The month of November is typically a busy one because Thanksgiving brings families together. If you're big on hosting Thanksgiving dinner, here are 6 easy tasks that you can do to make your house fully prepared for company!
- Wash your bed pillows. People tend to forget about washing these but little do they know that 4 to 16 different species of fungus can be living on them. Sounds gross, right? Most pillows are fine to put in the washer & dryer but some may need to be replaced. Not only will it be better for your guests but chances are you'll have better sleep with a fresh pillow under your face. This will also be helpful for those that have impurities.
- Clean your mattresses. I can definitely say that this is one of the things that slip my mind but won't anymore. Just imagine how many dead skin cells have seeped through the sheets and are laying on your mattress right this moment. On top of sweat, dirt, and your pets' hair (if you let them on the bed). Not a very nice thing to think about. Vacuum the mattress first then use upholstery shampoo to clean it afterward. Let it dry before you put your sheets back on to avoid mold.
- Insulate your windows. To avoid any drafts that may sneak in, insulating your windows will help keep you and your company cozy as can be. Stacy Freed, a home blogger, recommends using clear Velcro strips or dots on the back of drapes and attaching them to fasteners on the wall. Also, crossing your drapes over each other can be a big help.
- Have snow supplies on hand! If seeing snow every year is the norm for you, you probably already know how to prepare for it. If not, it would be a good idea to head to the hardware stores that put all of the snow necessities on sale- snow blower, shovels, roof rakes, etc. Waiting until the last minute can be really inconvenient and also expensive as the prices rise when stores know you'll really need these supplies.
- Trim your branches. Freed recommends keeping branches at least 3 feet from your house. It will be an easier task to do once the leaves have started to fall from your trees. You will really appreciate that you've done this if a winter storm comes around and water seeps into your roof or the branches damage your house.
- Get your fireplace inspected. To prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning during the winter, this is one of the biggest precautions you should take! A professional chimney sweep is recommended to get your fireplace burning more efficiently and this will ensure a safe, cozy area to make memories with your family! 🙂