Monday, January 23, 2023 / by Makayla Santa Ana
How To Prepare Your Home For The Winter Months
This week, we are going to talk about how to prepare your home for the winter months. While some people enjoy the beautiful scenery that snowy landscapes offer, there is one thing that can be annoying – snow!
Snow brings along with it water molecules which will eventually settle in every nook and cranny of your house. These wet drops can cause damage to your house or at least make your household items such as furniture feel icky and dirty.
To prevent this, you need to start preparing your house now! By starting early, you will have time to work through all the stages before winter comes.
Here are some things you can do to keep your house clean during the winter season. Also, look out for our article next week where we will discuss more detail about how to properly treat and wash new clothing due to excess moisture. We will also talk about ways to protect your house from potential water damage.
Clear away excess plants
After you’ve cleaned your house of all soft toys, decorations, and furniture, clear out any remaining plants! This includes potting soil too!
Many people keep their plant in the bedroom or living room space year round because they like how lush and vibrant it looks. While that is lovely to look at, it can also pose a health risk for other family members if there are leftover pieces of greenery in the air.
Children and adults who suffer from asthma, bronchitis, or other respiratory conditions may have an extra challenge during winter when exposed to foliage and pollen.
If you want to bring your plants down, do so before spring to give your lungs more time to adjust. The most efficient way to do this is by using strong, closed-off pots and plastic bags.
Never put water directly onto the roots of your plant as this could cause the plant to drown or dehydrate.
Insulate windows and doors
This is one of the most important things you can do in winterizing your home, as well as spring re-entry. Since it’s cold outside, your house will want to keep all that heat inside!
Windows are the biggest culprit of this, so make sure they’re fully insulated. If possible, also ensure those panes of glass are frost resistant or fitted with plastic covers to avoid risk of shattering in a fall.
For doors, use weather stripping to prevent heat loss and insulation to retain warmth.
Clear snow off the roof
After you make sure that your car is winterized, check out the house! The first thing you should do in terms of clearing your home’s exterior is to clear away any leftover snow from the rooftop.
This will prevent heavy ice buildup which could cause damage or even collapse. In addition to this, it will help preserve your shingles and other roofs materials such as tiles and metalwork.
Once everything has melted down, scrape off anything wet with dry hands so it can dried and put into storage.
Never throw water onto the roof, only use brooms or cleaners. Water can re-freeze, creating heavier icicles which could threaten the structural integrity of your home.
We recommend talking to professionals before doing any major work around the house, but if you are confident in yourself then get going! Keep an eye on local weather reports to know when conditions are safe.
Run a de-icer
One of the most important things you can do before winter weather is to run an efficient de-icer. A good de-icer will leave a smooth, beautiful coat on your car’s surface!
Many people forget this step, especially during snowstorms when visibility is limited.
If possible, it is best to use your windshield washer fluid as a de-icer instead of using chemical gel or spray products. This is because washer fluid contains ethylene glycol, which helps remove water from the surface of the glass.
You also should never scrape off any dried precipitation such as sand or salt because this only adds more dirt to the already heavily grained surface of the glass.
Buy a new sweater
We all have at least one favorite shirt that we always dress in, it is probably your very most flattering color or pattern. This person may be someone you know or even yourself!
If you find this white long-sleeve crew neck top here on sale, get some milk and run out and buy it! It is an amazing layering piece due to its sheer quality, and also because it is thermalized fabric, which means it wicks moisture away so you are never wet.
This will help keep you comfortable and fashionable during winter weather activities like skiing, snowboarding, or just staying warm while doing work or studying.
Do the laundry
This is one of the most important things you can do before winter weather comes, and that’s by doing the laundry!
All too often people will wash all their clothes, put them away, and then they’ll hit spring or summer and everything goes bad because there’s no dry place to store those wet items.
So, make sure you have a lotta space to hang out your dirty clothes! Also, remember to use cold water when washing clothing to help preserve it longer!
Another tip would be to add some bleach to the rinse cycle to keep fabric from fading.
Keep an eye out for signs of mold in your clothing. If you find any, throw it out immediately! Mold can cause serious health issues so if you notice anything off, don’t hesitate to action.
In fact, YouTube has many videos dedicated to how to identify suspicious stains and what products you can use to get rid of them.
Cook a meal
This is one of the most fundamental ways to prepare your home for winter. Before you begin, you should have a list of ingredients and a list of foods that you will need to cook during this process.
Start by taking a look around your house and see what kind of food supplies you have already. You can use these supplies in recipes or to make other things like soups and stews.
If you don’t have enough food at this time, start going through your cupboards and fridge and see if there are any leftover bits and pieces you could add into recipes.
There is no reason to buy expensive new equipment unless you really want it, so go through all your pots and pans, spoons, forks, and knives and see whether they work well together.
Get your home ready for the spring
After the autumn season, people often start thinking about how to prepare their homes for the winter. This can mean cleaning out your house or giving away some of the things you no longer use!
By clearing out all of your unused items, space in your home is created so that you can invest in new ones. Or maybe it’s time to let go of something that you have been hanging onto because you thought it was important to keep it.
If you have a room full of junk that you need to get rid of, then try grouping them into one place. For example, if you have a lot of old books, magazines and DVDs, put them all in a box and give them away!
This way you don’t spend any money buying storage facilities, you just send them off and earn gift cards or rewards points.