When winter rolls around, some of us have the urge to hibernate. When the skies are grey and the nights go dark early, it can be hard to force yourself out of the door and out, even if you’re going to meet friends or to have fun. It’s important, then, to make sure that your home is perfectly prepared for winter.
Here are some tips on how you can do that…
Get Those Small DIY Jobs Done
Over the summer, it’s so easy to let a few of the small things slide. A lot of the time you go off on holiday for a couple of weeks, it feels as though there’s an endless round of BBQs and parties and festivals, and if you have kids then of course chances are you’ll be feeling slightly wrung out after a summer thinking desperately of ways to keep them entertained for six weeks. Now all the fuss is dying down a little, it’s time to turn your attention to what may have been neglected for the last month or so: your home. It’s important that you ensure that your roof is in great condition – naturally over the autumn and winter it rains a lot more than over the summer, and you want to ensure that you don’t have any leaks. Walk around the building to make sure that no tiles are missing, and if they are, hire a contractor to replace them – let’s face it, climbing a ladder onto your roof in blustery autumn conditions is something that only a professional is really qualified to do. You should also make sure that your guttering doesn’t get clogged, particularly as leaves start falling from the trees – this could lead to water spilling out of the guttering and damaging the walls of your home.
What About Your Garden?
It’s time to cut back any overgrown plants that made themselves known during the summer. Throw away dead flowers and clear out pots that are full of browning leaves, and plant evergreens instead so that you’ve got a little colour in your garden all year round. It’s particularly important to cut back any plants that are around your door – it’s a lot more secure to make sure that your windows and doors are visible so that nobody can hide close to them when it’s dark outside. You could also add motion sensor lights: not only will they make you feel more secure, but when it’s dark and you’re searching for your keys when you get home, you’ll feel extremely glad that there’s a light to show you the contents of your bag.
Keep Your Home Warm
Keeping your home warm and cosy is probably everyone’s top concern as summer turns into autumn. If there are any draughts going on, it may be hard to tell during the summer – so why not hold up a candle to your windows? If the flame flickers when it’s windy, chances are your window isn’t fitting its frame properly and it’s going to let cold air and damp in over the winter. Likewise, if your doors are letting in draughts, why not invest in a draught excluder? They’re also remarkably easy to make. If you need a heating overhaul, a wall heater might be a good idea – it’s great in terms of storage as you’ll still have the bottom of the wall, and it’s also extremely easy to set timings on newer heaters so you can come home to a lovely toasty house. Finally, now is the time of year to get your boiler serviced. Cold showers are bad at any time of year, but in winter they’re unbearable, so make sure that your hot water and boiler aren’t on the verge of giving up the ghost.
Spruce Up Your Bed
Is there a single feeling in the world that’s more delicious than getting into your gorgeous warm bed on a chilly winter’s night? It’s something that you can really afford to luxuriate in, particularly as we all start going to bed earlier and earlier as the nights start drawing in and getting darker earlier in the evening. Invest in new sheets – if you’re a hot sleeper, why not go for Tencel sheets? It’s a material that feels like silk and is moisture wicking, meaning that it’ll keep you cool during the summer too. You should also make sure that your pillows are good quality – pillows that are poor quality or that don’t suit you can give you bad neck and backache, and let’s face it, life is far too short for that. If you have sensitive skin, you could also try giving hypoallergenic pillows a try – you might find that you have fewer allergic reactions. Finally, if you have curly hair, silk pillowcases are a great idea. Cotton pillowcases soak up more moisture, meaning that they’ll leave your hair dry, but silk pillowcases will make it more soft and smooth, which is something that we can all do with over the colder months.
Create A Comfy Living Room
Let’s face it: the best autumn nights are often spent curled up on your sofa in the living room, watching Strictly and having very strong opinions about The Great British Bake-Off, so it’s time to make sure that your living room is as idyllic as possible. If you have wooden or tiled floors, put down a rug so your toes don’t get an icy shock every time they touch the ground and so that your floors are better insulated. Make sure that you secure the corners carefully so that they don’t get tripped over. Invest in cosy blankets for your sofa – knitted ones in pastel shades are timeless, but there are plenty of fuzzy ones in bright colours that are perfect to curl up beneath. Make sure that you have great lighting – you want to be able to read comfortably when it’s dark outside and you’ve got a nice seasonal thriller on the go.
Autumn isn’t everyone’s favourite time of year, but if your house is in good shape, you’ll be happy and cosy until spring rolls around again.
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