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When it rains, gets muddy, and/or snowy outside, shoes and paws tend to drag the mess from outdoors into your just mopped, dusted, and vacuumed home (ok, even if just cleaned means 2 weeks ago – it still counts as frustrating!). Now, of course there is the age old solution – all shoes must be removed at the entryway (in the case of paws, they must be wiped down prior to being removed from the leash!)

The Problem: Leaving muddy shoes on the floor in the entry way merely means the rest of your home stays clean as a puddle of mud slowly rolls off the boots and shoes and settles on your entry floor.

Now, you could buy one of those expensive and beautiful boot trays like this that retail for around $49.99:

boot trayClick HERE to purchase this product.

OR you can make a fun little project that does the same thing for 1/2 the price!

Here’s What You Do:

1) Get a container that is about 3-6 inches tall – Try this one for example

2) Fill it 1/3- 1/2 way with medium size rocks/pebbles – Try these for example (you may need to buy a couple of them)

3) Place shoes on top of the rocks/pebbles when you take them off.

It will look something like either of these:

tub-garden-2boot tray with stonesClick HERE to purchase this product.

This allows for the water/watery mud/snow to run off of the shoes and be caught in the container allowing the shoes to try and remain available for use without still being messy.

What do you think of this project? How do you solve the muddy shoe conundrum in your home? Share with us in the comments below!
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