Winter time is a time when its essential to have your act together. The weather is pretty unforgiving and, if you are not prepared, you can find things get pretty bleak. In this post, we share a few quick tips you can carry out in autumn, to make sure that you are organised for winter.
We will show you how to make a family command center, organised with everything you need to get you and the kids out of the door warm and cozy.
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, a great blast of icy wind hits you out of nowhere.
” Why wasn’t I ready for this? ” You guiltily ask yourself as you stare at the unexpected thick 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 peering 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 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 lunchtime, which, prompts you to do a frantic Internet search for “frostbite in children”.
How to create a family command center.
- Go to your cloakroom or coat/shoe area and take everything out ( yes everything ),
- Give the room a good clean.
- Put all the summer shoes into storage
- Replace the summer shoes with two pairs of winter shoes each.
- The rest of the shoes (less often worn), should stay in wardrobes and return there after each wearing.
- Donate any unworn or outgrown shoes and coats, make sure these are removed from the house as soon as possible!
- Hang up all jackets and coats (except those worn daily) in the bedroom wardrobe.
You now have an empty space, please do not fill it back up!
If you need help and motivation to declutter click here
Coat Closet Organization
Coat closets can become cluttered very easily as we have to have enough coats to cope with the changeable British weather! coat closets are usually small spaces under the stairs or in the porch or entryway so it’s important to keep your coat closet decluttered and organised. the way to keep this area organised is to be very strict about what you keep in there for day to day use. I prefer only to store
- One winter coat per person
- Two pairs of shoes per person
in my coat closet, all other items should be stored in the wardrobe after wearing.
If you need advice and tips on how to create a minimal capsule wardrobe click here
Preparing your command center for autumn weather
- Dig out all the hats and gloves from storage
- Check for rips and tears or outdated outgrown items
- Donate unwanted items.
- Keep one set of gloves scarf and hat per person in small baskets in the cloakroom. If you are short of space you could use a hanging storage system. You can use a small basket per person or keep all gloves in one basket, and hats in another, each method works well depending on your space.
- All other items are stored in wardrobes until needed.
- Put all wellies and boots on mud tray.
Try to keep the command center as streamlined as possible to help you to leave the house quickly and efficiently each morning.
The emptier this space is, the easier it will be for everyone to find their stuff when they need it.
Use this area to store anything needed to grab on the way out to school and work, to keep your mornings running smoothly read my post here
Keep your keys organised and easy to find on this magnetic key holder.
Organizing hats and gloves
Buy each child, several pairs of gloves in one plain colour, so when one glove goes missing you will always be able to make a pair.
All my daughter’s gloves are plain grey, and my son’s gloves are navy blue,
I usually buy several pairs each and typically end up with one full pair each at the end of the winter!
Family command centre ideas
- Hang coat hooks at a low level so your kids can hang up their own coats.
- Hang low hooks to store backpacks, lunch bags, and sports kits so children can be responsible for their own belongings
- Add a basket to your command centre to store things that need to be taken out of the house such as library books, borrowed items, shopping bags etc. make a point of emptying this basket every day!
- Add a schedule to the wall so everyone knows which kit they need for which day and can grab their belongings as they leave, you could even draw simple pictures for toddlers to follow.
Preparing for the cold weather
The end of the summer is a great time to start preparing for cold weather.
- Get your boiler checked and serviced
- Bleed the radiators
- Check your roof is watertight
- Clear out all the gutters
Preparing your car winter checklist.
You will need to prepare your car for the icy winter weather. As the temperature drops the risk of accidents increases as does the chances of getting stuck in traffic. Draw up a list of the things you will need on your commute to work or to see relatives and make sure you have them covered.
- Winter Tyres
- Ice Scraper
- Ready Mixed Antifreeze
- Soft Warm Car Blankets
- Water bottles
- Breakdown sign
- First aid kit
- Snow shovel
for tips on staying safe on the winter roads, you might like to read these 12 tips from the MET Office
You’re now ready for the big chill!
do you use a family command center? Let us know in the comments!
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