We live in an area that typically sees two or three good snowstorms a year. Children and snow are pretty much inseparable, so despite the extra work it takes to get them all dressed in their snow clothes and get them out the door and then back in the door, I do it because I love to see the pure joy on their rosy-cheeked faces!
A few years ago, I devised a plan to make the snowy day festivities a little more Mommy-friendly. Today, I want to share this plan with you and also find out how you handle the snow clothes in your house.
Every year, I pull out all the snow clothes we own. This means all the snowsuits, bibs, pants and coats, along with the waterproof boots and gloves and the stocking caps end up in a great big pile on the floor. By the way, almost all the snow clothes we own have been handed down to us (so very grateful for a sister who took her son snow skiing as a child!)
I then make individual piles for each child. Each child gets a set of waterproof clothing, gloves, boots, and sometimes a coat and hat depending on what kind of snowsuit they have.
Once I have everyone outfitted, we try things on to make sure they fit and make a list of anything we are missing…often it’s gloves that are missing (I have a waterproof glove issue about like I have a lost sock issue). Because I almost always forget to put together the snow clothes BEFORE a snow storm, if we are missing anything, I usually find a way to improvise and send them out anyway. 😉
When they come back in, I have them take everything off right inside the door while standing on what we call “junk towels.” These are towels we keep on hand for dirty jobs and spills. I usually let them pile everything except boots, and I come back later and lay things out a bit better.
We also have a tradition of hot chocolate after snow play. I boil a tea kettle of water and line up the cups and they all sit around the table and warm up with their cocoa.
Once the clothes have dried, they go in a huge plastic tub labeled Snow Clothes with the year. I just change the label every year. I keep this tub easily accessible and all the other non-fitting snow clothes go into storage.
Every time it snows, out comes the Snow Clothes Tub! No more hassle and headache!