Nothing beats that hygge feeling of snuggling up in a cosy home with your loved ones around. As the nights draw in and we feel that crisp chill in the air, now is the time to get your home organised and ready for the colder months ahead. These hacks will get your house sorted and in tip-top shape for the autumn.
Forget Spring Clean, Autumn Clean is the new favourite pass time. Giving the skirting boards a wipe down, getting rid of the cobwebs and clearing your cupboards are all jobs that will make your house appear gleaming ready for winter.
Get the fireplace ready:
More cleaning I’m afraid. But if you’re planning on using your fireplace this autumn it is best to give it a good clean before you start using it. Line the area with newspaper and remove all loose ashes and dust with a shovel and broom. Then, use a wire brush to clean off the soot from the brick and use baking soda and warm water on a sponge to clean the remaining soot and dust off.
A new bedspread can change the look of a room and perk you up if you’re tired of seeing the same sheets every night. It’s also good to switch things up every so often. Choose fun prints and, in doing so, you won’t be able to wait to get into bed at night.
Changing your shabby curtains for a fresh pair this autumn can do more than just keep the light out. In fact, the right curtains can insulate a room in the colder weather. Pretty and efficient, the perfect combination!
We all miss arts and crafts, so here is your chance! In autumn potpourri will really transform your home and there are plenty of recipes out there for making your own. Oranges, juniper berries, cinnamon, vanilla and rosehip all make great additions to your potpourri and will make your house smell wonderful. Placed in a bowl, the potpourri makes an excellent centrepiece or ornament as well as creating a homely ambience with its aroma.
Mow the lawn:
Giving your grass one last cut will keep your lawn looking trim in the autumn months. Wait until the grass has grown to a sufficient length and then trim back. Though it may need to be cut again it won’t need to be done as regularly as in the summer, which is lucky because mowing definitely isn’t a winter sport.
Declutter, Declutter, Declutter:
A job that needs to be done and is massively satisfying when its achieved! This is the time to donate all your unwanted clothes to charity and to have a good clear out of your kitchen cupboards too.
Create an atmosphere:
Candles create the perfect cosy setting for a relaxing night in and there’s an array of different scented and non-scented varieties to choose from. Add a few tea-lights dotted around or go for large pillar candles for that cosy feeling.
Dress the furniture:
There’s nothing better than curling up under a throw when the weather is frightful outside. Adding new cushions and throws to your sofa and bedroom can really transform the space in time for the change of season. Choose autumnal-themed throws and cushions or go with brighter colours to offset the drabness of outside. With one side a striking floral pattern, and the other a plain block colour, flip the cushion on either side to suit your mood or style of room.
Touch up the paint work:
Since we’re likely to spend more time indoors during autumn and winter it’s a good idea to give your rooms a fresh lick of paint. Giving your walls a fresh lease of life will both brighten up the space and be more pleasing to the eye and who doesn’t love a good group painting session with the family!
Clean the oven:
The thing we hate cleaning the most. But unfortunately, it’s a good idea to give it a deep clean at this time of year, especially if you’re planning on spending a lot of time at home during the colder months. So, pull up those rubber gloves and make sure that you allow the grills to soak and give the inside a really good scrub.
Get the TV on:
Finally, why not snuggle up on your sofa with your new throws and cushions, admiring your newly painted walls, and get hooked on a good TV show – a great way to spend an autumn evening? With the fire blazing in the background and hot chocolate on tap, you’ll create the perfect cosy space.