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Getting your home winter ready

How to get your home ready for winter|HarassedMomWinter is around the corner; the mornings are chilly and it is very definitely time to haul out the jackets, hoodies and winter linen. While I do enjoy the warmer days, I love the cooler days as well, especially because it means soups and stews which are my favourite.

There are a few things you can do or try not to do, to prepare for the colder months.

  •         For your car: check your battery (winter is apparently hard on batteries); make sure your wipers and brakes are working correctly (especially if you live in an area that gets winter rain); and make sure your insurance is up-to-date by getting car insurance quotes and comparing what you have.
  •         If you have a fireplace, make sure you have added it onto your insurance policy. Use the fireplace over heaters because they can be used throughout the day and are kinder on the environment. Remember to make sure the fire is put out at night.
  •         Encourage your family to use blankets or put some warmer clothing on before they just switch the heaters on.
  •         Change all linen to winter sheets and duvets. This is my favourite part. I love winter sheets.
  •         Avoid overloading the plugs; if you are in the lounge area, turn off heaters in the bedrooms or other areas not occupied.
  •         If you use gas, make sure that it is used safely and has been installed correctly.
  •         Try to avoid electric blankets on your child’s bed, especially for the little ones who could still wet the bed during the night. If you do use them, switch them off when you go to bed.
  •         Keep all the curtains open in the rooms that get the most sun. There is nothing nicer than a room warmed by the sun.

We are very lucky that our winters aren’t as bad as those living in the Northern Hemisphere, but it can still get pretty chilly here, with a little bit of snow here and there. Our winters generally do seem to just arrive overnight, so preparing in advance means you aren’t suddenly caught by the weather changes.

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2 Comments

  1. Julia
    11 May, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Ooooh I DO love getting my home winter ready. Heaters get packed out, fleecy pyjamas get used again and bedding gets changed. I would probably use an electric blanket but I am electricity scrooge. Old school blankets happening in these parts! I should check on the insurance hey, thanks for that reminder!

  2. 17 May, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    Electric blanket is my friend in winter. And for the little one an ac that also doubles as a heater. I cringe at the thought of my electricity bill but life is too short to freeze. That said I do love winter and still hate the summer heat
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