When the temperatures turn chilly we all tend to hibernate in our homes. Knowing that I’ll be spending more time indoors over the next few months, I like to plan ahead and prep my home for the coming long winter. To make your space more liveable, here are some simple de-cluttering and organization tips.
MAKE SPACE FOR WINTER
It’s time to put away all of your summer items like jackets, running shoes, hats, golf clubs and tennis rackets. I like to clean everything first and use a storage space where moisture won’t get at them. Then I have room to stock up on bulkier winter items, like coats, hats and boots.
Use the basement as much as possible for storage and look for simple cabinets that help make the rotation of summer to winter items easy.
MAKE AN ENTRANCE
Identify the key entrance in your home that you will use most often, whether it’s the front or back door, so you can prepare it for snow and ice. I always place a rough matt made of wood or rubber at the door so everyone can wipe mud, snow and salt from their boots. I also put an absorbent matt inside the door to soak up any excess moisture.
If you don’t have a storage space at the front or back door – wherever you have the most traffic – create one with a cupboard or bench so you can easily find items. If you have this space then make room for gloves and hats by cleaning it out. Install wall hooks or place a coat stand near the door. I use boot racks, but make sure it’s on a matt to catch dampness and use baskets to organize mittens and scarves.
SERVICE YOUR HOME
Have your furnace serviced so there aren’t any unwanted surprises. Also make sure that your humidifier is working well. Not only do the cold dry temperatures make your skin suffer and crack, but the same can happen to your wood floors and furniture.
I always check my windows for drafts and make sure they’re well insulated; weather stripping is a great way to catch any cracks. To avoid any unexpected water bursts, inspect your pipes and don’t forget to drain your garden hoses and sprinklers.
Don’t forget your fireplace. I stack up on wood and have my chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional. It’s also a good idea to vacuum your vents and change the furnace filter.
A great way to save money on heating is with a programmable thermostat to control the temperature when you’re sleeping or not at home. Finally, check the batteries in your fire detector and CO2 thermostat. I suggest having a stock of batteries at the ready so you can change them immediately.
Now that your home’s ready for winter all you need to focus on is curling up by the fire with a good book!