Autumn has arrived at last and the cooler weather is the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch wrapped in a blanket with a cup of hot
chocolate and a nice long book. It’s the time to prepare for the colder winter months to make it easier when winter does arrive. Here are a few tips to prep your home for winter while the weather is just starting to cool down.
#1 – Electric blankets.
When stored correctly electric blankets can last for a while, but when stored incorrectly, fraying in the cord and small breaks in the heating component can make the perfect conditions for a fire. Every year check to see if the blanket and cords are still intact and in working order.
#2 – Wood and electric heaters.
We all love warm homes but when it comes to cleaning out the ashes of the wood heaters or filters we can be a bit forgetful. Even though the weather is still a bit warm for heaters at the moment, it is a good time to clean out the filters of the heaters and sweep out the ashes. It is also a good idea to get your wood early so you are not caught out when it turns cold quickly.
#3 – Winter Clothes.
It happens all the time, that favourite jumper that you have had for 4 years that has kept you warm, but when you go to put it on you have had a sudden growth spurt in your arms and now the sleeves are just too short. When your clothes get too small instead of throwing them out put them in a box or a plastic bag and take them down to the local Salvation Army, Lifeline and Vinnies stores. They can help make someone else a little bit warmer during these colder months.
#4 – Pet hair!
For anyone who owns a cat, dog or even a horse, they will know the familiar sight of hair and fur on their clothes. There is a simple
way to rid your clothes of the hair and fur and that is by keeping a lint roller or brush handy, but with cats who love to snuggle up in the cupboard on top of the freshly ironed clothes a good tip is to keep your cupboards closed so they can’t get in.
These are a few tips to help you prepare for winter, hope you find them useful.
By Georgia Grenfell