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#1 of 7 Old 04-07-2006, 06:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi. This is my first year having a toddler in the spring, with all the rubber boots and muddy pants and jackets a little boy uses and gets muddy. Plus dh will sometimes "sneak" into the house when he's out babequeing or whatever and track mud in on the floor. Any suggestions for keeping on top of the mud so it doesn't take over my front entry way?

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We have a "no shoes" policy. All shoes and outer clothing come off in the entryway. We have a shoe box and a closet there for things, so it does make it easier.
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I ditto the no shoes policy. They are to come off at the door..even for guests. At our last home, I even had a sign at the door that said please remove your shoes.

If you anticipate weather being yucky, you can also keep a beach towel by the door so it can be spread out and they can undress standing on it and the mess can be rolled up and carried to the laundry room. Large cake pans also make a good tray to keep dirty shoes on.
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No shoes here, and I *try* to have "front door" shoes and "back door" shoes - meaning that if ds wants to run outside in back, there are shoes ready for him to do that and he doesn't have to go to the front door and put his shoes on and then walk thru the house to get to the back door.

A friend of mine makes up a bucket of soapy water and keeps it at the back door for the kids to wash off their feet before coming inside. I like that idea.

Also - I just implemented this so we'll see how it goes. During the day, shoes come off OUTSIDE the door and left outside. It drives me crazy when they come in, take of shoes and sand spills out all over my floor.

In theory, this all works. But dh trudges thru the house on occassion and I just cringe.

Oh, and I have a sign on my front door that says, "no shoes, please."

Geez, you'd think I was a neat freak with a super clean house or something. Not.
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No shoes here, and I *try* to have "front door" shoes and "back door" shoes - meaning that if ds wants to run outside in back, there are shoes ready for him to do that and he doesn't have to go to the front door and put his shoes on and then walk thru the house to get to the back door.

Oh, and I have a sign on my front door that says, "no shoes, please."
yep, this is what we do. it really helps cut down on the mess brought inside.
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We also do the "no shoes" rule.. and if pants are muddy, they also come right off at the door (for my little ones.. I don't make adults strip at my front door )

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No shoes for us either. Having 3 kids....always one seems to sneak in real quick with muddy or dirty shoes...then there is our dog....: Have to have a dog towel at our door for muddy paws and belly.

The other day I went to my friend's NEW house and she had the front door locked. She says she keeps it locked so the kids can't get in except through the garage and then they take their shoes off in there. I thought it was an awesome idea and now that is what I do with my kids.

We are in mud city because we have no yard with grass, just dirt right now. We also have had huge mud lakes and the kids not only get muddy they get wet. One puddle was so big...the kid blew up their raft and were floating in it. It was a hoot!
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