Preparing Your Home For A Cold Winter

With October rounding up, and the fall and winter seasons coming upon us, it’s quickly becoming more and more cold as the days pass. When just a week ago you could walk outside in a t-shirt and shorts, now, the mornings are dipping down as low as 30 degrees or less. As winter and freezing temperatures come around, older homes are more susceptible to outdoor environments and potentially hazardous conditions occurring, such as frozen pipes or extremely drafty rooms and halls. A cold house is never a healthy one, so it’s vital that you make sure that your home is prepared for a cold winter, especially if you happen to live in an area that has extreme temperatures or you have an older home that isn’t as weatherproof as a newer one.

Winter-proofing your home can take the form of a variety of things, depending on your house’s current setup and existing layout. One of the first, most important things you should do, is ensure that your furnace and heating system is in proper condition. If you have an older home, you may need to look into potential furnace & heater repair before the winter season, to make sure there are no issues that could lead to potentially expensive problems.

After you’ve taken the time to check out your furnace and heater, the next important step is to start finding any holes, gaps, or cracks in your home’s foundation so there isn’t any warm air leaking out of the house, or cold air coming in. You can go to most large commercial stores and purchase a giant roll of weather-proofing tape, which are generally foam-based strips that can be used in gaps and cracks around your home to block air drafts. This is one of the cheapest options for saving money and winter-proofing your home, because small gaps and cracks under your doors or throughout your windows can greatly contribute to higher utility costs and a colder home.

Another great tip for preparing your home for the cold season is to hang up curtains or blankets over the window panes. This is another form of affordable insulation, that can save you the cost of replacing entire window panes. Blackout curtains are great for retaining heat in the winter time and keeping out the heat during summers. When you decide to go through with insulating your home, putting in weather stripping and hanging up curtains are the top two options that are both convenient and cost-efficient.

There are plenty of horror stories online of older homes, and even newly-built homes, undergoing massive structural and foundational damage because of cold weather leading to pipes bursting and flooding the home. Taking the proper steps before the cold weather strikes can make the winter season much more tolerable and easier to manage. Saving money on utilities can be as simple as you make it. Winter-proofing your home can take a little bit of planning and time, but the effort more than pays for itself when you see not only your heating costs going down, but notice the comfort levels in your home drastically improving.

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Organizing Your Home For Senior Parents

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In many people’s lives, there comes a time when their parents are no longer able to take care of themselves in a healthy way while living alone. In these cases, you may want to pursue either an in-home care or senior care option such as Seniors Helping Seniors, or look for alternatives to expensive, potentially harmful senior homes such as having your parents move into your home with you and your family.

If you decide to have your parents move into your home and have yourself and your family help take care of them, then you are more than likely looking to implement some ways to help organize your home overall to provide an easier, more comfortable experience for both yourself and your parents. It’s well known that an organized house makes life easier for elderly parents, especially those who want to live as independently as possible.

It can be pretty surprising how much of a personal and mental detox cleaning and organizing your home can be. In addition, it helps relieve a lot of stress when you wake up and have a workspace that is neat, clean, and properly organized. Showing up to a desk or kitchen full of clutter, dirty dishes, and unnecessary objects can slowly but surely add up in your mind. As you begin to age, organization can become an even more important aspect of your life. Some individuals choose to partake in various puzzles or other activities to help keep their mind sharp and keen, while others may want to do physical activities such as walking, gardening, or cleaning around the house. Regardless, keeping an organized, tidy home can go a long way. We’ve compiled some tips on organizing and maintaining a clean home for seniors and elderly parents.

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The first step is to do a full assessment and review the home’s space to see what should be prioritized and organized first. Often times, this will include commonly frequented areas such as kitchen cabinets, refrigerators, shelves and pantries, pet-related spaces, laundry rooms, closets, desks, bookshelves, hallways, and stairs. Most of the time, you’ll want to see how much clutter and mess is in these areas, if there are any potential hazards or accidents waiting to happen, and looking out for potential areas where your parents may slip or fall, or come close to being in contact with other hazardous items.

When you begin rearranging items around the house, it’s important to keep in mind the actual usability and effectiveness of the organization effort. If you spend a lot of time organizing and tidying up your home, but end up making things harder to reach or find, it may cause more problems than you began with. Take the time to have a discussion beforehand regarding the most used items and areas, so you can create a good plan.

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Next comes the next big step: the removal process. This is where you’ll want to go all around your home, in all areas, and remove, discard, donate, or throw away all of your unneeded junk that has been sitting around for years collecting dust and not being used. Sometimes, you may want to remove or get rid of some memorable or sentimental items. In these cases, you can take pictures of the items, or organize them within more specific areas, so that you can still have the memories of them and view them for nostalgia later.

The most important aspects of organizing your home for a senior parent or family member is to take their wants and needs into consideration. Speak with them first about how they’d like things organized, and get some help if you need it! You can always ask neighbors or family friends to assist you in the process as well.…