There are several things that need to be done now to get you ready for a new season of hobbies and outdoor fun.
- Store winter clothes away carefully. It’s never any fun to pull out sweaters, coats, hats and gloves on the first day of winter and discover spots and stains. Clean your winter clothes now before you store them. Clean off your winter boots and make sure you aren’t storing mud. Check your pockets to make sure there are no tubes of chapstick or hand creams that might melt in the summer heat. Find matches for gloves before you store them away. If you store one glove by itself, you may not have the match by next winter.
- Check sizes and look for clearance. Check kids’ winter clothes before you store them away. Young kids grow fast. If a sweater or coat just barely fits now, then you may want to pass it on to a younger friend or family member. Make note of what items are missing for the next season. If your child has outgrown the coat they wore this year and you know you’ll need one for next year, don’t rely on your memory. Put a note on your phone or your refrigerator listing the sizes you need to be looking for. Now is a great time to find coats, sweaters, hats and gloves on clearance at many stores and resale shops.
- Get motivated for summer clothes. Pull out your summer shorts, tank tops or swimsuit and try them on. If you find you have added a few extra pounds during the winter months, it’s better to find out now than on the first day of summer. You still have two full months before summer break. You can make some changes in your diet and exercise so you will be able to wear your summer clothes when it is time.
- Check batteries and emergency supplies. When the seasons change it is a great time to go through and check your batteries, flashlights and emergency supplies. Spring often brings thunderstorms, tornado watches and possible power outages. Be prepared ahead of time by making sure you have flashlight batteries handy in case you need them.
- Find spring break fun close to home. Spring break doesn’t have to involve an elaborate, expensive trip to the beach or exotic locations. Find options for family fun on the “State by State Vacation Ideas” page on Hobbies on a Budget. Each of the 50 states has reviews of attractions such as museums, parks, hotels and historical sites. The destinations are divided by city and give real people’s opinions of the different places you might be interested in visiting. There also is a handy guide telling you how much money you will need to shell out to visit the various attractions. http://hobbiesonabudget.com/vacationideas/
- Win tickets to LEGO Kids Fest in Louisville next weekend! The LEGO KidsFest is set for April 5-7 and is filled with interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family. There will be LEGO & DUPLO Construction Zones, dozens of large-scale and miniature LEGO models and displays, LEGO Games, group builds and LEGO Master Builders.
Visit www.hobbiesonabudget.com to see how you can win a pair of tickets for this great event for the LEGO lover in your family. Tickets sell out quickly. To ensure your spot at this event, visit http://www.legokidsfest.com/ to purchase your tickets online.
What are you doing to get ready for spring? I’d love to hear your tips and ideas!
Sharon Williams blogs about hobbies and life at Hobbies on a Budget. (www.hobbiesona budget.com)