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Preparing Now for an Easier Winter

Make Up a Mudroom

Mudrooms are wonderfully useful spaces for homes in any kind of climate, but they’re downright essential in snowy regions. They not only help manage mountains of winter outerwear and provide an indoor space for donning and doffing wet boots and coats, they also help keep your house clean and free of all the junk and chemicals tracked in from roads and sidewalks. If you don’t have a mudroom, make one up for the winter months. Choose a convenient spot near the most-used entry door, and lay down a washable area rug. Set up a bench for changing footwear, a rack or tray for boots, a bin for gloves and hats, and a coat rack where things can drip-dry. Outside the door, install a boot scraper and/or make sure there’s something hard (like a concrete step or even a big rock) for kicking off snow and road crud before going indoors.

Travel Smart

Few actions are less graceful or enjoyable than pushing a car out of a snow bank in dress slacks and loafers or in a skirt and heels. The advice here is simple: Don’t rely on the weather report, and don’t be a sucker. Instead, keep a complete second-string of winter wear (boots, parka, hat, gloves) in the trunk of your car for the entire winter. That way, even if you leave your house in clothing best suited for a drive down Wilshire Boulevard, you won’t end up with frostbite if things don’t go exactly as planned.

Do you have good advice for other readers on how to prepare now to make winter easier? Leave a comment in the comments section below.

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5:40AM PST on Nov 27, 2011

thanks

12:28AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

I don't mind the snow so much, and unless we get a ridiculous amount, I actually don't mind some shoveling & plowing.

What I DO mind, is the bitter cold that often follows. Sometimes it induces an asthma attack.

2:30PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Up here in the North East we got whacked with a mid Autumn snowfall. Noone up here was really ready. The article is cool (no pun intended.) Thanks for sharing.

2:34AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Great post

8:07PM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Pretty psyched for winter's first official snowfall, actually.

11:11PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Nice read... but its 32 degrees here. Made me cooler just thinking about shoveling snow!!

9:23PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

the laundry room makes a great "mudroom" at my house

2:45PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

thanks

6:54AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

noted.

5:32AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

thanks for the information

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