Get Ready for Winter! The Season’s Must-Do Checklist

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Last weekend was Daylight Savings – did anyone else have a tough time getting out of bed?! We’re officially switching gears and getting ready for winter, and that means getting some things done around the home. These things should be done about every six months, and they’ll help you settle into autumn and get ready for winter!

First off, of course:

Reset your analog clocks back an hour if you haven’t already.

Then, use the next week to tackle any of these tasks that apply to your home life:

Change your smoke alarm batteries. Whether or not they’re drained, do it now. The low battery alarm never sounds at a convenient time, and a smoke alarm is not something you want to be running low on juice.

Flip or rotate your mattress. Newer layered foam mattresses aren’t designed to flip like those simple old-school spring mattresses, but you can still rotate them around to even out wear. Better yet, use this time to clean your mattress! Click here to see our how-to blog post!

Flip and switch your couch cushions. Moving things around will ensure even wear and keep your couch looking nice and cushy longer. While you’re at it, give them a refresh with the Wrinkle-B-Gone to ease any creases and take care of any odours.

Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. During winter, your fans should spin clockwise to bring warm air back into the living space from the ceiling. While you’re at it, give the fans a wipe with your All-Purpose Cleaner!

Decorate. If you haven’t already, set out the decorate pumpkins and squashes, hang a seasonal wreath, or plant some mums.

Declutter winter wear. How many mittens are missing their mate in your closet? Start cold weather dressing off right with winter wardrobe staples pared down to the best, the favourite, and the necessary.

Clean your gutters. Most of the leaves have left the trees by now, so use this time to remove dirt and leaf build up from your gutters.

Change filters. HVAC, air purifier, water, refrigerator – all of them!

Try out a new evening routine. Taking after-dinner walks may no longer be an option when it gets dark earlier. What might you do instead? We recommend a family game night – whether it be Monopoly or a simple card game!