This is a sponsored post written for Vicks Humidifiers. I was compensated and provided complimentary products for this post. All opinions are my own.
Here in Florida, the term “winterizing” just doesn’t have the same meaning it does in much of the country. Most of us don’t have to test the flue and sweep the chimneys on our fireplaces, we don’t have to weatherproof our windows and inspect our pipes for weak spots in case they freeze. The only chains we have to worry about putting on our cars are the ones we use to secure our boat trailer when we tow it to the ramps. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have some special preparations that need to be done to get ready for winter, especially when you are a parent. Chances are that you are going to be doing a lot of traveling this winter and that means you are going to be bringing home a lot more than what you are expecting, whether it be the carful of presents from doting grandparents to the seasonal cold your kids pick up from playing in the dirt with all their little relatives.
Here are some tips inspired by Vicks to help you get your kid’s room “winterized” for the upcoming holiday season:
Purge the toy box: In an ideal world, all of your children’s toys remain neatly organized in color-coded bins sorted by type of toy and size. In reality, however, cleaning your kids’ room consists of taking everything off the floor and throwing it into one big toy box. As this process is repeated over and over, those toys begin to stratify themselves like lake bed deposits with the very bottom layers becoming forgotten forever. Since it was probably 12 months since you last thinned out the menagerie of deflated soccer balls and army men, that box is probably getting close to overflowing thanks to birthday parties and random trips to the toy store over the course of the year.
Now is the perfect time to thin out that toy box because as soon as the wrapping paper is off all those shiny new toys this holiday season, the old toys currently scattered around the floor are going to be slowly relegated to the lower levels of toy purgatory. Start a donation box for all those toys that probably haven’t even seen the light of day for the last few months and take it to your local thrift shop. Not only will you be clearing out room for the incoming toy haul thanks to their spoil-happy relatives, you might also make a better holiday for those less fortunate.
Next up, closets: Since you are already gathering stuff up to be donated, it is only logical to also use that opportunity to thin out kids clothing while you are at it. If you are like most parents, there is probably a section of cold-weather clothes that are occupying closets or drawers left over from last season that you held onto “just in case a cold front comes through in March” or because “depending on growth spurts it might still fit them next year.”
Like toys, clothes are a popular gift for kids, especially from extended circles of friends and family members so you are going to have to make room anyway. Family gatherings also are a perfect opportunity to hand down old clothes to relatives with kids that are just a bit younger than your own. I come from a very big extended southern family where most of my cousins starting popping out the kids around the same time as my own so it is pretty safe to say we have always have someone who could use some-hand-me-downs. Since you are already rooting around in the closet, now is a good time to break out the warmer blankets (in Florida, these are those ones that usually only get used for three or for weeks every year) and space heaters (again since it only gets down to the 60 most nights, running the central heat isn’t really necessary).
If blankets and winter clothes have been sitting in the closet for the past 11 months, it might be good idea to give them a good run through the washing machine to get out any musty smells that may have accumulated.
Clean and disinfect everything: As you are putting away toys and putting warmer bedding down, this is a perfect time to make sure that everything is cleaned and disinfected. This is even true of toys and clothes you plan to donate or pass along to relatives. For toys that are being kept, wipe them down with bleach or other germ-killing cleaner so that on the off chance they do get rediscovered in a few months, they won’t still be carrying last season’s collection of germs and bacteria. Since you are probably changing the sheets on your kids bed when you swap out their bedding, now is a perfect time to steam clean that mattress —or at least hose it down really well with disinfectant.
With cold and flu season just around the corner, it is important not to allow those pesky germs and viruses and place to gain a foothold. However…
Be prepared when they do: No matter how much you prepare, there is a pretty good chance you are going to bring home more than leftovers from a holiday get-together — usually your out-of-town nephew’s head cold which will quickly spread to every member of you household. Fortunately for us, we are “winterized” for just this sort of thing thanks to a Vicks Winter Wellness Package. Vicks cool and warm mist humidifiers are helpful in attaining proper humidity levels in your home – which can reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air – and increase your wellness all year round.
Included in our package:
- Vicks Mini Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier – Provides soothing, visible mist for temporary relief of cough and congestion symptoms. Proper humidity levels in your home – which can reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air – increase your wellness all year round.(MSRP $42.99)
- Vicks Vapopads – Provide up to 8 hours of soothing menthol vapors per pad. (MSRP $14.99)
- Protec Humidifier Cleaning Fish – Features a patented antimicrobial, Aqua stat, that helps keeps your humidifier cleaner, longer. It helps kills up to 99% of odor causing bacteria. (MSRP $8.99)
- Vicks Humidity Monitor – The digital hygrometer displays a room’s temperature and humidity level to help provide information you need to control your environment. (MSRP $16.99)
- Vicks SmartTemp Digital Thermometer – The thermometer and free downloadable app makes it easy to take and track temperature readings for the entire family. (MSRP $24.99)
- Vicks Vaporub – A topical cough medicine with medicated vapors. (MSRP $5.49 – $6.49)
- Puffs Plus with Vicks Tissues – The perfect tissue for when sore or runny noses need some extra softness. That little dab of lotion goes a long way to calm the most sensitive skin through a cold, flu, or allergies. (MSRP $1.29 – $12.99)
Have you ever wondered how to keep your humidifier clean? The Protec Cleaning Fish reduces up to 99% of odor causing bacteria, unsightly mold and algae growth versus untreated humidifier surfaces for up to 30 days – just drop in your humidifier tank!
Use VapoPads with cool or warm mist humidifiers to provide soothing Menthol or Sleepytime Rosemary and Lavender scented vapors for up to eight hours of comfort.
You can win a Vicks Winter Wellness Package to help you “winterize” your kid’s room. You can also pick up your own Vicks Humidifier by checking out Walmart’s page. Leave a comment to enter to win!
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