Weekend Projects

This Weekend: Shed Some of Your Winter Weight

updated Jul 17, 2020
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Here in Missouri, temps are fluctuating wildly right now while Mother Nature decides if spring is really here for good. But the worst is behind us, and I no longer need my heavy coat, wool sweaters, and other extra padding. So begins the seasonal process of dismissing winter necessities from duty, before moving on to what we’ll need in their stead.

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This Weekend’s Assignment: All the sweaters and scarves that kept you warm this winter worked really hard. Now set them up to hibernate, all clean and cozy in storage, while you move on to lighter fare for spring.

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Wash Your Winter-Weight Bedding: When you start to sweat in bed at night, swap out your heavy bedding for lighter stuff. Ditch the down, fling off the flannel, and cast off the wool. Just keep some lighter layers nearby until you no longer need those either. Before you pack them away, however, give them a good cleaning so they’ll be ready to go again in the fall.

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Clean Your Heavy Winter Clothing, Gear & Accessories: The same goes for your sweaters, hats, scarves, and coats. Some of these might need some TLC, so drop off a pile of stuff at your favorite dry cleaners, and bone up on your hand washing skills.

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Start The Seasonal Swap: Tuck away your newly-washed bedding and winter clothing somewhere out-of-sight where they’ll live safe and sound (without fear of moths!) until it’s cold again. This might mean getting creative with your storage solutions!

→ Unexpected Benefits of Packing Away Clothes Seasonally

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. If you only get a chance to run to the dry cleaners, pat yourself on the back anyway. Because you just crossed something off your to-do list!

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And give Javier a round of applause for his new kitchen pegboard, which he finished up a couple of days ago. Now he’s got storage for days!

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Check out the 2016 Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access Weekend Project ideas and download our March Home Checklist if you haven’t already. It’s a great, low-pressure way to keep your life running smoothly and maintain a happy & healthy home!