a hanger off of the rod. (If you're tall enough)
3) Hang your coat on the hanger.
4) Reach up and hang the clothed hanger on the rod. (Again, if you're tall enough)
5) Close the door.

Five steps, assuming that you didn't knock 3 other coats off of THEIR hangers somewhere in the process.

So, I decided to simplify things by telling the builder not to bother putting the closet in.

Instead, I had a carpenter build me a mudroom. I absolutely love it! I just wish I had done it sooner!
I also wish my kids could work on:

1) Hang your coat on the hook.


  1. You are so right, too many steps is always a bad idea with kids. I love what you did, I can't wait to come and check it out. Cute post about your nephew too, looks like good genes run in your family.....8 kids??? W O W!

  2. Wish I had one of those! It's beautiful!

    Cate wants to type something for Annie: GURRTY CVA BGGJU

    Exactly what I was thinking...

  3. so perfect lydia! We have hooks for towels, backpacks, jackets etc. but yours is much much cuter! I'll come visit someday and check it out in person.

  4. I'm so jealous! My kids come home and the backpacks and shoes go flying every which way. The next morning, inevitably Bradley can only find one shoe and every day we do it all again. Whew! I'm so ready for SUMMMER!!!! And guess's here! :-DDDD
    Your mudroom is GORGEOUS Lydia!

  5. P.S. When do I get to be invited to join the Gourmet Divas? C'mon... I have some good recipes up my sleeves.

  6. You see, I'm going to have to tell Scott to read this post. I have been trying to convince him to let me take the door off the closet because I'm sure I can come up with something better, like that. Too many steps. In the winter that is great for coats and backpacks and in the summer, it's great for wet towels and flip flops. Perfect!!

  7. that is so beautiful, one day I want to have one of those, until then the stairs will do until they go upstairs with all their stuff. I am just so glad to have my own house, remember?! haha! I didnt know you were going to see TIna and Family this summer, is she going there or vice versa? We just got back from Cali and LOVED it! We love it there! Have fun with the Ellis clan(s), wish we could see you guys too!

  8. Lydia, you are so creative! What a great way to keep things tidy!