Winter is coming! Good organization will get your though the cold months. It seems like it was just yesterday we were wearing shorts and flip flops to the grocery store. Many of us developed a love hate relationship with the hot summer heat. We loved the fact that it wasn’t cold and we could spend more time outdoors doing what we loved; but we hated the 90-degree daytime highs. A las, those days are behind us as we moved into the fall/winter season. Each passing year, the change in seasons forces us to change our lifestyles. Summer clothes have to be packed away until next year. Winter clothes have to be washed and dry cleaned. We have to reorganize our closets and decide which items to keep or donate.
Here are a few times on how to organize your life with the change in seasons:
Hot to Cold
Moving into fall and winter is the time to pull out your down comforters, wool clothing and winter sport clothes. Take time to inspect your wool for moth damage, inspect your boots for proper tread and restock your sock drawer.
Make sure your home isn’t leaking air at your windows. Have your chimney cleaned to allow Santa plenty of room for his annual visit and stock up on fire wood if needed.
Pull out your cold weather season recipes for stews, casseroles, soup and hot chocolate. Stock your pantry with staples including rice, pasta, pasta sauce, shelf stable milks and flour. Fill your freezer with meats. All this preparation will save time and help in the event you get iced or snowed in at home.
Put emergency supplies in your car trunk including a blanket and deicer in case you have a problem that leaves you stuck on the side of a road. In certain parts of the country, you may need to put on winter tires or outfit your tires with chains. Put your window scraper back in the car.
Cold to Hot
The change from winter to spring and summer seasons is the time to clean all your winter clothing and store it away. Keep your sweaters and all wool items with moth balls in a trunk or drawer to keep your clothes from appearing with mysterious holes come the following winter. Summer clothes seem to lose their wear more quickly than winter clothes, particularly in southern climates. This is a great time to buy new t-shirts, bathing suits and sandals
Exchange warm down comforters for lighter ones and put your cool pajamas at the top of your pajama drawer. Put away blankets, clean and replace window screens that may be dirty or damaged form the winter. Prepare any lawn equipment for yard maintenance. Throw out expired sunscreen and replace it with new ones. Expired sunscreens lose their power with time, so don’t ignore the expiration date. Stock your car, home and office with umbrellas to prepare for the unexpected storm or to serve as a parasol in extreme heat.
Always give yourself access to water. Park in the shade as much as possible. Have your air conditioner inspected and be prepared if it goes out. Keep a watch on your pets, children, elderly friends and relatives as the heat can be extra dangerous for them.
Keep extra water bottles in the refrigerator for a quick grab and go to stay hydrated. Stock your refrigerator with fresh summer foods like vegetables, fish, fruit and especially cold watermelon!