This is something I have done for the past few years after feeling very cold our first winter in this house. I wrote the Winter list last week, put it to one side and promptly forgot all about it. Then yesterday we had a cold, windy evening that called for blankets to be pulled out of cupboards and the Great Draught Excluder Hunt began. So shall I share my list?
– Wash, dry and air all blankets.
– Wash, dry and air all woollens.
– Launder winter duvet and mattress topper.
– Launder summer duvet and mattress topper before putting away.
– Wash or freshen area rugs.
Clothes, shoes and accessories
– Check wellington boots are still water tight
– Re-heel winter boots
– Ensure waterproof jackets fit and are clean and ready for use.
– Check if your umbrella is waterproof, if not follow my trick for making an umbrella water proof again.
– Make sure hat, gloves, scarves etc. are in a convenient place.
– Check your warm cosy pyjamas still fit.
– Go through your tights drawer and throw out (or read ways to reuse tights) any which are unsuitable.
– Put summer clothes away after laundering and mending.
In the home
– Line curtains
– Check the seals on your windows.
– Put foil behind radiators – this is a tip I shared on Channel 4’s Superscrimpers.
– Put a curtain across your front door.
– Make or buy draught excluders – here is how to make a really simple draught excluder.
– Check your hot water bottles are still safe to use and have no splits or holes.
– Create a powercut box to keep beside the front door including a small torch, a few candles, a pen knife, mini screwdriver kit, batteries, lighter, matches and a list of locations of all any fuse boxes, meters, energy companies, torches, candles and anything else you may need.
– Book a boiler and fire check.
– Put a mattress topper or a light duvet under your bottom sheet for extra warmth in bed.
– Write out a list of medications each person takes and file it somewhere safe. I also keep a copy on my phone incase there is adverse weather forecast – that way I can stock up or make sure to my pharmacist has it ready for me to stop by.
– Check flashing, facias and tiles etc. are safe and cannot be blow down easily.
– Check drains and external pipes for leaks and splits.
– Move potted herbs and plants to a warmer part of your garden.
– Make a seed checklist and plant anything which needs an autumnal/winter planting date.
– If you have a camping stove check it has sufficient gas should you have a power cut or outage.
– Check the tread on your tyres and if it is suitable to your climate; change to winter tyres.
– Add a blanket to the boot of your car.
– Pop a wind up torch into the door of your car.
- Good quality candles and tealights
- Lighter and matches
- Lighter fluid
- Batteries – AA, AAA, Large flat
- Car de-icer
- A slow cooker
- A flask
- Thermal underwear
- Bed socks
- Thick tights
- Throat sweets
- Cold and flu medicine
- Olbas oil
- Hand cream – I need a special one in the cold weather, my poor hands hurt so much in the cold.
- Flour – various
- Dried fruits
- Pulses and beans
- Tinned soups
- Tinned tuna
- Jars for preserving
- Wool for knitting a huge warming blanket
- Wadding for making draught excluders
- Waterproof floor mats
- Ice scraper for car
We have steps down to our flat and they get very icy so we stock up on not only salt but kitty litter for added grip – the value ranges are amazing.
My personal checklist
- Make some more draught excluders.
- Finish making patchwork blanket for spare bed.
- Phone council regarding the salt box at the end of our road – it hasn’t been filled for two years!
- Book a boiler and fire check
- Complete christmas checklist
- Move small greenhouse to warmer part of the garden so that the herbs don’t freeze
- Take up regular door mat and replace with water proof mats.
This list I shall work through slowly until it turns really cold. Don’t worry I won’t be doing it all on one day. I’ll be ticking items off slowly but surely until full on winter kicks in. As we all know, winter here in the UK can kick in anywhere from September (or even August!) or hold out until November so I like to be prepared. There is nothing worse than it being freezing cold and having to turn the house upside down for gloves before leaving the house.