Whether you’re gearing up for a long, snowy winter or just riding the waves of cooler storms, there’s no question that winter comes with challenges. Extra gear, muddy boots and plenty of outdoor-to-indoor time can make your life a little crazy. Which is why we’ve got three genius ways to control that winter chaos. Scroll down to learn more.

photo: Green Glove Dryer

Dry Out Gloves & Boots Faster with the Green Glove Dryer

Michigan-based mom Karen Smoots came up with a genius way to dry out her family’s wet gear during one of Michigan’s long, cold winters. The Green Glove Dryer doesn’t just work for gloves: you can use it for hats and boots too. It attaches to a heat register and the warm air circulates inside the gear through nozzles. You can use on a floor vent or wall vent, and both are super easy to install, lightweight and portable. Our editor tested both versions and fell in love.


$19.99, free shipping in the US and $5 flat rate to Canada.

Get yours at greenglovedryer.com


photo: Name Bubbles

Label Everything

This time of year kids head to school with extra layers and gear. To help prevent missing gloves and hats, use Name Bubbles labels. These adorable peel-n-stick labels are exceptionally durable and will last through rain and sleet and snow. They also stay on through washing (we’ve tested them). Totally customizable with a variety of designs, these will definitely help save your sanity this winter (and all year round).

$19.99 and up/32 labels

Online: namebubbles.com

Make a Handy Boot Tray

Ward off floor puddles from melting snow and soggy rain boots with this simple hack from Maillardville. It’s perfect for any mudroom or entryway and can be adapted to your space and family size. Find out how to make your own here.

What’s your secret to getting through the winter with kids? Tell us (please!) in a commment below.

—Amber Guetebier