If you live like we live, things are about to get real. In the lovely Green Mountain State of Vermont, November triggers quite a few emotions. It is the sad goodbye to the vibrant foliage, colorful hillsides, and crisp sunny days of October but it is also the anticipation of bluebird powder days, cozy nights by the fire and lots of laughs and snowy adventures. In general, November is a transition month with grey, rainy days and dark mornings. November can trigger the blues.
This year I have decided that even though I can already feel my body craving more vitamin D, I’ve lived here long enough to realize that November is when things need to get done. Wood is stacked, summer clothes are put away, skis are dusted off and boots and jackets now adorn our coat rack as a bit of a permanent fixture until late Spring. In our family, winter means countless outdoor adventures; skiing several times a week, snowball fights and weekend road trips. And with the good always comes the ugly: wet coats, crusty mittens, muddy boots, and soggy duffle bags. Our house looks and smells like a ski lodge come Sunday night.
We have recently moved into a new-to-us house. And I say this because the house is 115 years old. Yep. Proud owners of a fixer upper with huge mountain views and beautiful maple trees on a dirt road surrounded by horses and friends and all things Vermont. It’s lovely, most of the time. And then it happens. I lose it. So, in an attempt to keep my clutter-free sanity this year, I am taking on a November mudroom project. My hope is to create a very user-friendly space where things have a place and gear and boots are not only easily accessible but also easy to store. I want it to be aesthetically pleasing so I find comfort when I walk in the back door and not a sense of utter chaos.
Here’s my other objective: to keep the costs to a bare minimum. We are planning to renovate our home in a few years and since the mudroom doesn’t even have a foundation, it will be completely torn down and properly rebuilt. So, knowing that, I need to put a few “pretty Band-Aids” on it to get me through the next few winters. Join me as I start this project. I’ll keep you posted with pictures and updates along the way. For now, here are the before pictures: