Now that summer has finally arrived (better late than never), I’m looking forward to long barefooted days outside. Although the kid-proof rug in my mudspace is terrific for stopping tracked-in dirt, after my boys spend a couple of hours digging in the yard excavating dinosaurs, they’re ready for a wash-down. Rather than giving their toesies a full-force hosing, I love this stylish and sensible idea from Martha Stewart. Place a teak bath mat (a great slip-free surface) and a full watering can by the back door to rinse off dirty or sandy feet before coming inside. Another dual-use option is a galvanized boot tray, souped up with drilled-in drainage holes and filled with smooth pebbles — should the rain come again (and you know it will), bring it inside and use it as a parking space for your wellies.
Image credit: Martha Stewart