Summer has drawn to a close, and the cooler weather is upon us. If you’re not already craving that sense of homeliness and interior warmth, then you soon will be. So, how do we get our living spaces prepared for the autumn?
A great first step is to go through the entire home and treat everything to a deep clean. That way, you’ll be rid of all of those subtle musty odours, and you’ll have a feeling of freshness and vibrancy that’s difficult to replicate. Your home will only look its best, after all, if it’s at its cleanest.
While you’re doing the deep clean, you’ll also want to do a bit of tidying. Go through the entire building, getting rid of clutter, clearing away cobwebs, and checking that the lights work properly. When you’re done, everything will feel that little bit more spacious, as well as cleaner.
Creating that autumnal vibe is often a matter of adding some autumn decorations around the home, in the form of soft furnishings and other flourishes. Hang the right autumnal wreathe on the door, and you’ll get your guests in the mood for seasonal activities, and put yourself in the right frame of mind to relax as the nights draw in.
Have the boiler checked
Now is an excellent time to get the boiler serviced. It’s going to be under strain over the next few months, and you’ll want it to be in the best possible shape to cope with that strain. The last thing you want when winter is really biting is for your boiler to give out – but that’s exactly what you risk happening if you don’t take action now.
Obviously, boiler servicing is a task that’s best left to a professional. Look for a trusted and reputable Gas Safe engineer in your vicinity. While you’re doing this, you might look into some draughtproofing, especially around doors and windows. A little bit of money spent on compressible strips could save you significantly on heating bills over the course of winter.
Even before the clocks change, you’ll be experiencing darkness that little bit earlier. You can offset this effect, however, by investing in a little bit of mood lighting. Some hanging lights can spread those warm hues around the space, and help to generate those feelings of comfort and safety.
As human beings, we’re naturally adapted to crave the sorts of oranges, yellows and reds that we get from a roaring fire. Plus, blue light tends to interfere with your sleep and make the place feel sterile. As such, it’s a good idea to favour warm light over the colder kind.