If you enter my home during any of the wet/snowy/muddy months in Wyoming, you will be instantly greeted by this:
“What is that?” you may ask?
THAT, my friends, is what it looks like when I.GIVE.UP.
Combine multiple trips to the barnyard each day, with a toddler who LOVES her mud boots, and three crazy, muddy dogs, and you get perpetual dried (or wet) mud puddles on my mudroom floor.
And yes, I rarely mop and/or sweep my mudroom.
And yes, most of our guests must walk past dried mud puddles to enter the rest of our home.
And yes, I have better things to do than mop my floors everytime I come into my house.
I figure it’s a mudroom, so let it be muddy, right?
But I recently found this little idea at Dollar Store Mom that changed my mind:
Cute, functional, and no more mud puddles? Yes, please!
Start off with one of these boot trays.
You can usually find them by the welcome mats. (I kind of wanted just a square one… But all I could find was this funky shaped one instead. Oh well.)
Another idea is to use an old cookie sheet (check thrift stores and garage sales!). If you are working on replacing your cheapo baking sheets with nicer alternatives (stoneware or stainless steel), don’t toss your old ones! Repurpose them as boot trays.
Gather an assortment of rocks and stones– I chose ones on the smaller side. I found these out in my barnyard and driveway, hopefully you’ll have a place to gather some as well. If not, I did see bags of smooth stones at the dollar store the other day that would work in a pinch. It feels kind of silly to buy rocks, though.
Fill up your tray and you are good to go!
The mud puddles will now filter down to the bottom of the tray, keeping everything looking tidier for longer.
When you start to get a buildup of mud, simply take the tray and rocks outside and hose it all off.
I love cute solutions to household messes, don’t you?
(A note: If you have small kiddos in the house, this probably isn’t a project you’ll want to do just yet, as the rocks can pose a choking hazard. Just something to keep in mind.)
Other posts in the Homemaking on the Homestead series:
- DIY Chicken Wire Frame
- Homemaking for the 5 Senses: Smell
- Homemaking for the 5 Senses: Hearing
- Homemaking for the 5 Senses: Sight
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