By Gladiator contributor Brian B.: Gladiator engineer, outdoor enthusiast
From playing baseball and swimming in the pool to spending summer nights in our camper, my family seizes every opportunity to go adventuring outdoors. We try to explore every option we can, so deciding which activity to plan next can be a challenge! But when we’re not outside, we want to make sure our home base is organized in a way that lets us head out the door to our next adventure quickly and efficiently.
Beyond outdoor equipment, our everyday supplies continue to grow. Our small mudroom doubles as our laundry room, which means we have a very limited area to organize over a decade’s worth of gear. As our family grew, we made small adjustments to keep up…but with two kids in school, the book bags, work backpacks and shoes continued to spill over. We already stacked our laundry pair, added shoe storage and installed a cabinet, but we didn’t think we had any more space to grow.
From Mudroom to Home Organization Station
In an effort to make the room more functional, we started by replacing the door with a barn door, freeing up wall space to install GearWall® Panels with an assortment of hooks, shelves and baskets. This new setup gives our everyday bags, seasonal clothing and laundry supplies a home. Small items like winter gloves, laundry detergent and even walkie-talkies stay organized and accessible for daily use.
Now we have one designated place where the kids can drop off their school items. We know exactly where we last put our bags, making our mornings a little less chaotic. I already have additional GearWall® Panels for our workshop downstairs and for the garage — they’ll work great behind our Gladiator® workbench.
Installation Tip: Prep pays off in the end. Taking a few extra minutes to lay out the GearWall® Panels and locate the wall studs makes a big difference in speeding up the installation process. It also helps to make sure the drill is fully charged!