Learn simple ways to winterize a home with these simple and inexpensive tips that will make a big difference in how organized you are and how warm your home feels all winter long.

Also, know about draft proofing house during winters, to stay cozy.

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Winter is just around the corner!

As you shift from spending a lot of time outdoors to spending lots of time spent indoors, it’s important to take a little time to get organized and seal up the house to keep those drafts out.

Bonus: By sealing up those drafty areas, not only will your home feel warmer, but your heating bills will be less expensive.

Staying warm and snug is important as you try to occupy the kids. We’ve put together a handy list of things you need to do to get your house ready before that first snowstorm hits.

So, sit down with a cup of hot chocolate, and check it out!

How to Winterize a Home to Get it Ready for Winter

Winterizing a home can sound daunting. However, it’s really just a matter of completing a few simple and inexpensive maintenance tasks.

For today’s post, I’ve collected 15 helpful tasks you can do to make winter easier for you. From getting organized so you can find what you need (and keep the house a little cleaner), to sealing drafty areas of the house, use these tips to make your home more comfortable this winter.

Bubble Wrap the Windows | Build it Solar

For quick and easy window winter-proofing, apply bubble wrap to your windows using only water. The bubble side should be in toward the windows.

Bubble Wrap the Windows
Iu2019ve used bubble wrap on windows for two three years now, and Iu2019m amazed how quick and easy it is.
Read more here.
bubble wrap on the window

Use Cookie Spray | AccuWeather

man shoveling snow
(AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Make snow shoveling easier (yes, really!) by spraying it with cooking spray or rubbing it with paraffin wax before use. I know, it sounds a little crazy, but it really works!

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Reverse Your Ceiling Fan | The DIY Village

ceiling fan

Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. It’s a simple thing that will make a big difference in the winter. Since hot air rises, reversing the fan helps bring it back down from the ceiling.

10 Tips for Winterizing Your Home
Weu2019ve compiled a list of 10 tips for winterizing your home that should make sure that youu2019re household is ready for the cold season!
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Use a Reflective Sheet | Heat Save

reflective sheet behind a radiator

Radiators are often situated right against an outer wall of the house – right where it’s the coldest. The fact that it can be a major source of heat loss is true but a little ironic. 🙂

Get more out of your radiator by putting a reflective sheet behind it. It reflects heat back into the room and reduces heat loss.

Radiator Winterizing Tip
The radiators around your house are there to heat your house. So why are you heating the street then!
Read more here.

Clean the Gutters | Bob Vila

cleaning the gutters

Cleaning the gutters may not be fun, but it’s necessary to get them cleared out before the rain and snow season.

Snow and ice can get trapped by the leaves and the extra weight can create overhead hazards by causing the gutters to pull away from the house.

Winterize Your Home in 7 Simple Steps
With winter fast approaching, youu2019ll want to make sure youu2019ve taken some critical steps to keep your house warm and safe through the colder months.
Read more here.

Build an Upside Down Fire | Household Hacker

If you don’t already know how to make one, you MUST learn how to build an upside-down fire. It lasts much longer than a traditional fire, so you’ll have less fuss with the fireplace. Check out the short video to learn how.

The Upside Down Fire
Here is a nifty and effective trick to having a HOT and LONG-LASTING fire. It might seem odd at first, let us explain it and it will make some sense.
Read more here.

Winterize Your Window Air Conditioner | Do It Yourself

room air conditioner

If you don’t take your window unit air conditioners down for the winter, turn off the air vents and cover them up to keep cold air from blowing through the unit.

This one simple and easy task can make a big difference in how chilly your home feels this winter.

Winterizing Window Air Conditioners
A window air conditioner is great for the summer, but can sustain damage during the winter months if not properly cared for.
Read more here.

Fill the Gaps Under the Door | Instructables

pipe insulation to stop gaps under the door

Pipe insulation can prevent those cold drafts from coming up under the door. Frugal tip: pool noodles can do the same thing – I love that!

7 Winter Life Hacks to Keep You Warm
Use these simple life hacks that can help winterize your home to keep you a little warmer this winter.
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Organization for Your Winter Accessories | A Thoughtful Place

use a shoe organizer to organize winter accessories

How does hanging a shoe organizer in your entryway help winterize a home? You’ll be able to quickly find anything and everything you need (scarves, hats, mittens, etc) on the way out the door in the cold.

Related Post: Grab more shoe organizer ideas!

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover
It was time for a closet makeover including great winterization ideas to keep you organized.
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Boot Drying Station | Dollar Store Crafts

Don’t track in ice and snow on your boots with this trick to winterize your home. Make a boot drying station for just a few bucks.

It’s a very simple idea that’s extremely chic and effective for keeping all the muddy mess that boots track in contained.

Make River Rock Boot Trays
Make a Martha-inspired river rock boot tray with a few large serving trays and several bags of river rocks.
Read more here.

Be Prepared to Start a Fire | Hobbies on a Budget

If you have a real wood-burning fireplace, trying to start a fire without firestarters can be a real pain. And who has time to get stocked up?

Start saving toilet paper tubes and dryer lint now to make your own firestarters. They’re easy to make, cheap, and work like a charm so that you’re never without a firestarter again!

How to Make Lint Firestarters
These lint firestarters are a simple project but great for reusing some things that typically get tossed in the trash.
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Start Fires with Orange Peels | Apartment Therapy

use orange peels to start a fire

Not keen on saving lint? Try orange peels (or any citrus fruit peels) instead. Hey, at least they smell good! I had no idea you could do this – I’m totally trying it out!

Forget Kindling: Start Fires With Orange Peels
Did you know you could use orange peels to start a fire? Here’s how.
Read more here.

Weatherproof Windows | Woman’s Day

Light a candle, and move it around your windows to detect drafts. Seal them up with caulk or foam sealant. It’s much easier than it may sound, and it’ll make such a big difference.

Guide to Winter-Proofing Your House
Learn how to prep your home inside and out for the cold weather
Read more here.

Use a Checklist | Wholefully

house winterization checklist

It can be hard to know exactly how to winterize a home. Print out a good winterizing checklist to make sure your home is ready for the cold temperatures, snow, and ice.

Since it covers everything inside and outside the home, you won’t forget any job and be well prepared for winter this year.

Household Winterizing Checklist
Get ready for the cold snap with this household winterizing checklist! Get your house in property in tip-top shape before the snow shows up.
Read more here.

Insulate Outlets and Switches | Family Handyman

insulating an electrical outlet

Insulate outlets and switches to reduce energy loss. You’d be surprised at the amount of cold air that comes through those tiny spaces, especially in older homes.

Winterize Outlets with Insulation
Stop drafts cold at electrical boxes with these easy outlet insulation tips.
Read more here.

There you go! I hope that these 15 simple tips to winterize a home help you feel more prepared.

With these simple tips for winterizing and organizing your home for winter, you’ll be ready for the cold months ahead.

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