Every new season makes me look at my home through new eyes. My home style changes according to the time of year. In summer, I love to create a sense of space and light, keeping the garden and house as connected as possible. Come autumn, I like to retreat indoors and turn my home into a cosy retreat.
I want things to feel warm and welcoming, but also calm and tidy. Now is the perfect time to make some small changes before the really cold weather arrives. As well as doing the obvious things like servicing your boiler, there’s are lots of simple little ideas we can all try…
First up, have a good clean and de-clutter. Do this now and it’ll last you till Christmas. Hoover the sofas, clean out the space under the stairs, sort out your clothes…you know the drill. The kind of jobs that don’t need doing very often, but really make a difference.
Eliminate draughts. Unless you live in a brand-new house, it’s likely you’ll have a few draughts in your home. The worst offenders in our house are the letter box in the front door, the bay window and the gaps under the doors. We’ve resorted to stuffing socks in the letterbox when it’s really cold, but a more sensible solution is a letterbox draught strip. You can get the same thing to fit on the bottom of your doors too – or try creating your own DIY excluder by stuffing an old pair of tights with newspaper.
Plenty of blankets. I’m a big fan of wool blankets and fleecy faux-sheepskins. We try not to switch on our central heating until the end of October when the weather really changes. Cuddling up on the sofa with a blanket is so much more economical than heating your entire house for the occasional chilly evening. Add a hot water bottle for an extra boost.
Order logs and get your chimney swept. If you have a wood burner, or an open fire, then now is a great time to check everything is in good working order. It’s important for safety, but it’s also a nice little ritual that’ll get you in the mood for the cosy evenings ahead. If you don’t have a wood burner or open fire already, then now is definitely a great time to think about having one installed. Even a small solid fuel stove pumps out an impressive amount of heat!
Think about pests. As the weather gets colder outside and we switch on our central heating, you’re more likely to get unwelcome visitors like mice and clothes moths in the house. We don’t want them spoiling our cosy evenings, do we? Hang some lavender bags in your wardrobe to deter clothes moths, and stock up on a few mousetraps in case you need them later.
Organise your hats and scarves. Keep your collection of gloves and winter woolies organised with some new hooks. I love to hang little baskets from our hooks to keep all the odd pairs of gloves and mitten organised. If you’re short on space, then try hanging simple hat and coat hooks on the back of doors. Under the stairs is a great spot!
What are your top tips for getting organised for the colder weather? Let me know in the comments!
This was a collaboration with C&W Berry.