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Organize The Mudroom

Get organized for the new year! Keep clutter to a minimum by creating personalized, color-coded bins for every person in the family to toss hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens, as well as shoes and boots, when they enter the house.

Make Cooler Corn!

cooler corn

Make corn on the cob in a cooler! It’s a unique way to feed a crowd at your next cookout. Simply shuck your corn and place the ears in any size clean, sturdy cooler (not styrofoam). Add boiling water (2 quarts per 12 ears) and snap down the lid. Let sit for 30 minutes, drain,

Check Your Noontime Shadow!

Here’s a fun experiment to do around the time of the Summer Solstice: Be sure to look at your noontime shadow — it’s your shortest noontime shadow of the year!

End Leaky Ice Cream Cones!

Drop a marshmallow inside the bottom of an ice cream cone before scooping in the ice cream to avoid leaks as it melts. The marshmallow will absorb the ice cream and you’ll have a tasty treat at the end!

Rid Your Shoes of Mud!

Keep some disposable chopsticks handy in the mudroom to clean mud and dirt from the deep treads of your boots and shoes. Chopsticks are the perfect size to dig into the small grooves.

Kitchen Space Saver

Use a thermos or insulated coffee carafe to keep Thanksgiving gravy warm while you put the final touches on the meal. This frees up much-needed space on the stove. Then simply pour it into a gravy boat and serve.

Set An Easy-To-Clean Kids’ Table

Use kraft paper or butcher paper to cover the kids’ table at Thanksgiving, and set out crayons and markers for them to draw and be creative. It keeps them busy and makes clean up a snap!

Best Beach Marker

Decorate your beach umbrella with painted handprints and art. This will help kids (and adults) find the right umbrella to go to.