Making a Halloween word for your home can not only be unique to your area of the world (as it is not store bought) but it can also be a fun activity that you can do. I am going to let you in on a little secret – “I am not very crafty” – There, I said it and I admit to it. I am not crafty, but even I think this Halloween word is something I can make.
Although it is Spring here in Australia, we are still having some cool days and nights. So before I completely pack away all these warm, cozy things, I wanted to share with those that are now in fall how we keep warm through those cooler months.
The very first thing I like to do when it turns cooler is have:
window and glass door coverings – whether it is blinds or curtain
for the doorways – I use draft stoppers (snakes), so that the cool air isn’t coming under the doors
1. Be sure to open the curtains on those nice sunny days as it will help to warm the house.
2. Close off all rooms that are not being used. This way it is not costing you extra in heating.
3. If you have doorways that lead into hallways and rooms that can’t be blocked off and are not being used, consider putting up curtains in these areas. The living areas will stay warm and cozy.
I love using blankets! We have them everywhere.
There are so many things you can do with blankets when they are not being used. Gone are the days when you hid them in the cupboard and pulled them out when needed.
They can be displayed:
in a basket
draped across your seating/bed
in a trunk
an opened blanket box/chest
Have you got a favorite place to store yours through out the cold months?
What is your preference, electric, gas or wood?
Personally I love wood. It not only heats the room but is great when you need to get clothes dry. Why waste money using the clothes dryer when you can use your heater as a dual purpose!
1. If you have a ceiling fan – put it onto reverse to send the heat back down to keep the room warm.
2. Throughout the year I shred paper that we no longer need. I then soak it and turn it into paper bricks for the heater. It takes a while to burn which means I don’t use as much wood.
Time to switch up the bed linen:
From Summer to Winter sheets
Using a cover that is designed for the cooler months eg: a doona or quilt
Electric Blanket (I personally don’t use one, it’s one expense I feel I don’t need. I know they are lovely and warm when you get into bed but that is just my preference not to use one.)
Handy Tip: Have the best quality sheets/covers you can afford. Most people sleep at least 5-8 hours a night (or day in the case of shift workers) and we all need quality sleep to perform our best the next day.
Cozy Nook or Chair
A nice warm cozy place to read, be on the laptop or even just stare out the window on those lazy days.
It’s nice having a comfy chair and a blanket where you can sit and read by yourself or share that book with your kids or maybe you have grandchildren!
Everyone needs a little me time, this is where I enjoy mine throughout the colder months (even my dog loves to sun herself here).
Do you have any cozy tips that you would like to share. I am sure that we would all like hear them. Please leave your tips in the comments below.
Have you ever wondered, “Why you should get organised?”
Over time I have either used the excuses below or have heard them from other people who are putting off getting organised:
Getting organised is too hard!
I just can’t seem to get motivated!
Where do I start?
I don’t have the time!
Have you ever felt like that?
Listed are 5 good reasons for getting organised anytime of the year, it doesn’t have to be Spring to spring into action or the New Year to make a fresh start! The goal is to find your why and to start from there. Below are my top 5 Reasons:
When we think of Spring, usually Spring Cleaning comes to mind.
Though it is not spring where I am at the moment, the weather is nice and lets face it you can Spring Clean anytime of the year.
So what is spring cleaning? It is traditionally where you give your home a thorough clean. When you are doing your spring cleaning routine I think it is important not to forget to include your laundry. Yours may not be a high traffic area but (more…)
I strongly believe that kitchen organising is important. The kitchen is one of those rooms where everyone gets together with family and friends to spend quality time nourishing our bodies. If you are unable to find what you need, when you need it or if the item is hard to get to, you will probably end up making poor food choices. In my opinion you don’t need a large kitchen with a big pantry and lots of expensive organisers to be organised.
Here are my top 5 favourite kitchen organisers: (more…)
I’d love to share with you how I gave my laundry a temporary makeover. I don’t know about you but one of my household chores I hate doing is laundry! When it was just hubby and myself it was ok. Then we had our two babies that was ok too because I just loved clean cute baby clothes. Well today those two cute babies have turned into teenagers with a mountain of washing, ironing and folding.
Renovators delight, have you found yours? We certainly have.
We found ours in December 1996 when we made the grand decision to buy our humble little home. This house was built as a basic 2 bedroom, lounge, one bathroom, sleep-out, front and side verandah. What more could a newly wed wife want? (Please, no need to answer that question…The list could go on and on and on… Lol)
After some research we found it was built in 1927 by a local builder. Back in those days the brick layers, when building chimneys, would place a coin with the year it was built. We found ours under the mantel piece in the kitchen. (Did you find yours?)