Learn easy & clever ways to winterize your home this winter 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, learn how to draft proof your house during cold-weather seasons so you can stay warm and cozy all winter long.
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 because you’ve got 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. When you follow these cold weather tips, your house will be a comfortable and happy place to pass the time on the cold winter days ahead.
So, sit down with a cup of hot chocolate, and check these tips for getting your home cold weather ready!
How to Winterize a Home to Get it Ready for Cold Weather
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 winterizing your home 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 15 tips to make your home more warm and comfortable this winter.
1. 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. You’ll still have plenty of light coming through the windows, and the only supplies you need are water and bubble wrap.
2. Use Cookie Spray | AccuWeather
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! The oil acts as a lubricant so the snow doesn’t pile up on your shovel. Don’t make this job any harder than it needs to be!
3. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan | The DIY Village
This is a super quick & easy fix and requires no supplies and little effort!
Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. It’s a simple thing that will make a big difference in the temperature of your rooms during the winter months. Since hot air rises, reversing the fan pushes the warm air back from the ceiling back down into your room.
4. Use a Reflective Sheet | Heat Save
Radiators are often situated right against an outer wall of the house – right where it’s the coldest. That it can be a major source of heat loss is true, but a little ironic. 🙂 So stop heating the outdoors!
Get more out of your radiator by putting a reflective insulation sheet behind it. It reflects the heat back into the room and reduces heat loss.
5. Clean the Gutters | Bob Vila
Cleaning the gutters may not be fun, but it’s a necessary chore 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.
6. 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. Never heard of an upside-down fire? You don’t want to miss out on this nifty little trick. Check out the short video to learn how you can build one today.
7. Winterize Your Window Air Conditioner | Do It Yourself
If you have window air conditioner units, there are some things you should do to get them ready for winter so you don’t lose a lot of your heat out the window. 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 the rooms inside your home feel this winter.
8. Fill the Gaps Under the Door | Instructables
Just slice it in half lengthwise and slide it under the door. It’s easy to do and you have an inexpensive draft stopper that will keep your house warm this winter.
9. Organization for Your Winter Accessories | A Thoughtful Place
How does hanging a shoe organizer in your entryway help winterize a home? You’ll be able to find anything and everything you need (scarves, hats, mittens, etc) quickly and easily as you head out the door into the cold this winter.
Related Post: Grab more shoe organizer ideas!
10. Make a Boot Tray
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. You just need:
- a serving tray
- small river rocks to fill the tray
The rocks lift the boots off the ground, allowing all the snow and water to drain away. It’s a very simple idea that’s extremely chic and effective for keeping all the muddy mess that boots track in contained.
11. 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?
Fortunately, you have all the supplies you need right at home to make your own firestarters! Start saving toilet paper tubes and dryer lint now. Just add a little wax to act as a seal. These fire starters are so easy to make, they’re cheap, and they work like a charm. You’ll never be without a firestarter again!
12. Start Fires with Orange Peels | Apartment Therapy
But what if you’re not wild about the idea of saving lint? Try orange peels (or any citrus fruit peels) as your fire starter instead. Just dry the peels first, then use as needed.
Not only does this save you money, your house will smell amazing! I had no idea you could do this – I’m totally trying it out!
13. Weatherproof Windows | Woman’s Day
Do you know how to find out if your windows are drafty?
Light a candle and slowly move it around your windows. If the candle flame moves a lot in one particular spot, you have a draft.
Seal your window up with caulk or a foam sealant. It’s much easier than it may sound, and it’ll make such a big difference in how much warm air you lose and how big your electric bill gets this winter.
14. Use a Checklist | Wholefully
It can be hard to know exactly how to winterize a home. Print out and follow a good winterizing checklist to make sure your home is ready for the cold temperatures, snow, and ice.
Since this list covers everything both inside and outside the home, you won’t forget any job. You can be confident that you’ll be ready for winter temperatures this year.
15. Insulate Outlets and Switches | Family Handyman
Insulate wall outlets and light 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. This easy tip will take you no time at all and your wallet will thank you when your electric bill comes.
Final Thoughts on Winterizing Your Home This Cold Weather Season
There you go! These 15 super simple tips on winterizing your home should help you feel more prepared for the coming season. You’re ready to tackle these tasks. Your home, your family, and your wallet will appreciate the efforts you make to create a home that is warm and inviting and cozy this winter.
If you’re still feeling uncertain that you can tackle this kind of project, pick just one task you can start with right now. Because this is a list of super simple ideas, you likely already have all the supplies you need to get started.
With these simple tips for winterizing and organizing your home for winter, you’ll be ready to face the cold months ahead while you stay warm and cozy inside your winter-proof home, safe from the cold weather that’s hovering outside your door.