Organizing and winterizing your home is important. It keeps you in a good position when Spring Cleaning comes around, while also ensuring that everything is working properly throughout the harshest months that Mother Nature has to offer.
For tips on how to winterize and organize your home properly, check out the list below.
Grab your mulch bagger and leaf vacuum.
It is the time of year to get your fall tools out of storage and use them to clean up the area around your home. Use your mulch bagger to mulch up all the yard debris, especially around big trees. This helps to insulate the spring bulbs buried below, it also allows the cuttings to breakdown and nourish the tree.
Use a large amount as compostable material for the vegetable beds and the tumble composter.
If we can store it in a dry place, I can continue to make compost even through the winter. This is also the time, I start cleaning out dead and dying vegetation, and any areas that are overgrown or just need a little sprucing up. It’s still a little early to be thinking about fall plantings. Some bulbs, such as Tulips, prefer to be planted in the fall or over the winter, as these type bulbs use the cold weather as their dormant period which prepares them for a beautiful show in spring. Fall is the time of year to fertilize your acid loving Rhododendrons, and Azaleas, specifically.
Seal the vents around the exterior of our homes foundation.
We are also double-checking that all gutters and downspouts are clear, and flowing properly. Little is worse than finding out in the dead of winter, that these things are stopped up, and your forced to do an emergency cleaning while its freezing cold. We will also be checking our storm windows, to insure the window sills and exterior of windows are clean, and closed.
Inspect attic vents for debris or openings and wrap water pipes.
Eliminate the colder air from entering the attic. You should inspect water pipes, and wrap as needed to prevent freezing later. Central heating and air conditioning systems need a little extra attention at this time, it’s actually a great time to have them inspected by a professional, if you can pull your pressure washer out of storage, a good exterior cleaning will serve well, and as always clean and replace air filters as needed. If your heating vents flow through an area that is cold (attic or basement), you will want to inspect, and wrap as needed.
Don’t forget to winterize your automobile.
Draining the radiator, and filling with sufficient anti-freeze, inspection of tires, and belts, and of course stocking emergency items in the event of a break down or other road side emergency. Water, blankets, snacks, change of clothing, and a extra set of any emergency, (life saving) medications you may need. Use of these easy tips should help you and yours to make it through yet another winter, effectively, economically, and safely.
Consider storing your summer tools and equipment during this period of winterizing and home organization. StorPlace Self Storage’s storage units are available to assist with all of your seasonal storage needs, stop by today to learn more from our friendly and knowledgeable staff.