Winter is perhaps one of the most evocative and beautiful seasons out there. While of course, seeing life and nature in full bloom during the summer is perhaps the objectively most beautiful sight you can ever see, winter has its own set of gorgeous, calming and crisp set of aesthetic wonders. Walking through a snowy park, or seeing the beauty in snowflakes falling down, or even feeling that crisp wind on your face can be absolutely gorgeous. If you’re not a fan of winter, it might just be that you need to experience it to its fullest. A cup of cocoa in a winter coat, eating beautiful foods on a European vacation, among many other things can help winter become one of your most loved seasons.
Of course, from a homemaking perspective, winter is one of the harder months to deal with. Negative winter conditions can sometimes damage your home, or damage the surroundings of your home. Winter is the most evocative season sure, but it sure can put a lot on our plate. This, coupled with the need to plan and adapt to the holiday expectations such as Christmas and the New Year party, can leave us pulled in multiple directions at once, or at least things seem that way.
Thankfully, preparing everything before winter is more than possible, and can save you time. You have enough time to do so as of the time of this writing, because Autumn isn’t quite at an end yet. Consider these simple habits, and it might be you’ve found competent means to save yourself time in the long-term, and potentially further financial obligations.
The driveway is essentially important to consider when making your winter presentations. Slip-ups, car slides, and even damage to the material of its making can all be possible if you don’t take care of it. Running warm water along it and gritting on top can often prevent the build-up of ice, and give you more of a stable platform to walk on top.
It might even be that crafting crosshatched wooden platforms to walk on can prevent slip-ups, or even just opting to walk across the grass in the morning instead of your brick garden path. If you have a steep driveway, often wet or icy conditions can be dangerous. It might be worth parking on the street with a more stable angle, or perhaps simply ensuring that you grit before you pull in. Keeping a car in the garage can also prevent the need to scrape your car clean from frost each and every morning, or at least ensure that the snow isn’t built up to an unmanageable degree.
Picture the scene. You’re sitting down in your living room, feet up on the footrest. Drinking your warmest cup of cocoa, relaxing with a blanket. Your family is around you, and your dog lays on your lap. The first season of that show you’ve been looking forward to premieres tonight, and you’re only a week away from Christmas. You’re excited and relaxed, taking a little breather from how crazy work has been recently. By all intents and purposes, you should be feeling the most nourished you have all year. But something isn’t right. You can’t figure it out, but you feel colder than you should? Then you realize that despite currently paying for comfortable heating, something is wrong. You quickly realize there’s a draft coming from the window, and that a small crack in the glass is causing it.
Many people aren’t so lucky to quickly identify a problem in their insulation, and glass chips can often be one of the main examples when the weather quickly changes as it seems to be doing in recent years. We’d recommend inspecting your house effectively, and keeping the number of a worthwhile glass repairs firm close to hand, just in case you want to avoid this situation, and focus only on petting your dog while drinking that delicious cocoa.
Rural life is important to consider. If your home is slightly out of the way, the winter can pose a difficult problem. It might be that the government gritting vehicles don’t drive down your road to take care of the ice or black ice, as this can often be a waste of expenditure for a road with only a few people living down it. They are more focused on the health of arterial and major roads, perhaps taking care of the offshoots if they’re heavily used.
This means that once again, it might be worth enacting your own solution. If it’s been noticed that there are numerous spots where black ice seems to develop due to the winter wind, it might be that purchasing this grit as a community and ensuring a rota is undertaken to ensure it’s correctly taken care of each day can help prevent traffic accidents down this road, or at least prevent a car from entering a hedge without intention.
Sleeping patterns can become truly impacted as the hours of light in the day change. You might find yourself feeling that 5.30pm now feels like 8.00pm, and you feel tired as a result. Stocking up on your levels of Vitamin D, melatonin and magnesium can help you (and your children of the appropriate age,) stay supported and adapt to these different daylight hours with much more ease. This can give you the means to sleep well throughout this dark period, and prevent the seasonal fatigue that can occur, and from there the seasonal depression that begins to rear its head.
We would also recommend, in addition to this, that you eat more nutritionally dense meals, and exercise as well as you can to keep your mental state alert, able and less lethargic than it might otherwise have been. This helps your health stay well-catered for, and can give you the tools to truly excel during a wonderful and engage winter.
We hope that these tips help you enjoy your winter season peace, without damage, disrepair or ill-health.