9 Tips For Organizing Winter Gear

- By: Joshua Onysko

9 Tips For Organizing Winter Gear

Organasm (noun): a pleasurable feeling that arises from the act of organizing things.

Happy almost winter. Remember that feeling, after a snow day, when you arrive home, muscles pleasingly tired, belly ravenously hungry, body in need of a soak in warm water, and mind ready to rest beside a roaring fire? To us, this anticipatory moment (almost) matches the one just before taking the first powder run of the season.

And then there’s the gear. Scrambling to find all your winter stuff after many months of not thinking about it is a bummer. Getting to your destination to find you’ve forgotten one glove or an important layer is an inconvenience (and usually expensive). Dealing with a mountain of soggy stuff when you get home from your snow day is the opposite of pleasure. 

We’ve got a system for this. With a little proper planning, you can circumvent the winter gear bummer-factor once and for all. Take it from an organasm addict: never again do you have to spend an hour searching for your stuff the night before the first big snow fall. It’s possible to make it to the slopes every time with all your gear intact. At the end of a long day, you don’t have to endure floor-damaging puddles or clothes that permanently smell like wet sheep all winter. All you need is a little organization game. 

These are our top nine tricks for organizing winter gear like a boss:

1. Buy gear bags for each season. Summer gear goes in the summer bag, winter in the winter bag, etcetera.  Develop the habit of storing your equipment in them until the season arrives, and it will all be there when you’re ready to use it again.

2. Once winter arrives and the snow has fallen, set up a system for your footwear. Place your wet, muddy, snowy boots on a cooling rack (normally used for baking) that rests inside a waterproof tray by the door. This will allow the mud and snow to melt off while sparing your floor.

3. Keep your indoor shoes on a higher shelf by the front door. This helps them stay dry and separate from wet outdoor stuff and they remain easily reachable when you come home.

4. Invest in a proper clothes drying rack for wet gear. Return your gear back to the gear bag once it dries.

5. Skis, snowshoes, and snowboards actually make great wall art if you place them on the right rack in an artful location. This organizational technique is especially worthy if you live in a small space that doesn’t have a gear closet or garage.

6. Invest in a boot dryer. You won’t regret it, especially during ski season.

7. Keep plenty of dry towels at the door, rolled nicely on a shelf, as if it’s a spa. This is an adulting habit that you, your guests, and your dogs will appreciate. The towels can be used for mopping puddles, wiping paws, quick clean ups and for placing under your dripping gear while it dries on your new clothes drying rack.

8. Cull your stuff. Go Marie Kondo on your winter gear and jettison what you don’t use. Let go of the broken things you’ve been holding onto for years because you think you’ll fix them one day (metaphor alert). Same with the gloves and socks that are missing a mate. Donate the old gear you have upgraded. Release the unworn clothes that don’t “spark joy.” 

9. This is the most important tip of all. At the end of the season, put $40 in your winter bag with the rest of your gear. Use it to buy the first round on the first ski day the following year.

Getting outside is one of our main permitted pleasures these days. We say, do it often, even if it’s cold. With apologies to whomever first said, “There’s no bad weather, just bad clothes,” we say, “There is no lost gear, just poor organizational techniques.” 

Wishing you a season full of fresh powder and many organasms.

image credit: @mgshannon