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Okay, so I felt like we had control over the whole entryway situation. We have a small entryway - the front door opens at the base of the stairs (the door touches the stairs, not a lot of room) and there is a closet there behind the front door when open. The closet is only as wide as a narrow door, but with good decluttering, it works. We have a small bench just on the other side of the front door that has baskets for things. The very small area at the base of the stairs is tiled, but that's basically only where the doors swings, the rest is carpet.

We didn't have much snow last year so this wasn't a serious problem, but this year its heavy and the kids come in with the snowpants and the scarves covered in snow and the boots ad the jackets, etc. I literally have nowehre to put this wet stuff. My choices seem to be - back in the closet, despite being wet - on the stairs (they are pretty steep and narrow stairs, I don't like keeping anything on them) - or on the bench or the couch beyond. Ugh!

Tell me what you do with wet winter clothes?

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I move the boots into the laundry room onto a towel I keep for that purpose. The clothes either go over the shower rod in the bathroom (if they are soaking wet) or over the back of the dining room chairs if they are just slightly damp and it's a couple hours until a meal. I go around that evening or in the am and gather up the now dry clothes and move them back to their homes.

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I move the boots into the laundry room onto a towel I keep for that purpose. The clothes either go over the shower rod in the bathroom (if they are soaking wet) or over the back of the dining room chairs if they are just slightly damp and it's a couple hours until a meal. I go around that evening or in the am and gather up the now dry clothes and move them back to their homes.
Hmm, laundry room is the unfinished basement, so no help htere, but I suppose our powder bath could work - there is a furnace vent there that I could hang the clothes above. I'd need something to hang them on though, maybe I should keep my eye out for a cheap used coatrack.

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Our entry is tiny so I feel your pain. Not sure if telling you what we do will help but I thought I'd try. We have a piece of leftover carpet from when we put new carpet in our room that we use out in the entry way. It's big enough to cover most of the floor out there so I just line the boots up along the wall to dry, as I really don't care about the condition of this carpet piece. I have a curtain rod and curtain over our closet opening so for wet stuff, I hang it on some hangers and hang them up on the curtain rod (w/the curtain pushed off to the side so it doesn't get wet). Not the best system but the rest of our house is pretty small also and it works.

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We have a tiny tiny entryway. We bought some cheap carpet mats and put those down. Along the one wall we put down 3 boot trays lining against the wall and that is where wet boots go. On the wall we have 4 sets of hooks. The lower ones are single hooks & that is where coats are hung. The upper row of hooks each have an upper & lower hook. Wet snowpants get hung on there & mitts and hats get hung on there as well until they are dry. I don't know if I am explaining this well. I should probably take a picture.

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We’ve been playing the snow a lot the past week too.
Not sure this will help, but we come in through the garage which is near the laundry room. I also put a towel down and strip off everything wet. I have hanging bars in the laundry room and hang the wet snow pants & coats on the bar over the laundry tub. The mittens, hats, etc all get hung on hooks in the laundry room or placed on the dryer if they are really wet. I open the heat vent and close the door and things dry quickly.

Could you use the towel idea then wrap up the clothing and carry the items to the basement to hang? I'm assuming there is heat in the basement even though it is unfinished. If not, prior to my husband installing extra hanging bars I used to hang all the kids' wet clothes - even the drying laundry - on hangers on the knobs of the kitchen cabinets. If I hung them in the evening they were usually dry by morning.
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We have extra towels just for this! Living in New England you need to be prepared : I'll have the towels ready by the door, the kids come in (we try to get as much snow off outside before) then they just get undressed from their snow gear, the boots stay on the rugs we have out and the snow clothes get swooped up in the towels and brought to the bathroom and hanged up in the tub over the shower curtain rod, shower nozzel... pretty much whatever I can find to hang something up over. I used to get so worked up over snowy clothes but then I figured hey it's just snow.... so I might have to wipe up some water here and there.... at least my kids are having fun

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Sweetcheeks seems to have a good solution. Perhaps you can find some cheap rugs (like those rag-rugs you can buy for about $3) to put down there. Use them to absorb the snow melt, then throw them in the washer.

We're in the same situation, except the door opens into the hallway and hardwood floors. I keep some towels there to lay down to catch the snow melt. Then as soon as dd has stripped down, I wipe it all up and hang everything to dry in the unfinished part of the basement where my winter clothesline is.
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how about using a basket to carry the item s to a dryer area of the house? Leave the basket on the stairs and replace it after you have hung things ti dry or put them in the dryer?

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I feel your pain or cold, however you look at it!

We have a small entryway we come in and both the front and back are like this. I take off the boots asap off everyone and then in stocking feet, take off the remainder stuff. Wet things like snow pants, gloves etc go near the vents, boots stay on a rug that gets tossed after the season or washed outside. In the chicago area, we have salt, dirt etc and it can get ALL OVER your house if not careful.

I also like to keep two pairs of everything if all possible. Hard to do with small mittens but well worth it in case you loose one or they are still wet when its time to go out again.

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I've been considering putting some Shaker pegs up in my powder room for the ever expanding winter wear. No matter how well you think you are doing, the mud room is never big enough.

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I lay down an old bath towel in front of the door whenever we go out, so when we come back in it's there. Boots go on the towel, hats & mittens go on top of the heating register, and coats & snow pants get hung up. We are awaiting hooks in our newly redone entryway (it was a closet that we ripped out to open up space for hooks, and we had it tiled). So until the hooks are in, the things get hung up on our kitchen cabinet knobs until they are dry. Not perfect, but it's working. Oh, and when the boots are dry, or later in the day, they get put on the boot tray or shoe rack. Same for the hats/mittens, they go into a basket once they are dry. I like using the bath towels instead of a rug because I can wash them instead of leaving the soaking rug on the floor (we used to have one of those "water hogs" welcome mats).
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I went to my good friend's house last week and she had an old skirt hanger her entryway with all her kids mittens neatly clipped and drying.

I thought it was a brilliant solution. I also try and walk all wet things immediately to the dryer. I always dry on "low" so I don't fear the heat will wear out the clothes. I just like to make sure we don't have wet things if we're going out again soon.

I also use ikea tray meant for toy-keeping to keep wet boots and shoes in. I have a small plastic rolling drawer storage container for extra hats/mittens/scarves.
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Can you put a free standing coat rack somewhere near the door? Or even not near the door? You could put it away in the warmer months. We have pegs on the wall in an area that sounds identical to yours (door, stairs, no space) except we have no CLOSET!!!! So we have pegs on the wall. But that does not quite do it all when we are out multiple times a day. When dd (and her friends AND US) come in from the snow, we stand in that 2 square foot area and strip. Then I shoo all the kids away and hang what I can on the provided pegs. The rest get put on pegs that we have hidden on the backs of the bathroom and basement stairs. Mittens and boots get put in front of the heat register in the kitchen then tossed into a basket. Not perfect, but it is the best I have come up with yet. I cannot figure out how people 120 years ago that lived in this house with the same climate about about 5 times the amount of kids did it. And somehow with the very same original wood floor that sits in front of the door to this day. They must have had some good tricks.
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I feel your pain, too. We don't have much snow but mud all winter and soaking wet coats, mittens, hats in a tiny entryway.

We put up peg hangers for the clothes so they can dry and a shoe holder bin-but its still a mess. The hanging pegs for coats on two levels- kid and adult helped the most.

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We have hooks and a wooden basket by the door. If things are wet I hurry them into the kitchen and the coats will hang on chairs until dry. If it gets to me (and it usually does) my older kids will take their stuff upstairs to finish in the tub or at their desks. We have hardwood everywhere but the kitchen and baths so I try to contain the drips. Each person is only allowed 1 pair of shoes and 1 coat at the back door so that limits the clutter a little bit. (We are seven people). A friend puts all the wet stuff in the dryer to dry so she can be ready again right away but I can't bring myself to dry clothes that aren't freshly washed.

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What about a couple of cookie sheets with a towel in them for the boots to sit in.
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We live in an apartment and the entry way goes right into the kitchen and there's no where to put the winter gear. We just drape everything on chairs and I will wait until spring to have a clean floor
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wow, tons of great ideas!

I live in an apt with no entryway...my door opens up into my livingroom with a carpeted floor :. Living in New Hampshire (and we've had a lot of snow over the past week) it gets messy. I layed down a 3'x5' indoor/outdoor carpet (made from recycled plastic bought from Gaiam) just inside the door. We take off our stuff on it. I do have a hallway where we can take off wet stuff before we come into the house though. But to hang up stuff, I've put up a clothes rack before in the kitchen to dry off stuff. Also, I hang coats on the door knobs. Boots either stay outside my door or inside on the mat. Usually I put hats/mittens/scarves on the rack or to dry on the baseboard heater. It's a mess generally when we come in from playing in the snow but oh well. I'm not expecting Martha Stewart any time soon!

For you, an idea might be to putt an over the door hook on the closet door so you can hang wet coats outside the closet. I've seen these racks that screw into the wall and can be pulled out to dry things. Look on www.gaiam.com.

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front entry way

On the door opening to the living room the previous owners had a child-height set of hooks. Kids coats go there. Adult coats go on the hooks here, unless the hooks get full in which case we move stuff down to the set of hooks we hung up in the basement. This area is really for stuff we wear every day.

Bins on shelf are for dry stuff: left = adult mittens, gloves
middle = adult hats and scarves
right = kids outdoor stuff

Boots go under shelf.

We have a large, commercial type indoor waterproof mat from home depot (20 bucks) covering the wooden floor in the entryway. LLBean sells similar stuff.

Inside the interior door is another rug to catch drips. Behind the interior door is one of these. It stores slippers and indoor shoes when we are outside and serves as a dryer for mittens, hats and scarves when we come in. I don't love that it is in the living room, but what are you going to do.

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we have a glass sliding door that is the back door. We send the kids out the back door and to accomodate their comings and goings have a winter set up there. -- We put a boot tray under the dog's water dish and put any dripping wet boots there or move them to the front entryway. We have the same rug in there (which you can see in the pic). In the kitchen near the back door we also keep a basket for misc. mittens.
Please disregard the cluttered look of my "pantry" space. It's a work in progress, as is the rest of my house right now.

I'm not sure if you can see it, but in the kitchen just to the right of the slider we have a coat rack that can accommodate 2-3 jackets. We don't keep a lot there, but it beats the pants off of having misc. jackets strewn across the kitchen.

I tend to buy my kids stuff at yard sales in the summer, so I always have at least an extra set of mittens and whatnot. And we do a lot of outdoor sports, so we have hard-core mittens to wear for xc skiing, etc and then we have the mittens that the kids wear to school (and are ok for getting lost or misplaced). So we have duplicates should something be wet.

Summer set up: most of the waterproof stuff is replaced by cotton rugs for catching dirt and only one bin remains for outdoor hats.

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