As the snow falls, and a chilly, brisk breeze surrounds you, one thing is for certain—winter is here. With the seasonal staples come many essential survival items, needed until the colors of spring and warmer temperatures begin to emerge.
Below are a few considerations to help you meet your most basic winter needs, as you layer up, stock and organize.
1. Determine Dedicated Spaces
With organization, simple processes become easier. Have a central location for winter item storage, and communicate this with the other members of your household. Implement a label system for quick reference and to eliminate confusion.
A universal understanding of where items are kept ensures they can be found when needed most.
2. Group Like Items Together
As you plan out dedicated spaces, think of your items in terms of groups that meet specific needs. Going out for winter walk, or need to shovel the driveway? You’ll need a hat, gloves and scarf—maybe a shovel, too. Keep these items close together.
This allows you to quickly grab and go, and avoid excess time spent in search of particular items. Remember, winter weather increases travel time, and can naturally slow down daily processes. Anything you can do to increase personal efficiency during these tasks is a huge help.
3. Consider Winter Needs
Winter, as with any season, brings a unique set of challenges. When facing cold, wind and potentially hazardous road conditions, the right supplies can make all the difference. Make a list of the items needed to successfully navigate the winter blast, including:
- Picks and/or Scrapers
- Gloves or Mittens
- Fireplace Care Items (if applicable)
4. Stock Up for the Storm
Winter weather can come out of nowhere, so it’s a good idea to always be prepared. Once you’ve identified your dedicated spaces, and groups of like items, always keep winter essentials stocked up.
Lose a mitten? Replace it. Keep tabs on inventory and maintain peace of mind that when the storm hits you’ll be ready.
How do you keep track of winter essentials? Share additional tips or thoughts in the comment section below.
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