The temperature here has dropped. By dropped, I mean dived head fist into the single digits. In the space of one week we have gone from having the fan on to digging out the blankets. As the seasons change so does our home. Different spaces need adapting, organising and replenishing.
When Organising for Winter I start with…..
Blankety Beds. I have two sets of bedding for the kids bedrooms. Winter and Summer. For Winter I replace their cotton fitted and top sheets with cozy flanellete. As I went to do this I realised this would be the first Winter Miss A was not in a cot! So I purchased these great basic flanellete sheet sets for her bed. For now I am leaving their coverlets on the bed and adding a thicker blanket on top. By July I know I will have to get out the thicker quilt covers.
Building On the Basics. This is a great time to restock the kids wardrobes with the basics. It has been a year since we have needed so many singlets and socks and in that time My Pigeon Pair have GROWN! For Master O I stock up on plain white singlets. These are great for under school uniforms. Little Miss A I can get a little fancier and get a range of white, pink, purple. I also restock their sock collection. I find multipacks offer the next value for money and I like to buy at least 5 pairs of socks each. Socks are a one wear item, take longer to dry and get extra filthy, hence needing 5 pairs! This time of year I also buy the kids a pair of new slippers each. To help extend the wrdrobe budget I also grab a few plain long sleeved shirts for layering. They can be worn under a summer pinafore dress, with a summer skirt or under a t-shirt, to give the summer wardrobes a little stretch into winter. With all of these new items coming into bedrooms it also important to cull the old!
Storage. Starting with the socks and singlets I sort, cull and store. Any socks that are too small, I donate. Any that are small but I think I could pass on to friends later, I store. I try to do this before buying anything new. It’s amazing to find that you have items that you had bought, not used and forgotten about! Unfortunately having a “pigeon pair” means that there is rarely anything to pass down, within our family! I also use this time to put cull, sort and store the past seasons clothes. Little Miss A actually had a whole contianer of clothes that I am sure will still fit this next summer! I simply took them out of her wardrobe and put them into a storage container. I labelled it with it’s sizes and season e.g Summer Size 3-4.
Vacuum bags are great for long term storage. Like the clothes that are too small to wear but to good to throw. But for clothes that we may need occasionally during the current season I like to use a plastic storage container. My trick is to buy a storage container smaller than I think I will need! It forces me to be more brutal with my culling and is easier to fit and lift on top of the wardrobes. I like the 15L ones from Target as they are sturdy, clear (not smokey) and have great lids. They are also only $7!!!
The bedrooms are now “Winterfied”with freshly made winter beds, to cosy up into on a cool night. Now if anyone knows how to keep “My Pigeon Pair” in their own cosy beds and out of mine let me know!
This is a SPONSORED POST. I was paid by Target to give my own opinion and advice on Organising for Winter.