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DIY Calendar: November - How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

By the time November comes around, you're probably ready for a holiday - not only from interior decorating, but work and day to day life too!  The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and it's tempting to just curl up in front of the TV with a hot drink and try to forget about how dreary it is outside.

However, there are some things that you can do to keep yourself busy and keep your mind off the dull weather.  If you've followed this diary throughout the entire year your home is probably in great shape, but there's always more jobs that need doing.

Take a few minutes to look around the house and make a list of the jobs that need done, both small and large.  Some of the bigger jobs may need to wait until the weather gets better, but there are some jobs that you can tackle this month, for example fixing leaky taps, creaking doors, and frayed carpets.

Preparing for the Bad Weather

Your priority for this month should be preparing for the coming bad weather. Bring in your patio furniture and lock your garden tools in the shed.  Make sure your gutters are clean and your drains are not clogged.  Check that your fences are in good repair, and give your lawn one last mowing before the winter hits.

Garden sheds Garden sheds. Photo: Garry Knight

If you have gas central heating, you should make sure that you have it inspected before the winter hits. Not only will this inspection ensure that your heating is in good condition, and will keep you warm during the winter, the inspection could save lives.  Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real danger, even with modern heating systems.  You can't smell, taste or see carbon monoxide, but a damaged heating system or one with a blocked up flue could be producing some, and it could kill you.

Christmas Clutter

Christmas is just around the corner, and you'll probably be very busy next month shopping, cooking, entertaining, decorating, and attending parties.  You'll find next month far less stressful if you take some time now to de-clutter and make space for all of the gifts and decorations you're going to end up with.

If you plan on having guests staying with you, now is a good time to clear out the guest room and get some clean bedding and fresh toiletries together for your guests.  There's a good chance that you've overlooked the guest room when working on the rest of your house, or that you have ended up using the room as a dumping ground for odds and ends from other areas of the house.  Now is the time to get organized.

Guest bedroom Guest bedroom. Photo: Tom Weiskopf

Another area to clean up now is the kitchen.  Go through your cupboards, and the freezer, and throw out any goods that are past their sell-by date. Defrost the freezer now, so that it's fresh and ready for all of the festive foods you need to buy.  You may want to clean out the fridge as well; it doesn't take long for odours to build up in the fridge, and you won't want your best seasonal cooking to be ruined by stale food smells.

This entry was posted in Blog, DIY Calendar on November 1, 2013 by UK Oak Doors Admin.

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