8 ways to prepare your home for winter
Autumn days are with us and while the trees are putting on their finest colours, it’s time to get organised for a snug and cosy winter before the temperatures drop with the leaves…
1. Dust all the corners of the house that you don’t normally get to and think about putting conkers or a spritz of anti-spider spray in places that spiders like to rest, so they have no reason to hibernate with you. Wipe down the frames of windows that now need to be closed and clean out the grooves of double glazed units to ensure they close easily again.
2. Damp days mean muddy shoes, wellies and paws that will make floors much harder to keep clean. Placing a good quality, absorbent doormat at each entry point to your home will help you keep the great outdoors, well, outdoors.
3. Drape a cosy throw over each comfy chair in your living room so that you can snuggle up and keep warm even on days when you can’t be bothered to light a fire or if you’re trying to keep those heating bills down. If you really feel the cold, our heated throws will certainly keep you nice and toasty. And if you don’t like climbing into a cold bed (who does?), a heated blanket will make a world of difference.
4. Sort out summer clothes, sending the least favourite articles to charity shops, and storing anything you want to keep for next summer safely away. Popping them in a vacuum bag will not only keep them protected, but it’ll save you lots of space, too.
5. Unpack stored winter-weight duvets and blankets, then wash and pack away lightweight things in their place. Pop a Moth Stop Sachet in with your summer bedding to keep them lavender fresh and safe from pesky moths.
6. Think about how you’re going to dry laundry on short, soggy days – do you have an indoor airer that’s up to the job? Our Dry:Soon heated airers are a great option if you want to speed up the drying process without ending up with all your radiators covered in unsightly laundry, muffling valuable heat.
7. Outside you’ll need to keep leaves swept off the garden paths so they don’t get slippery – they make great compost for future planting. Gutters and drains need checking so they don’t block up and outdoor taps need wrapping up or turning off at the stop-cock so that they don’t freeze.
8. Finally, dig out all the recipes for family favourites. Fruit cakes and spicy biscuits that are perfect to share with friends and a cuppa on a dreary day, and a slow cooker is just the thing for hearty casseroles and comforting meals; chuck your ingredients in in the morning and come home to a delicious winter warmer ready for you to tuck in.
Looks like a busy autumn in the offing! But a little work now will make the short days of winter seem so much more enjoyable…