Getting your House Prepared for the Winter Months

Does it seem like the seasons change and you are not prepared.  The first snow arrives and you realize your son does not have boots that fit.  You will actually save time and reduce stress in your life if you plan ahead.  A written plan will help you complete necessary tasks.  It is hard to find the right size boots or a sled the day of a huge winter storm.  Use this written checklist to prepare for the change in seasons.  Make sure you complete and check the areas that are most important to you. 

 Winter Check List:

 ­­__Change your furnace filter monthly.  Your furnace will last longer and your house will stay cleaner.  A clean     filter will catch unnecessary dirt that would sweep through your house.

 __Unhook your outside hoses from faucets.  Drain the hose and hang it on a hook in your garage.

 __Drain garage sinks to prevent water from freezing in the pipes.

 __Check your house for drafts by windows and doors.  Add weather stripping where it is necessary.  This will save money on your heating bill.

 __Wash your windows before the weather gets cold.  You will enjoy clean windows during the winter months as you look outside. 

 __Move your summer clothes to a less convenient location to make room for winter clothing.  If you have amble closet and drawer space in each person’s room, just rearrange the closet.  If you are limited on space you may need to store off-season clothing in storage containers in your basement.

 __Match your mittens and gloves.  Clip pairs together with a clothespin.  Divide gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves into baskets.  Assign each family member his or her own basket or put all the mittens into one basket, hats into a different basket, and so on.  Over the door shoe organizers are great to store mittens, gloves and hats. This is also a good time to make sure everyone’s boots fit.

 __Organize and clean the garage.  Hang items such as shovels, rakes, and ladders.  Limit the amount of items on the floor so you can easily sweep out salt and dirty melted snow.  Here is a tip to clean out dirty slushy snow in the cold winter months.  Shovel in a little clean snow and it will absorb salt and dirty wet snow.  Push everything out with a shovel.  Do not throw a bucket of water on the dirty snow or you will create an ice skating ring in your garage.

 __Create an emergency kit so you will be prepared if you loose electricity or a natural disaster occurs.  Your kit should include: bottled water, nonperishable food, first-aid kit, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, and a radio.

 __Prepare to put your holiday lights up early on a sunny day instead of a day with temperatures below freezing.

 __Make your holiday gift and card list so you can begin shopping and addressing cards.  A jump-start will allow you to enjoy the month of December instead rushing around with holiday preparations at the last minute.

 Add any additional tasks to the checklist to help you prepare for the season change.  As you check each item off you will feel more prepared and less stressed. 

 “The squirrel that gathers his food in the fall will not be hungry in the winter!”

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