If there is one thing worse than icy slush or rainy day it’s tracking that same slush and rain into your home. It can be a real pain to try and get out those pesky carpet stains or constantly follow people around with a mop. Who wants to deal with that?
While I cannot control the weather,I do have a say about organizing our entryways for the rainiest months of the year. Should you be sick and tired of puddles and wet spots popping up around your abode, nip it in the bud with a wet weather station.
Simply put, a wet weather station is a small area near the entrance of a home that people must pass by and discard their things before stepping another foot in your house. This is a great idea for those who do not have a traditional mud room (or space for one). This is something you can leave up year round that will hopefully cut down on your cleaning schedule.
- Boot tray. A boot or shoe tray is a wet weather must even if you have a standard shoe rack. This is a great accessory to place all wet and muddy shoes until they dry (Boot Tray, The Container Store).
- Collapsible drying rack. Don’t just focus on your shoes as outerwear accessories like scarves, hats and gloves will probably be a little wet as well. Use a collapsible drying rack to give your soggy items room to breath and self-dry. Once dry, you can neatly fold away the rack and place in a nearby closet (Large Folding Drying Rack, Crate & Barrel).
- Waterproof floor mat. If you are going to use a drying rack, you are going to need something to protect your floors from water runoff. A waterproof or washable floor mat (if using cotton for example) acts as a barrier between your drying wet items and your flooring. (Recycled Water-Guard Mat, Williams-Sonoma).
- Coat rack with umbrella stand. Why place wet coats inside of your closet only to have them trapped between others with no room to dry? Give your coats a chance to dry on a coat rack that also has enough space for your umbrellas. Once dry you can place your jackets in the closet or keep them hanging on the rack if you use them frequently (Umbrella Stand Coat Rack, Target). Be sure to place a mat underneath your coat rack.
- Chair or bench. Have you ever heard of the dance called “the hobble?” It’s really a balancing act that many fail when trying to take off their shoes. Okay so we made it up, but you have seen people hopping around (and eventually bumping into a wall) while they try to take off a shoe at a time. If this happens to you, place a chair or bench (if you have the space) near the front door for assistance (Salt Chair, Design Within Reach).