It is important to get winter preparation out of the way, and some of it should be completed before it snows. Work on outside tasks first, to be sure they get done in time.
Start with items on this list, then decide what else must be done. Eliminate what is not. Each families list will look different, depending on whether they rent or own, where they are, and their budget.
Hopefully, the summer has been spent getting ahead on some of these items, or money has at least been saved. If not, don’t worry. There is still a little time.
- Heat tape should be plugged in, or installed if not already present. Doing this help to keep the pipes under homes from freezing. This is especially important when living in a trailer. Fixing broken pipes might cost more money than can be spent in the middle of winter.
- Bank the home if needed. This will also aid in keeping pipes from freezing.
- Toys, tools, and other objects should be picked up from outside and put away. This will prevent breakage and the need to spend money later on replacing items.
- Don’t forget yard and garden cleanup. A last mowing. Placing plant matter in the compost. Covering plant life that needs to be protected from harsh winter weather. Giving the produce gardens one last tilling, maybe after adding compost. These activities will make spring easier.
- Be sure to have plenty of oil, wood, and/or pellets to get through the worst of the winter.
- Decide whether being on budget plans for utilities is necessary. Get signed up now if needed.
- Place a shovel near the door, and be sure the plow/snow blower is ready. Or contact who will be doing the plowing and/or shoveling to set things up.
- Cover windows with plastic.
- Caulk around doors and windows if necessary.
- Clean heating vents, and the furnace area.
- Take out winter coats, boots, and accessories. Clean them up and have them at the ready.
- Do the same with winter blankets.
- Have candles, oil lamps, and flashlights at the ready.
- Keep emergency foods on hand in case of loss of power.
- Begin stocking a pantry, if one is not already set up. Food and other items can be stored. The food preserved over the summer and autumn months is a great start. Use couponing in combination with sales, and shop dollar stores. Don’t know how to coupon? Start here.
- Decide on favorite foods to make, and new ones to try. Have the recipes at the ready.
- Plan a few fun activities for winter. They do not have to cost anything, but will provide the family with a few activities to look forward to while doing all this work.
Get these tasks out of the way now, and there wont be anything to worry about during the winter months.
What do you do to prepare for the winter months? Share with us in the comments below, or email me.
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