As they say in Westeros, “Winter is coming.”
Soon enough – too soon, for many of us – the perfect fall days will switch over to the blustery, frigid days of winter.
Autumn is the time to begin preparing your apartment for winter.
You’ve undoubtedly heard of spring cleaning, but fall cleaning and preparations can be just as important to keep your apartment in good shape for the long Ohio winter.
Here are several ways you can prepare yourself and your apartment for the next season and maybe even save a few bucks along the way.
- Clean up the spots you missed in the spring: You had good intentions, but you may have cut short your cleaning efforts in the spring because you wanted to be outside. We get it. This fall, consider cleaning the following areas:
- Grout in the bathroom and kitchen
- Inside of dishwasher
- Garbage cans
- Dust artificial plants and living plants’ leaves
- Vacuum upholstered furniture
- Switch seasonal clothes: Your hanging T-shirt collection has rocked it all summer, but they don’t need as much closet real estate in the winter. Make room for sweaters and hoodies by switching out some of your warm-weather gear. Try storing them in plastic bins until spring returns.
- Free and easy ways to warm up: Those looking to stay comfortable during the cold season without spending a fortune have options. Consider the following:
- Open curtains during the day: Letting in the sunlight will help heat your apartment for free.
- Close doors: For rooms or closets that don’t need much heat, keep doors closed. This reduces the amount of space you need to heat during the winter.
- Keep vents clear: Obstructed heat sources aren’t as effective in heating your home. Ensure the heat isn’t going right up a curtain to the window.
- Turn on ceiling fan: Fans running in reverse will push the rising warm air downward so you can stay cozy.
- Humidity is your friend: OK, so no one likes humidity in the summer, but in the winter? It will help you feel better and not get that scratchy throat feeling that sets in after cold nights. You can buy a small humidifier for your bedroom or go the DIY route by hanging your wet laundry on a clothes rack instead of throwing it in the dryer. The damp clothing will release moisture into your apartment.
Have a space for boots: Wet, salt-covered boots can do a number on your entryway, staining it and making it look less than appealing. Invest in a boot tray and liner where you can place them to contain the salt, dirt and snow. You can even make it look like part of your décor by filling a tray with attractive rocks, which allow the moisture to make their way to the bottom.