Winter is fast approaching and all indications point to it not being the most pleasant. It is therefore important that you get all the important little household tasks out the way before the weather turns. It is never too early to be prepared. Here are some of the things you can do to make sure that you have a household which is ready for winter.
Clear the Gutters
No-one particularly likes being up a ladder and clearing mulch out of the gutters but it is a task which must be done. Gutters help to make sure that excess water is led from the roof directly to the ground without impacting the structure of the building. You need to make sure that they are clear of detritus and make sure that they don’t have any leaks. When you have removed all of the leaves from your gutters, pour a bucket of water in them. This will allow you to check for any leaks while also washing any dirt build-up.
With the colder winter months setting in, you will probably want to start making a lot of soups, stews, and other hearty foods. These meals are great for warming you up but it can be difficult to make them for just one or a few people. Instead, you might not have a choice but to make enough for 6-8 people. This is when it can be a good idea to look into batch cooking. There are many delicious recipes out there which you can cook in advance and defrost as you need.
Defrost Your Freezer
If you have decided to batch-cook, you are going to need to check that you have the space in your freezer to do so. This might mean that you will have to defrost your freezer. It is always worth looking up some advice on defrosting your freezer to ensure you are doing it as safely as possible. Service Force are the experts on appliance maintenance and their tips will help you to complete the job in the right way.
Dig the Winter Gear Out of Storage
A sensible household puts away its thick winter gear in storage for the hot summer months. As things turn colder, you should make sure that you are getting these thick clothes out and checking them to make sure that they are fit for purpose. You might also want to think about packing up the summer gear to put away too. Everything from summer dresses to your lighter summer bedclothes can get put away to make space for your bulky winter clothes in your closet.
Start a Stockpile
Do you live somewhere with exceptionally bad winter weather? Are you located quite remotely and in danger of getting cut off? If so, you need to address your stockpile. Even those in cities could make do with a small winter stockpile to ensure that they aren’t going to run out of food just in case the weather is bad and deliveries can’t make it to your local supermarket. Stock up on non-perishable goods or food which will last you through the hard spell. Don’t forget to make sure you have some bread flour and yeast; that way you will be able to whip up a fresh loaf for your family in no time at all!
These are just a few of the things you can do with the winter months approaching. Don’t wait until the last minute to get organised; the sooner you can get prepared the better off you will be!
This post was created in collaboration with Service Force.