With Fall upon us, winter is just around the corner! And there are a lot of things you can do to prep for the coming weather and temperature before it’s too late.
I live in New England, so winter can come quick and it can come fast. We once had a massive snow storm that knocked out power for weeks in October, so it’s never too early to prep for the coming snow.
Pick Up Some Rock Salt/Snow Melt
There’s nothing worse than being stuck with an icy sidewalk and no deicer around to use. I live up a small hill in a condo area and even though it’s not very steep, with ice it can be almost impossible to get up.
I got stuck at the bottom one day after work and it took me almost twenty minutes to get up the hill because I was carrying things that were weighing me down.
Keep some in your home, and if you want, keep some in your car in case you get stuck out somewhere. You definitely don’t want to leave this off your pre-winter check list.
Make Sure Your Shovels Work
Besides not having snow melt in the middle of a winter storm, having your shovel break or fall apart while you’re mid-shoveling can really make things complicated.
If you only have one shovel, I recommend getting a second just to make sure you have a spare. There are a few things in life that you need spares of, and if you live in an area where it snows a lot, shovels are a good thing to have an extra of.
I also recommend keeping a small shovel in your car! You never know when you might need one on the go.
Bring in Your Deicer
You know what sucks?
Getting stuck outside your car because the handles have frozen shut and your deicer is stuck inside the car.
So make sure you have that next to your snow melt inside your house so it doesn’t get locked inside your car when you need it.
This is definitely something I won’t be forgetting from my pre-winter check list.
Check Your Snow Brushes
If you have a car, having snow brushes is a must have.
I had an incident a few years ago where my snow brush broke mid-cleaning off. It would have been a tragedy for me if I didn’t have a second one (a much worse brush, tbh) in my car.
So make sure you brushes are in your car, are in working order, and maybe even have a spare in the trunk if you want. This works for ice scrapers too.
Change Out Your Summer Clothes
If you have a big enough wardrobe, changing out you clothes is something you should do every season. There’s no need to have your summer clothes hanging in your closet, or at least front and center, in the middle of the winter.
I don’t have a large enough closet, so I keep all of my clothes the way they are, but there are a few big bulky sweaters that I keep in storage that take up too much room on the regular.
Change Your Bedding
I don’t know about you, but I put extra blankets on my bedding when it’s colder out. I keep them in my closet during the summer, so it’s time to take them out and put them on my bed between my sheet and my comforter.
If you do something similar, it’s time to break out the blankets and get your bed nice and cozy for the upcoming weather. Add one more to the pre-winter check list.
Prep Your Skin Care
The winter weather can do terrible things to our skin, so it’s time to start stocking up on your winter skin care favorites.
I make sure I have an abundance of heavy body lotions, and I use a heavier night cream as a day cream to brave the winter harshness.
I also make sure I have hydrating masks on hand for the occasional spa day.
Stock Up on Soup
Stock up on soups or soup ingredients! Soup is a staple of colder weather, so stocking up on things like rice, noodles, broths, and frozen veggies and proteins can make things so much easier when you wake up and discover it’s snowed overnight and you don’t want to head out to the store in the snow.
I personally keep my freezer stocked with chicken stock, frozen chicken, and frozen veggies at all times. This way I can simply throw everything in my slow cooker and leave it be for the day. A good have for your pre-winter check list.
Candles, Candles, Candles!
I don’t know what it is about the colder months, but it makes me want to light candles so much more than the warmer ones.
I like to have candles going when I get home from work, so it’s a no-brainer for me to want to stock up on my winter scented candles before everyone else is running out to get them in the middle of things.
Stock up on Baking Supplies
Who doesn’t like warm, fresh baked goods on a snowy day?
Make sure you cabinets are filled with the appropriate baking supplies that you know you like to have. Maybe even invest in a new pan or two if you think it’s time for that.
I don’t normally bake, but I Know it’s something people like to do. And you don’t want to be stuck in a snow storm without baking materials!
Do you have any other tips for a pre-winter check list? Let me know in the comments below!
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