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Photo: jajam_e (Shutterstock) Winter weather has a way of getting inside the house. Muddy boots and wet clothes can make a big mess inside, especially with extra items from guests, but you can organize your mudroom or create a drop zone for winter gear to keep your house both clean and dry. First, invest in a boot scraper A good boot scraper on the porch or path to the door is a great place to begin fighting the mess before it even makes it inside. You can buy commercial boot scrapers, but you can also make your own with a few stiff bristled brushes screwed into a plank and attached to your porch or deck. For a more robust boot cleaner, you can cut the broom end of a push broom into thirds and attach the two outside pieces at right angles to the middle, creating a three sided brush for deep, persistent mud. A good doormat can also be helpful if the amount of mud is relatively small. Dry out your shoes and boots Making a drying area for wet shoes is essential to saving your floors. In a small space, a mat and a small stool is a good idea. You can use a larger bench and some bins that fit underneath in a larger space. The important thing is to design yourself a convenient way to remove dirty shoes before the grime makes its way any further into the house. A five-gallon bucket turned upside down […]