Christy Stucker for Fazoli’s Mom Blog: Warming Up to Winter
Wintertime will be here soon, and there’s so much to do before the season arrives! Looking for foolproof methods to declutter and streamline daily family operations/activities? Start by setting a two-step family focus before the cold sets in: COZY home and wintry FUN for all!
Project COZY Home: Make a list. There are lots of changes ahead, so get organized. Pack all of your summer/fall gear in containers and get out your winter supplies. Every family member can help prepare for the season ahead with age- appropriate tasks.
Warm your home from the inside out. Apply weather stripping (found at your local hardware store) to windows and doors to keep drafty, cold air out if needed. Increase home insulation to keep heat retention up and check your heating system to ensure it’s operating properly. Invest in a space heater for a little supplemental warmth and always be sure to unplug it when not in use. Gather the necessary supplies for your chimney (or outdoor chiminea) for when the temperatures really get chilly.
Refresh throw blankets, bedding and comforters with a fresh wash and dry. If you have flannel sheets in the linen closet, now is the time to make the switch. Likewise, make sure all family members have enough cozy clothing to bundle up. Slippers, warm pajamas and fuzzy socks are great ways to feel warmer. Store summer clothing and accessories away to make room for coats, hats, mittens and boots needed for the upcoming months. Donate any outgrown items to shelters. However, hang on to one festive holiday sweater per family member and perhaps a household oddity. To be discussed a bit later…
Project Wintry FUN: Now that your home preparation list has begun (maybe even completed?), get ready to have fun! Prepare all your outdoor cold weather gear for action. Now is the time to make sure sleds, skis, shovels and snowboards are in good operating condition. Perfect weather for optimal use will soon be on the way!
Sometimes, going outside isn’t an option, so make sure you have indoor activities available. Board games, card games, trivia, puzzles, flash cards and video games should be placed in bookshelves so they’re easy to reach. Have each family member make a wish list of books they would like to read over winter. Stock up on family favorites and any new titles you want to read, but haven’t found the time to do so. Also list any DVDs you’ve been planning to watch but haven’t. The winter season is a good time to catch up on old and new favorites!
As a family, decide on a theme for your holiday decorations this year. Make the house festive together! Doing so will minimize clutter and create a festive space every member of your family can be proud of. Invite friends and family over to enjoy time together in your freshly decorated and organized space. Remember the festive holiday sweaters you saved earlier? Why not host a (tacky?) holiday sweater gathering and have guests bring a “white elephant” item to exchange? All in for cozy, fun times!