I wish the summer never ends but the weather inevitably begins to deteriorate, the length of daylight hours decreases, and the greenery on the street turns yellow and gradually disappears. It seems that no one can like the autumn period, but in fact it is not necessary to try to “survive” it - you can live it with no less pleasure than summer. We will tell you how to prepare for the first cold weather and what you should do in your home now so that autumn becomes not a painful time, but a natural and pleasant continuation of summer.
First of all, you need to take care not to freeze until you turn on the heating: be sure to check the tightness of windows and doors and, if necessary, insulate and seal them. If every year you have to sleep under two blankets and in socks, then you should take care of buying a good heater or one, but very, very warm blanket. Also, be sure to check the radiators - leaks or an inoperative switch during the first frost can significantly spoil your health, your nerves and the nerves of your neighbors below.
Think about light
Summer long sunny days are over, and every day it gets darker - this is one of the main disadvantages of autumn. Getting up in the morning is getting harder and harder, and the dim and gloomy artificial lighting does not improve the situation. First, it is imperative to wash the windows - by wiping off the summer dust from them, you will definitely notice the difference and for some time you will enjoy the clear and bright landscape outside the window. Secondly, you need to wipe the chandeliers more often and replace the old faded bulbs with new ones, bright and with a warm pleasant light: they will make the home environment play in a new way, and your eyes will not get so tired.
Thirdly, a special alarm clock with a built-in lamp, which turns on and gradually increases the brightness of the light for the set time before the call, will help to rejoice in every new morning. Light falling on the skin and eyelids reduces the production of melatonin, one of the main actions of which on the body is the regulation of sleep. These alarms simulate dawn, and it becomes much easier to wake up.
Take care of your food
The end of summer and the beginning of autumn is a fruitful period. It's time to dry a bag of apples, roll up a few cans of squash caviar or even jam, squeeze all the juices from your favorite sweet pears, finally make cider and put a couple of watermelons on the balcony - if stored properly, they won't spoil until the new year, but eat them November is also very pleasant. In the season, it makes sense to properly stock up on your own favorite tasty and healthy canned food or dried fruits - the main thing here is not to overdo it. Estimate how many blanks you will have time to eat in the fall, winter and spring, and give the excess to your friends and relatives. Otherwise, jars of jam and vegetable caviar will snowball and take up extra space at home. In addition, throwing out the rolled blanks with your own hands in a few years will be trite a shame.
Check out your seasonal wardrobe
You need to prepare well for the autumn cold - make sure that your demi-season boots or boots are in order, if necessary, take the shoes to the workshop, change the heels or fix the zipper. It's time to get your favorite warm turtlenecks, sweaters and coats, re-audit the wardrobe and buy what is missing as soon as possible - it can get colder, and the process of finding the right clothes is not always simple and quick. Now is the time to make sure that you have something to wear in the fall and winter and not get cold.
No matter how sad it is, you need to gradually wash, clean, disassemble and put away summer clothes and shoes.Thousands of video instructions on YouTube will help you to fold your clothes compactly and quickly, you can learn from Marie Kondo the basic rules of storing and cleaning things (your apartment may have more space than you thought), and vacuum bags, organizers for shoes and small items and old ones will help save space. good hangers.
Make room for new things
General autumn cleaning has exactly the same advantages as general spring cleaning - it will be possible to start life from (literally) a clean slate after getting rid of summer dust, throwing away a heap of unnecessary things, or even a small rearrangement or cosmetic repairs. It is also worth disassembling the balcony, especially if it is open - frequent rains and snow can harm the things that "temporarily" lie there. Think about a place for winter equipment: you may need skis, skates, snowboards, ice skates and sleds, which should be kept close, as early as November. Similarly, with the first cold snaps, you can start moving the rollers, skate, scooter or bicycle further away to free up space.
Fight dust and mold
In hot weather, air conditioners and ventilation work especially often and intensively, collecting dirt, plaque, mold and fungal spores, which can significantly harm health (from bronchial asthma and weakened immunity to pneumonia and rashes) and lead to a rapid breakdown of equipment. To make it easier to breathe in the apartment and sleep more comfortably, you should thoroughly clean the air conditioners (perhaps you should call a master for this), ventilation grilles and air humidifiers. If the mold has managed to grow and get to the walls and ceiling, be sure to call a specialist as soon as possible to remove it from the apartment and ventilation. It is not worth fighting it on your own - there is a high chance of not achieving the desired result and getting health problems. Understand the ventilation, and immediately inhale deeply.
Think about hot water
If there is an electric boiler in the apartment, then it must be cleaned of scale: if you do not do this for a long time, the water will heat up more slowly or not at all reach the desired temperature, and the boiler will spend more electricity. Scale reduces the efficiency of the electric heater and can eventually lead to damage due to overheating. If you are confident enough in yourself, you can try to clean the boiler yourself, in other cases it is better to call the master. It is worth taking care of the proper care of the equipment: change spare parts and filters on time - you do not want to stay without hot water in late autumn.
Prevent dirt from appearing
The autumn period is associated with rain and mud, and if not sterile cleanliness, then at least to prevent the appearance of dirty stains on the parquet and stains on the carpet. Rugs with a rubberized base on both sides of the front door will help to save the situation in the hallway (no, wiping your feet on the neighbors door mat is a bad idea). The main thing is to thoroughly dry your feet and not go outside the rugs in outdoor shoes. For the latter, it is worth buying a pallet or taking a special place where dirty water will drain from it. Cute and warm slippers or socks with a comfortable rubber sole that protects against slipping will help your feet to escape from the ubiquitous dust.
Keeping the apartment clean will definitely be more pleasant with cute and comfortable brooms, mops and floor rags - you can have time to buy new ones by the autumn season. If you really do not like cleaning, carefully study the market for technical innovations - an electric broom, a robot vacuum cleaner, a steam cleaner and many other equipment can greatly make life easier and save time and effort. Before purchasing, be sure to read reviews and reviews, consult with sellers and determine whether the new device is suitable for your apartment and your lifestyle, so that the gadget does not remain forever in the branded box. In any case, remember that at least a small, but effort will have to be made to cleaning.
Do not be sad
Autumn blues are difficult to disperse, but you can try to warn - the main thing is not to let yourself get bored. Cold and dark autumn evenings - what is not a reason to finally read those books that you put off for later, watch your favorite TV series or knit a beautiful cape on an armchair? If you love planning, you can pre-compile a list of movies, TV shows, books, or online courses that you would like to master this fall. Take care of a soft and cozy blanket, scented candles and other little things that lift your mood - whether it's a year's supply of popcorn, a new sofa, or a couple of dozen summer photos hanging on the wall.
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