Snow can make the dirtiest street look like a Norman Rockwell scene and transform even a turnpike into a winter wonderland. Snow indoors, though? That’s a whole different story. Inside, the snow melt from you boots can wreak havoc on your floors, turning hardwood and tiled floors into a Slip ‘n Slide and light-colored rugs into unwanted Rorschach tests. Here’s how to ensure the inevitable puddles are contained and stay off your floors.
N.B.: Featured photograph by David Prince, courtesy of Kate McCann of Grey Dove Design, from Reader Rehab: A Country House Makeover Courtesy of White Paint.
1. Make a DIY pebble tray.
Here’s a solution for small-space dwellers: a rolling metal tray filled with beach stones where wet shoes can drain without making a mess. When you no longer need its services, simply roll it out of sight.
2. Repurpose a jelly roll pan.
In a pinch and in need of a boot tray right away? Relax, you have what you need in the kitchen: Simply repurpose a jelly roll pan or rimmed baking sheet to do the dirty work. The rim guarantees that the mess that melts off your boots never seeps onto the floor; just wash the pan when everything dries. See Aha! Hack: Baking Sheet as a Boot Tray for details.
3. Buy a boot tray.
L.L. Bean, Smith & Hawken (via Target), Pottery Barn, and Crate & Barrel all stock boot trays we like. Their rugged good looks would fit right in in a mudroom.
4. Consider a welly rack.
Take a page from the Brits, who know a thing or two about wet weather, and source a wooden boot rack. (Extra points for referring to it as a “welly rack.”) See 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Boot Racks for some great-looking options.
5. Try an absorbent mat.
Here’s another solution for those living in small spaces: On snowy days, put an absorbent door mat down. Once snow boots aren’t necessary anymore, simply roll up the mat and stow it away until the next storm.
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