I grew up in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. I remember it snowing maybe one time and it melted as soon as it hit the ground. But we’ve spent the last 12 years of our married lives in Maryland and Colorado and have gotten to live in the snow. I don’t like driving in it but it sure is pretty when everything is covered in white and I love watch the snow fall . . . there’s something magical about it.
Here are some of our favorite things to make snow days a little easier:
1. A push broom instead of a snow shovel: When we get a small amount of dry, powdery snow, a push broom is much more effective, quicker, and easier than a snow shovel for clearing the driveway and sidewalks.
2. Laundry baskets for kids’ snow clothes: We keep the snow boots in a small laundry basket in the coat closet all year round. When we have snow on the ground, the basket sits by the back door so the kids can dump their boots and gloves as soon as they come inside from playing. When they head out to play, I also pull out my regular laundry basket for them to deposit coats and snow pants since those stay pretty clean and are only wet.
3. Shoe organizer for winter accessories: This shoe organizer hangs over the door on the inside of our coat closet year round and holds all the scarves, gloves, umbrellas, etc. All those smaller items that are easy to misplace. I had seen the idea several different places before I finally got one of my own and I have to say that whoever was the first person to come up with it was a genius!
4. Snow Slide: With 5 little kids, including a baby on oxygen, taking the kids sledding is a tough thing to do. But we also don’t want our kids to miss out on all that fun. So, when we have the right kind of snow (wet snow that will stick together), you can find my husband outside shoveling all the snow off the yard into a slide. The kids love it and I usually get to stay inside and watch from the window!