02 May 2014

It's Time to Get Your Winter Wardrobe Ready

There are plenty of things to do to prepare for winter. The house needs tending to, gardens need to be tidied, and it is time to batten down the hatches for a cold wintery season. And you need to think about getting your winter wardrobe ready. Without having your wardrobe winter ready, you may just find yourself standing out in the cold.

Start by taking an good inventory of what you have and what you may need. As with any change, it is a great idea to take inventory early on rather than wait to the last minute. When you wait to the last minute, you know what happens. You can't find what it is that you need when you need it.

Take some time to check on your most important outerwear. We all have scenarios where we can only find one winter boot. We know that the washing machine eats our socks; however, where does that winter boot go? Take the time to see what boots still fit the children. Putting their boots on after suiting them up in their parka, hat, scarf, and gloves is not a good time to find out that they grew a size or two.

Just as boots can separate themselves with one winding up in the laundry and the other in the garage, so can gloves, hats, and scarves. Take a little time early on, and it will return rewards two fold.

When you have an idea of what you need to buy you can start shopping. Start at home first. Did you buy at the end of last winter? Get those things out and make sure they fit. If they are too small you can put the away for the next child down, pass them on to a friend, sell them or donate them.

If you shop early enough, you will be able to find the best selection at the greatest prices. Shopping early gives you the advantage of shopping where you want and when you want without having to settle for the last pair of neon coloured gloves in a half size too small.

Shopping early also gives you the advantage of shopping around. You can leisurely stroll through the stores, check out their prices and selection, and make a frugal decision.

While you are taking inventory, check to see if buttons are in tact and zippers are working. There is nothing more frustrating than to find that a perfectly good coat has a broken zipper. A broken zipper is not the end of the world and is a cheap fix for a good coat. However, if you are heading out the door only to find your zipper is broken, you will feel the chill.

Waterproofing work boots before winter sets in is another great way to repair winter wear that is perfectly good. Doing it early on gives the boots a chance to dry before heading out into winter’s way. You can buy waterproofing solutions from cobblers and most good shoe stores and it's well worth taking the time to waterproof school shoes,  boots and runners while you are at it give winter jackets and a coat.

With a little preparation and some strategy, your winter wardrobe will be up and running in no time.

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