Getting Ready For Winter 2016 -2017

Winter is the longest season we have in Canada. It is not a longer season in months than any of the other seasons. Because it generally starts in the middle of fall and runs into spring, it makes it feel like its six months of winter.

I am offering you a few suggestions to help you get through those long nights and very short days of winter. As you know getting your finances in order is essential but also is planning for the changes that happen as we go through life.

Today we started with a balmy 13 degrees. Yes fall is here and winter is coming. I know you must be thinking I should find something else to do instead of writing about those cold mornings that are sure to come.

There are few things we need to prepare for the cold winter days ahead.

Take some time this weekend and go through your coat closet. Check all your fall and winter coats and jackets for loose buttons, torn pockets, broken hems or those that are just ready for the dump. Select the ones you did not use last winter. Do you really think you are going to use them this season? Make a pile of those to keep and those to donate or chuck. What about your winter or fall boots, are they still wearable, or should they be sent to the shoemaker for a new set of heels? If they are too scuffed and you did not use them last year, make a choice to donate or trash them.

Now let’s see what we can do in the clothes closet. This is also a great time to dispose of the summer clothes you did not wear this summer. Remember donate or trash no other rule.    The fall and winter garments. Take everything out of your closets spread them on the bed on the floor wherever you can find space. All the sweaters, tops, slacks, jeans, yoga pants check them out and go through the very same process you did for your coats. Too tight, to big, torn, buttons missing, need cleaning or have not worn since you were two sizes smaller.   Make the same pile, keep, donate or trash. Immediately placed those to donate and trash in bags. When this is done, go through the keep pile again and sort out those for cleaning or laundering at home. This will take the better part of a Sunday afternoon so I recommend that you put on some music, pour a glass of wine and get busy.

Once you have your items in the bags the next big step is to take them out of the house. The sooner this is done the better you will feel. Take the donate pile to a recycling depot or call one of the charities and they will be pleased to be able to pick them up from your home. Plan to take the pieces you will be wearing early in the season to the cleaners first. Plan this carefully as cleaning bills are extremely high. You will have to make sure you only take the pieces you need and can afford to pick up at the cleaners before a major storm comes calling.

After doing all of this you might need to replace some items. The stores are starting their fall and winter sales. Those of you with a clothing allowance this is a great time to benefit from sales and refit your wardrobe.

Now that you have those wonderful tips, I urge you to take advantage of some of them to get yourself ready for our longest season.

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