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10 household jobs tick off your autumn checklist now

Simple tasks you should do now to prepare your home for the cooler months

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As our lifestyles naturally change with the seasons, so should our homes. With autumn upon us and the cooler weather fast-approaching, it’s time to bring out the winter woollies and start looking forward to cosy nights in. Here are 10 simple things to do now to make your home as warm and inviting as possible and ward off those winter blues.

1. Cool-weather window coverings

Sheer curtains are right on-trend and perfect for balmy summer weather but they’re not so good at keeping the heat in and the cool out. If your windows are lacking in coverings consider investing in some layered or insulated curtains or roller blinds. If you’re adamant on sheers you can pick up window insulation kits from a hardware stores or online.

2. Introduce layers of texture

Think plush velvet, chunky knitted throws and warming hints of timber or brass if you’re planning on redecorating this winter. Even just a few new cushions can make all the difference when you’re trying to create a snug space cuddle up.

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3. Change your colour palette 

In summer it’s common to pare back the décor in your home to create a cool summer-time vibe. It’s time to say goodbye to the whites and brights and embrace rich and warming hues like terracotta, olive green and blushing pinks to create a cosy and inviting retreat from the cold.

4. Is it time for a new heater?

How often you use your heater and the size of the space you intend to heat, will determine the type of heater that is best for you.

  • Electric heaters are a cheap and portable option – perfect for renters and if they are not being used to heat large spaces or for long periods.
  • Gas heaters are best for larger spaces and for those wishing to heat their homes for longer periods of time.
  • Reverse-cycle air conditioners are much more costly to begin with but can worth it in the long run as they are fairly economical for the heat they generate.

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5. Cover up hard floors

If you have tiles, hardwood or concrete floors, rugs are an easy and effective way to cosy-up your home in winter. Hardwood floors are not only chilly underfoot in winter; they don’t help hold in any heat, so unless you have underfloor heating, it’s time to invest in a rug or two.

6. Clean and service your heat pump

You should clean or replace your heat pump’s filter or filters every month or two during each season. Filters may need more frequent attention if your heat pump is in constant use. Keeping the filter clean or replacing old filters can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

7. Stock up on firewood

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, stocking up now on firewood and keeping it dry, will save you the panic when winter arrives earlier than expected.

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8. If you’ve been thinking about carpet, now’s the time to do it 

No one wants to be stepping onto a cold floor and they jump out of bed in winter! If you’ve been thinking of carpeting your home, or even just the bedrooms, now is the time! Your toes will thank you for it.

9. Is your duvet warm enough?

We all know your duvet is your best friend in winter so it pays to pick a good one! Whether you have carpet, heating, and even another body in the bed, will determine the kind of coverage you need. Wool and feather quilts are generally the best options for those after plenty of warmth, where cotton or microfiber quilts provide lighter insulation.

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10. Replace time-worn linen and towels

A change in seasons is the perfect time to give the linen cupboard a clean-out! Soft fluffy towels and cosy flannelette or linen sheets are a must in the cooler months, so replace the old with the new for some extra added comfort!

This article originally appeared on Homes to Love Australia.

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