Look! Creative Solution for Messy Winter Boots

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Last Saturday in Ikea we happened on a conversation between two customers about boots, which turned into us all complaining about snowy shoes messing up the house and what we were doing about it. One woman was excited to share an creative and stylish solution she invented using two unrelated IKEA products! Katie's solution combined two inexpensive items from neighboring IKEA departments- things you'd never dream of putting together. We were so entranced with it, we tried it at home ourselves! Click after the jump to see what our stylish, new snowy shoe area looks like...

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So here's what she did. Took just the lid from a black "Ladis" plastic storage bin (these are sold separately from the bins in two sizes for $1.00 or $3.00) and arranged a layer of smooth shiny garden stones on top). These stones were out on display in the garden department for $1.49 a bagful. We used just under 6 bags to fill our mat, and we purchased the large lid which easily holds 2 or 3 pairs of boots (total cost <$11).

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The lid has a lip so the stones stay in place, and any water that drops off the boots stays off the floor (and underneath the rocks, you don't even see it).

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Boston AT Readers were just talking about this the other week so we were motivated to add Katie's inventive solution to the mix. We absolutely love the look, and the whole thing is easy to rinse off every few weeks to keep it looking like new. If you're reading this, thanks Katie!

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