A DIYer trans­forms a closet into a mud­room.

Be­hind the doors of a hall closet, a mini mud­room was wait­ing to emerge. All it took was a DIYer de­ter­mined to get her fam­ily on an or­ga­ni­za­tional track.

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A month af­ter mov­ing into her sub­ur­ban Dal­las home, Jes­sica Nick­er­son was done with daily stuff pil­ing up. She found the so­lu­tion in a closet near her garage. Af­ter re­mov­ing the closet doors, Jes­sica saw the po­ten­tial of the 3-foot­deep space; it in­stantly seemed more like a room. “There’s no rule that a closet has to stay a closet,” she says. “Your home has to work for you.”

The closet be­came a mud­room when she in­stalled a bench and book­cases.

Now Jes­sica and her hus­band can al­ways find their keys, and their two girls know where bike hel­mets and back­packs be­long. “It’s nice to have a space where there are clear-cut ex­pec­ta­tions about where things go. Stay­ing or­ga­nized feels so much more achiev­able now.”

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