While Stephanie and a couple of you readers may have received a useless gift or two, my household received an incredibly useful gift - boot trays. Yes, we did get made fun of by a cousin for being so excited about boot trays, but in Chicago they're more than necessary.
Shoe trays are particularly helpful to keep wet and soggy shoes from ruining your floors. But, used year round, they keep dirt from spreading and polluting your home.
Our next step to make the trays even better is to fill the bottom of the tray with river rocks. Snow and ice drain through the rocks so our shoes don't stand in water.
So, do you use a boot tray? What are your tips for keeping winter slush out of your home?
Top images by Rachel Wray; bottom image via Martha Stewart