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A major theme throughout our house is what I call “mess management” - hence the prep kitchen I’ve shared before. Well the mudroom serves the same purpose and is right off the back door to the yard, the door to the garage, the powder room are connected to it. My goal was to capture as much mess at the entry points before it gets tracked through the rest of the house - and the powder room with the dog wash being right there allows for not only dog rinsing, but boots, shoes, you name it to be thrown in there to be cleaned. Oh and you can’t see into the mudroom unless you are actually in it, so no matter how muddy / dirty / whatever that space gets, it stays out of sight till I can get to it. It takes up a pretty good amount of space on our main floor, but it really helps my stress level to have that nexus for everything coming and going from the house.