Family in snow

 

The first snowfall signals the beginning of many wonderful things – snowball fights, holiday shopping, mugs of hot cocoa, and all the snowmen you can build. It also signals snowy driveways, cold nights, and windshield scraping sessions. Use these easy tips to save yourself time and money, making this holiday season the jolliest yet.

Ready, Set, Snow!

woman diving into snow

Organizing

Shoveling snow can be tiring, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Prepare ahead of time by organizing your shed or garage so that your winter gear is accessible. First things first, say goodbye to your gardening tools, beach chairs, and summer toys. You’ll see them again soon (we pinky swear), but you don’t need them blocking your way to the shovels when you’re trying to clear the driveway before work.

One helpful trick when organizing is to set up a tool rack on the wall. This will keep your tools from cluttering the floor or getting water damage from melting snow. If your garage mimics Tim Taylor’s garage from Home Improvement, and you have more tools than you know what to do with, fear not – Runnings carries a variety of tool boxes. You can also use totes for toys, pool supplies, and any other gadgets you might have laying around.

Furnace Prep and Weatherproofing

To keep your home toasty warm be sure to change your furnace filters every couple of months, especially before the first snowfall. Replacing the filter is fairly simple, just follow these 3 easy steps!

  1. Turn off your furnace, remove the current filter, and look for an arrow on the filter which indicates the direction of airflow. It can be helpful to draw an arrow on the outside of the filter in permanent marker indicating the airflow direction so you’ll know which way to insert the new filter. Once you’ve taken the old filter out, find out what size it is by looking at the numbers printed on the frame.
  2. Find the right replacement! There are different filters suited to different needs. The Filtrete™  Ultra Allergen Reduction Filter is a great replacement because it attracts and captures harmful bacteria and dust particles.
  3. Install your new filter. Look at the markings you made and slide your filter back in place facing the right direction. Cover it back up and write down the date to keep a record of how often you are changing it.

 

Weatherproofing is also a very helpful way to prepare for the first snowfall. Keep the cold outside where it belongs with easy application weatherstrip seals on your windows and doors! Finally, check that all of your heaters are working properly and bust out those comfy winter blankets. You’ll be glad to have them once the temperatures start dropping!

mom wrapping scrarf around boys faceWinter weather gear – Do you have all of the winter essentials for you and the family? Or are some new sizes needed? Runnings has a great selection of winter gear ranging from gloves, hats, and scarves to boots, socks, and outerwear.Winter Weather Gear

Itasca™ Adventurer 11" Winter Chore BootOne of the best ways to stay warm in the winter is to dress in layers. The women’s Storm Creek™ Shayla Soft Shell Jacketis a great addition under any winter coat. It is designed to keep you warm and dry no matter how awful the chill. It also comes in three great colors: storm blue, nightshade, and cranberry. The holidays are a great time for giving gifts, but there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, too!

For the adventurers out there, the men’s Itasca™  Adventurer 11″ Winter Chore Boot is the perfect addition to your winter collection. Make your winter chores more enjoyable with Thermolite insulation and lightweight outsoles that will keep your feet feeling happy even when buried under five feet of snow.

Even the kids can sport fun, new winter apparel with Runnings’ matching boy and girl John Deere Tractor Fair Isle Winter Hats!

John Deere Tractor Fair Isle Winter Hats John Deere Tractor Fair Isle Winter Hats

Holiday Decorations

Once everything is organized, weatherproofed, and set up it’s time to have some fun. Dig out your winter decorations and keep them handy for the holidays. Set up your favorite lights and ornaments. You can even bring the festivities indoors this year with art that will light up your world – literally! Get yourself some holiday themed canvas art with embedded LED lights. Just remember that if you are setting up your lights early this year, please don’t plug them in until the celebrations begin.

Now that you’re prepared, all there’s left to do is let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

bear playing guitar and singing

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow