I Failed At Winter Glove Stockpiling

I am always on the lookout for a better way to do things as a mom.

More effective. More efficient. Just more.

When I stumbled upon another mom’s suggestion to buy several pairs of the same gloves at year end, I thought that was sheer brilliance.

Bright Idea

If one gets lost, you can swap it out for another one. Crisis averted.

Because I am a quick understudy, I did exactly that. Scored three pairs of black/blue waterproof gloves.

Entered this winter season practically invincible.

Even my most frequent loser (los·er: noun 1. a person who permanently misplaces items their mama purchases) would not be able to thwart this well-stocked glove collection.

Apparently I was wrong.

Winter Gloves

In spite of my best efforts to stockpile gloves, my son lost all 3 right-hand gloves.

So, does anyone have a DIY project that involves 3 lefties?

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  1. Theresa says:

    Too funny! My son constantly loses gloves and running shoes. At least gloves are relatively cheap to replace.

    I like the snow man idea 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    Would you beleive me if I told you THE EXACT SAME THING happened at my house?! CRAZY!! lol

  3. Marianne says:

    I love mitts attached with strings … my daughter never lost hers when those were the only mitts she had. We’ve had more trouble this winter since she outgrew the ones with strings. There are clips you can get that attach the mitts at the wrists, but I find they make it a little harder to tuck the mitts inside the coat sleeves.
    I know some parents have concerns about the mitts on strings catching on something and causing the child harm when they pull and don’t let go. When my kids were little, I had strings make of light fleece or yarn that let go when enough pressure was applied ot them, so it didn’t make a difference. The good pair of mitts my older daughter had didn’t have this feature, and I’ve at times felt uneasy about it. For next year, I’m going to attempt making my own cord for her mitts using the quick-release mechanism from children’s lanyards (designed to hold keys or whistles around their necks, but release when weight or pressure is put on them). I’m just not sure if I’ll be able to sew them to the new mitts, or if I should use the mitten clips to attach them. If anyone has any suggestions I’d be happy to hear them!

  4. Angela says:

    I feel your pain!!!

  5. Sarah says:

    Hilarious! As a Kindergarten Teacher I feel your pain. X 26!! Oh Spring – please hurry!

  6. Mereille Kay says:

    Move to Vancouver BC- we did not have much of a winter this year and so we lost NO gloves…yes you read that correctly- none!
    It was a BC miracle 🙂

  7. Kris says:

    Whenever we go to our kids’ school for an activity, we go straight to the lost and found and look for those stray mitts and gloves. More often than not, we come back with at least one thing that belongs to our family. I suggest checking at school…the 3 righties are probably there. lol

    I save the partner-less mitts and gloves through the winter and if the other one doesn’t show up by the time I put winter wear back in storage, they go in the garbage. Otherwise, I’d end up with a box full of odd mitts and gloves!! 🙂

  8. teachermum says:

    The lost thing doesn’t seem to happen here as much as two fingers on the right hand always wearing out! So I can’t help at all! I do like though that Dollarama and Giant Tiger have fairly decent waterproof-ish gloves for cheap. The pain isn’t so bad then!

  9. Carrie H says:

    We bought 2 pairs ($7-10 each) thinking great were set – First week at school lost both pairs. Was at dollarramma and guess what they had winter gloves just like your pictured ones for $3 each. I bought 5 pairs and were down to 2 pairs.

  10. sarah says:

    Lol thats too funny with 4 kids i feel your pain! I was just thinking everyday i see kids now (and adults, lets be honest) wearing totally different colored socks…..why not different gloves? start a new fashion 🙂

    good luck!

  11. Virginia says:

    I bought a bunch of the cheapie cloves a the dollar store all in the same colour for wearing to school. At times when it actually snows, I put an extra pair in my sons bag in case they get wet. I buy one good thick pair for each child (or hand them down to the next) for when we go tobogganing or they play out side and get colder but are far less likely to lose them.

  12. Anne says:

    Been there, done that. My kids are now grown. At the end of the season I used buy several of the same gloves for this exact situation. It works for socks too. I would always buy several packages of the same socks so there was always a replacement instead of having to throw out a sock.

    • Karen says:

      I love the sock idea. Much better to buy exact same plain socks. At least they don’t make left-footed socks 🙂

  13. D says:

    Laughed our loud at your post!!! We are stockpilers of mittens/gloves/hats too… with 4 monkeys it seems like someone is constantly misplacing so I can relate. The key is to purchase a CRAZY number at end of season bargain prices… only then you will be invincible (and Murphy’s law is usually when you buy too tons of one thing no one will lose anything). Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Glad to make you smile. Misery loves company. Will definitely buy a crazier number to stock up properly. Better start watching for deals!

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