Living in Chicago we have developed many techniques to get us through the winter.
Lately, it's been denial.
We like to pretend it's eternally summer in our front room; the flowers and bright colors seem to help. And we've also been doing some pup-related things around our home to keep the dreariness and slush from coming inside.
Boot Trays for Dog Boots:
Along with our wet boots we also have 8 mini-boots from the pooches. To find a way to avoid the melting snow puddles in our home, we set up a couple of boot drying trays. We learned to use black river rocks as a base; we picked up some packages from Dollar Tree. This lets the snow melt through to the bottom so our boots aren't standing in puddles of water. The water dries up on its own, and we periodically vacuum it out.
We noticed the "Dog Bedroom" area can get a little cold and drafty, so we make sure to cover Miss M's crate. We used to put a polar fleece over the top, but we love how our Molly Mutt Crate Cover does the double duty of looking nice and keeping her warm (we wrote more about it here). We still do put an extra polar fleece in the crate with her.
Lights on Mr. B's Tepee
We have learned to put up with the subzero temperatures, but I think the worst part of winter is that it's so dark.
It's dark for our morning walk. It's dark for our evening walk. It's just so dark all the time.
So we've been really into lights. We've decided to make things a bit more sparkly by decorating the top of Mr. B's tepee in twinkle lights. Being a classy guy, Mr. B likes to think it's a bit more Eiffel Tower than dorm room. He even has more photos of his new decor, here.
What are some other things everyone does to keep your home snow and slush free and warm?