You can definitely feel a nip in the air. If you go for a walk, in the evening, wearing a jacket is already essential, most evening. This is a sure sign that it is time to start getting your home ready for the colder weather. It is especially important to get your bedroom ready. There really is nothing worse than being cold and trying to sleep.
Preparing for those winter months is key, and here’s exactly how you can do it…
Prepping Your Bedroom for Winter
Break Out Your Warmer Bedding
Take out your warmer bedding and check it for usability. Hang your winter blankets, sheets, and quilts out in the sun to freshen them up. Research has shown that the sunshine is a natural disinfectant. If anything still does not seem fresh after you have done this just put it through the washing machine a couple of times. Now is a good time to purchase new duvet cover sets to cover any blankets and comforters that don't look their best. Adding a new duvet cover can completely change the look of a bedroom without breaking the bank.
It's also a good time to check your winter PJs if you have some. Check your slippers are still in good condition and replace them if you need to. Pay particular attention to the soles. Each year, accidents happen when people trip and fall while wearing slippers that are too worn.
Draft-proof each bedroom
Take the time to check each bedroom for drafts. Even if you draft-proofed the room last year it is still a good idea to check it over again. Over time, doors and windows always shrink a bit, so you may have to fit some new draft excluders.
Pay particular attention to the windows. This is where you lose the majority of the heat. If your windows are really old or are north facing, consider using clear film to provide another layer of protection. Although thin, the film really does help to keep the cold out and make the most of the warm air your heating produces. The best approach is to buy it in kit form. This makes it much easier to apply to the window and remove it again when the weather brightens up, without causing damage.
Check the heating
Before the weather gets too cold check that the heating is working in each bedroom. If you have radiators, bleed each one, this will ensure there is no air in the system. We have propane wall heaters in the front of the house and the back to help heat our house. We clean them out when we start changing over our winter stuff. We add an electric heater to heat Mini's room, the bathroom, and our room.
I think it's important to add please be sure you have Carbon Monoxide detectors (this one is battery operated)in your home and check the batteries when you start up your heaters.
Clean your rugs
If you have hardwood or tiled floors, get your rugs out and make sure they do not need to be cleaned. Also, check that the non-slip backing is still in good condition.
Consider redecorating in warmer colours
The way you decorate a room has a big impact on how warm a room feels. If you find that your bedroom still does not feel cosy in the winter months, consider redecorating it or adding accessories in warmer colours. You will be surprised by how much of a difference these simple changes make to how cozy your bedroom feels. HGTV contains some great ideas that are not expensive to implement.
When do you start prepping your home for winter?
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