Life Hack: The Hot Box
I'm not 100% sure if this "qualifies" as a life hack, but I find it super helpful, so I wanted to share it!
When I was a child, my Dad built a slatted bottom box that sat over the heating vent in our "shoe room". So, when we would come in on a winter day, we would toss our mitts, hats, scarves and sometimes our boot liners into this "hot box", and when the heat would turn on, our stuff would get nice and dry! What a smarty pants!
My version I use today is a simple milk crate sitting over the heating vent near our shoe shelf at the front door. Sure, it's unattractive, but function wins in this fight!
To keep life simple and a little less cluttered, my kids only have one hat, one scarf, and one pair of mitts each, so, throwing their stuff in the box means that when they go out again their stuff is dry (and sometimes nice and warm!) for them to use, and they don't need a second set for "just in case the others are wet".
I hope someone finds this little tip from my childhood helpful!
2/11/2014 01:20:25 am
If you remember, sometimes the smell from the box was not very pleasant, but functional it was!
2/11/2014 03:25:08 am
Haha, I do remember, luckily my kids are still young and are not too stinky (yet) :)
2/11/2014 03:28:56 am
Seems familiar :) If its a room that needs the heat, you can cut a second milk crate in half and put it under the drying box, so some of the heat can escape before it enters the mitt zone. Warning...this makes it even a little less attractive.
2/11/2014 03:33:06 am
Tis familiar! We're all smart taking Dad's lead on mitten drying technique! And thanks for the useful tip, and the warning, hahaha! Our house is generally always cold anyway (hooray for old houses!), so, we don't fret about one covered vent.
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