As the days get shorter and the mornings crisper, it’s a sign that winter is indeed coming. But before the cold weather sets in, it’s a good idea to make some changes around your home so that you’re prepared for the coldest of winter days.
- Change your bedding: Get your winter bedding sorted now so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night trying to find extra blankets to keep yourself warm. Launder and store away your summer sheets and make your bed with wool blankets and throws that help keep you cosy and warm.
- Make sure windows are sealed: Do what you can to seal around your windows so that they don’t let the cold air in. You might also like to switch over to heavier curtains in the winter months to help your home retain heat.
- Assess your winter wardrobe: If you haven’t already, you’ll want to start going through the back of your closet and bringing out your winter gear, while packing away any summer gear you’re unlikely to be wearing for awhile. It’s best to do this before it starts getting too cold so that you’re not frantically searching through the house for your winter woollies when you actually need them.
- Choose the right heating: There’s a plethora of heating options out there, and the best one for you is likely to depend on the size of your home and on what will fit into your budget. Just keep in mind that some of the cheaper heating systems are cheaper because they use more energy, which could end up costing you a lot more in the long run. So assess your needs and consider the long-term costs of the heating solution you choose.
- Clean out the kitchen: If you still have Easter eggs or old Christmas puddings sitting at the back of the fridge then now might be the time to throw them out. Go through your fridge, freezer and pantry and throw away anything expired or that won’t be eaten. You’ll want to make room for healthy vegetables and snacks to get you through the winter months.
- Clear away outdoor furniture: Don’t let your summer outdoor furniture sit around all winter and gather dirt and grime. Instead, if you don’t plan on using it throughout winter then clean it and either cover it up or find a place to store it.
- Check your smoke alarms: With heaters comes an increased fire risk, which means that you need to ensure your home and family are safe. So check your fire alarm is in working order and that the batteries don’t need replacing. It’s also worth going over your home fire escape plan with everyone in the house so you all know what to do if the worst was to happen.