It’s hard to believe that October is here and we all know what comes after that – WINTER !  These beautiful fall days are the ideal time to prepare yourself and your home for the coming months. Here are some suggestions that will ensure you are prepared for winter.

  1. COATS: Take out all of your winter coats and either wash or dry clean them NOW so that you won’t be caught with dirty coats when the temperature drops. Do the same for all your hats, gloves and scarves, as well as any sportswear/gear that you may need.
  2. BOOTS: Make sure all your winter footwear is clean, polished, and waterproofed with the appropriate spray protectant. If you have young children who are still growing, you’ll need to buy new footwear BEFORE that first snowfall.
  3. NOTE: This may sound crazy but quite often the best time to buy seasonal clothing, (such as boots or ski jackets), is half way through the winter when the stores are clearing out stock and preparing for spring, as in February.
  4. CLOSETS: Go through your closets and have a really good look at what is hiding in there! If you didn’t wear a certain outfit in the summer then it should be donated to someone else for next year. You’ll be amazed at how much space you will free up, and how good it will feel. (By the way, you can do the same for any winter clothes that haven’t been used). Remember – someone else needs them more than you do!
  5. LINEN CUPBOARDS: If you didn’t do this in the spring, now is the time to launder and/or dryclean all your heavier quilts, duvets, and blankets. If these are already clean you can freshen them up in the dryer on “no heat” or hang them outside for an hour or two and they’ll smell nice and fresh. You can do this at any time during the long winter for a quick refresh.