Autumn is here, the days are beautiful and the nights are getting pretty cool, which means it is time to prepare our homes for winter. Last week’s challenge seemed simple enough. I had no fridge to clean but I did have plenty of little things to get done around here to save on energy costs and make the apartment more comfortable during the cold yet to come.
I didn’t get every thing finished I set out to do, life was just too busy this past week. Instead, I started with the most important jobs and moved on from there. Some things, like hanging a set of curtains can be done no matter what the weather, others not so much. Saturday, the weather was perfect, I enlisted the help of my son to get to areas I couldn’t and tackled the caulking of the window.
My son at 6’3″ needed a chair to reach the top of the window. The gaps were worse than I thought, he could fit his fingers into them without any trouble. No wonder my front window was so cold it did a better job keeping my food cold than the fridge. Not being able to help with the window, little one found the next best way to entertain herself and came outside with an organic apple. She insists my apples are the best ever.
I can already feel the difference! I woke Monday morning to a comfortable room, needing to head to the library I based my impression of the weather on the comfort of the apartment. Imagine my surprise when I found myself freezing in the cool air and immediately went back inside to change into something warmer.
I had bought 2 tubes of caulk assuming I would only need to use one outside and one inside. Wrong! I needed 3 tubes just for the outside of the window..
As for the rest of my list:
- I got started on the draft stopper for the back door, I will show you pictures tomorrow night. I still need to sew the cover.
- I need to paint and clean the window
- I spotted two large pairs of wood blinds at the consignment store, I paid $6 total. I need to pick up brackets to hold them
- The curtains are ready to hang.
This weekend is homecoming for the university. There will be plenty of activities throughout the weekend, including a parade Saturday morning. At some point this weekend I will get to the rest of the jobs for the window and show you the results next week.
This brings us to this week’s challenge from Reduce Footprints. What is my least favorite chore? If you don’t know the answer to that read on I’m sure you will figure it out.
This week give your home a thorough clean. Preparing for winter by checking the seals on windows and doors ensures that warm air stays where we need it … indoors. The downside to that activity is that any toxins are also trapped indoors. So, cleaning our homes using non-toxic, safe cleansers will ensure that the air we trap inside will be pollutant free!
If your home is spotless and doesn’t need cleaning, take a bow and relax. You deserve a break!
When do you start your autumn cleaning? Do you still have a lot to do before your home will be ready for winter?