Getting Winter Ready
Let’s just zoom ahead by a month or two …
You’re running out of the door with
- book bags ,
- water bottles ,
- packed lunches,
- PE kits ,
- swimming kits
- all your stuff for work ,
- musical instruments
Then it hits you… the great blast of icy wind
” Why wasn’t I prepared for this? ” You guiltily ask yourself as you stare at the thick unexpected layer of ice on your windscreen.
Panic sets in as you look at your kids shivering beside you.
You haven’t got time to drop the mountain of stuff you’re carrying to dash upstairs to dig their gloves out of storage .
You have no choice but to leave , unprepared, cold and driving whilst looking through a tiny hole in your icy windscreen .
You start believing you are the worst parent in the playground, as everyone else’s children arrive with their gloves, hats, and winter coats on.
You then spend the whole day feeling guilty that you sent your kids to school with no gloves and wearing their summer coat .
You convince yourself those little fingers will freeze and fall off by lunch time, which, prompts you do a frantic Internet search for “frostbite in children”.
Not this year , this year we are on it and here is how !
- Go to your cloakroom or coat / shoe area .
- Take everything out ( yes everything ),
- Give the room a good clean .
- Then put into storage all the summer shoes
- Replace with two pairs winter shoes each . The rest of the shoes (less frequently worn) , should stay in wardrobes and returned there after each wearing .
- Donate any unworn or out grown shoes and coats , make sure these are taken out of the house as soon as possible!
- Hang up all jackets and coats (except those worn daily) in the bedroom wardrobe.
Ok , now you should have an empty space to work with , so let’s not fill it back up!
Only return these items to the cloakroom.
- One daily worn winter coat per person
- Two pairs of shoes per person
Everything else should be stored in the wardrobe and is put away there after wearing .
- Dig out the hats and gloves from storage
- Donate unwanted items.
- Keep one set per person in the cloakroom and yes you guessed it everything else gets stored in their wardrobe until needed .
The trick here is to keep this area as streamlined as possible to enable leaving the house a breeze .
The emptier it is , the easier it is to find the stuff everyone needs everyday .
Use this area to store anything needed to grab on the way out to school and work.
- Top tip!
Buy each child several pairs of gloves in one plain colour, so when one glove goes missing (normally after the first day) they have still got a “pair” .
All my daughter’s are plain grey and my son’s are plain navy blue ,
I normally purchase several each and usually end up with one full pair each at the end of the winter !
Dig out or purchase a can of de-icer and a windscreen scraper for the car, fill your car with de-icer and place blankets in the back seat for cold mornings and evenings.
Put all wellys and boots on a mud tray .
You’re now ready for the big chill!
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