Get Your Home Ready For Winter
With the cold weather and holidays coming, everyone rushes to spruce up their homes for the upcoming celebrations. Before you begin decorating, tidying up and preparing your home to have your family spend much more time indoors will make it for a much more comfortable winter and holiday season. Below are some tips to get your home ready for the winter season.
Tackle Each Room Individually
The best way not to stress over getting your home ready for the winter season is to make a list and tackle each room separately. By creating a list before you begin will help keep you organized and stay on track. You can easily tackle one room per day and not overwhelm yourself.
Move Things Around
Moving things around in your high traffic rooms can help declutter your space. With the holidays coming, creating a social ambiance will help keep people together. If you’re looking to add more seating to your living room, replace the side furniture tables with foldaway tables that can be pulled out when needed. Same goes if you need extra storage. Great places to store extra belongings guest can bring would be behind the sofas, under the beds, or organized hallway closets.
Have A Holiday Clear Out
The average family has 39 pairs of shoes, 90 DVDs, 139 toys, 212 CDs, 438 books and magazines, so have a holiday clear out! Gather the family to sift through these belongings to begin clearing things out. Especially during the holiday season, items you no longer want can be donated to a family in need.
Clean the Fridge and Oven
Whether you plan on cooking the holiday feast or not, it’s a good idea to start by cleansing the fridge and giving the oven a deep clean. During the warmer months, people tend to eat out more, as well as grill outdoors. The oven will begin to get used more as winter approaches. Deep cleaning will help get your oven in shape for the upcoming season.
Keep Your Home Warm
Help us keep our drivers safe during the winter season. If there is snow, shovel a path to your oil fill pipe and mark the location with a stick or flag so that we can make your delivery. Winter days are shorter, and our drivers may be delivering during late afternoon or evening hours, which in western Massachusetts and Connecticut in around 4:30PM. The potential accumulation of snow this winter will make it harder for our drivers to reach your fill pipe. Clearing a path will help us safely deliver heating oil to your home.
When spending more time indoors, it’s important that everything is in working order. Make sure the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. Also make sure preventative maintenance has been done to your heating system. Last thing you want is to have a system issue while you are entertaining guests. Finally, help avoid frozen pipes by opening faucets and maintaining a constant drip or wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers when temperatures drop this winter.
Prepare for Houseguests
If you are expecting houseguests this season, make your guests feel welcomed taking the time to tidy up the home for family or friends staying the night. If you don’t have kids of your own, but your guests that do, spend a little time baby proofing the home. They will thank you for spending the time to keep their children safe. If you are looking to spruce up the guest room or sleep quarters, plants instantly brighten the room. Finally, don’t forget to clean the bathroom so they enjoy a fresh, clean space when they are visiting. Make sure they have plenty of clean towels, toiletries, blankets and pillows to make them feel right at home.
We hope these tips will help you have a comfortable winter and holiday seasons. And as always, please contact us if you have any questions on your heating system or heating oil.