Wednesday, May 21, 2014

4 Steps To Having Snow Pants When You Need Them

In our world getting everyone decked out in winter attire is like an Olympic event! And sure it's currently Spring and this may be the farthest thing from your mind but there are a couple things that you can do to make this event a little easier come SNOW time! 

1) Before packing those snow pants away take inventory!

Recently I went through all of our snow pants and took out the ones that I knew would be too small or that we wouldn't need anymore. I was able to pass three pairs along to friends which is great because there is really no point in storing clothes that we can't use, especially when someone else can use them.

2) Create a designated storage space for winter gear.

I know it isn't always easy to find storage space available in your home, but keeping like things together can really make the future process of pulling everything out much easier. In our case I have a clear tub that all of the snow pants get tucked into after they are washed and dried one last time. This tub hangs out in our basement right beside all of our other stored clothing.

3) Attach a simple card labeling what you have and what you need.

Jotting down what sizes we already have is easy to do when I'm taking that initial inventory. It is also helpful to write down what you need, but what about out of sight...out of mind, right? I suggest taking a picture of your cards. This way if you spot some clearance deals (Extra Tip: by always buying black snow pants you can easily pass them down to either gender sibling!) or a friend is passing down items, you can pull out your phone and reference exactly what you need. (Again no need to pay for items or store hand me downs if you don't actually need them.)

4) Think multipurpose when storing snow pants in season.

Without a mudroom our front closet has just enough room for all of our family's shoes a few coats and zero snow pants. So one thing I tried this year is storing all of the snow pants on a separate portable coat rack out on the porch. It became a great way to hang them out of the way so that they could also dry between uses.

During warmer months I can move the coat hanger somewhere else or it has the potential to be used for other say, hanging some lighter, yet cozy blankets for cool evenings on the porch. 

All in all I am thrilled that winter has passed us by and now I'm also excited that we will be prepared for next winter without it sneaking up on us again. :-)

Do you have any tips for organizing and storing winter gear?

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  1. Great tips! I have clothing stored by size downstairs but keep swim stuff and winter stuff separate. I love the idea of index cards saying what you have and what you need and taking a pic of them for shopping excursions! I'm going to steal that one from you as long as I remember it when we come back to the states.

    1. Keturah,

      I bet snow pants are literally the furthest thing from your mind right now! ;-)



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