Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Messy Monday: Tips to Keep the Dirt Out

After a polar cortex of a winter, which included massive amounts of snow, the ground was already fairly moist. Now in comes spring with massive amounts of rain (most likely). April showers brings May flowers after all. Oh and mud. Lots & lots of mud. 

When mud gets on something, like clothes & shoes, it seems to dry in record time. Which of course means that you then have dirt in every nook & cranny of your home. Have kids or animals to gleefully track dirt everywhere too? Well, don't worry, here are some helpful tips to help keep the dirt out. Or at least most of it. 

•Use mats. Did you notice the word "mat" was plural? As in, more than one? At each entrance of your home?! Now I know that seems like a lot, but if you take the time to think about it, it really does make sense.  Wipe your feet on the mat outside, wipe again & take your shoes off on the mat inside. And just in case a mat won't quite do the job outside, invest in a boot scrubber/scraper to keep right outside your door. 

•Kick your shoes off at the door. Well, OK, don't actually kick them off (that would just spread the dirt), but take them off as soon as you get inside. This will help keep the dirt from letting loose in your home (did anyone else just picture a dirt dance party?).

•Keep a spray mop & handheld vacuum nearby. No, this doesn't mean to man every entryway with these household defensive tools, but a nearby closet will do. Because let's face it, the dog or kids will run right on in at least 10 times a day. Having these handy will help to clean up what is tracked in, in under 30 seconds. Unless they happen to get sprayed by a skunk too. Then...uh, you're on your own. (Sorry.)

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