It’s finally starting to feel like Spring! The weather has been so nice the last few days, which means that snow is finally melting! Our house is on a hill so a lot of the run off is going in the gutter right in front of our house. My kids have been outside creating different paths for the water to flow in the snow, creating pools and dams, adding bridges, and floating boats down the “river.” They have loved it! They’ve also been doing it barefoot, with shorts and no jacket! I finally had them put on snow boots thinking that might keep their feet dry, but that didn’t work either. Now their snow boots, socks and feet are completely soaked and freezing.
Seeing those soaking wet snow boots reminded me that it is ALMOST time to put away the snow stuff!! I always love that feeling! Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice when the kids can go out and play in the snow; but it’s even better when they can go out without having to get ready to for “extending deep-sea diving” as Ralphie put it in A Christmas Story…
When you decide that you are finally safe from Spring snow storms (which in my case, living in Wyoming, is going to be June) and are ready to put away the snow clothes, here is a great way to organize and store those clothes so that you are ready for next winter:
Organize and Store your Winter Clothes for next year-
- Begin by gathering all the current winter clothes and have kids try everything on and decide what will fit next year and what will not.
- Anything that no longer fits either gets passed down to a younger sibling or if it is your last child that has outgrown the item then GET RID OF IT! Either donate it, sell it, or pass it along to another family (my personal favorite option).
- Make an inventory of the items that each child still has for next year and what items need replaced. Click here: winter clothes checklist for a free checklist you can print off and use for this task!
- This is a perfect time to buy needed winter clothes for next year. I did this last Spring, and it was seriously AMAZING to pull out the winter clothes tub and have everything the kids needed ready to go! And I got some major deals on quality coats and snow pants when I bought them in the Spring. I found my best deals on Walmart.com.
- Now that you have everything needed for each person next year, it is time to store these clothes. I use 3 Rubbermaid Storage Totes: one for parent clothes, one for kid clothes (since I have 4 kids, I had to buy an extra large tote or you might need more than one regular sized tote), and one for extra clothes. I only put the needed items that fit each person in the parent and kid totes. If there were extra clothes that someone had outgrown, but wouldn’t fit the younger ones quite yet, then I put it into the “extra” tote. I also like to layer dryer sheets in with the clothes to keep them smelling fresh and if moths are a problem where you store the totes, then moth balls might be a good idea as well.
- Label each tote and store! Next year on that first snow (which happened for us in SEPTEMBER!), all you need to do is grab the “kid winter clothes” tote and distribute the pile of clothes that belongs to each kid and they are ready to head out to the snow! It was so simple this year that I am wondering why I used to just throw everyone’s stuff all in the tub and then have to scramble to see what fits and then get to a store and buy things at full price! That is crazy!
I promise that if you do this NOW, you will not regret it next winter. In fact, I think it will make you “nice and happy!”