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.
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.
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