Admittedly, the type of DIY we’re going to discuss is not the same as the usual focus. Sometimes, though, DIY isn’t just about decor and making things look pretty – it’s about getting things done without the need for outside assistance. Of course, if there’s a way to make things pretty at the same time, then more’s the better!
In some countries, fall has come around quickly this year, there’s no doubt about it. It feels like it’s still the end of May, with the entire summer stretching out before us. Nevertheless, in only a few short weeks, it will be all about pumpkin spiced lattes and making plans for what we’ll do for Halloween. How fast time flies
Every home has to go through a period of change as summer gives way to fall, and nowhere is this truer than when it comes to heat. For the duration of the summer, heat was a problem due to its abundance. Trying to stay cool through heatwaves; trying to sleep at night even though you never really got cool enough to manage it.
For fall, however, heat is going to become your best friend, the thing that you try to keep inside your home at all costs. No one wants to get to January, get their utilities bill, and break out in a cold sweat – it’s already cold enough, for one thing.
So what can you do for yourself that can help you keep your house warm, toasty, and safe throughout the colder months?
1) Clingfilm Your Windows Admittedly this isn’t pretty, so it’s not something you’re going to want to do all the time. However, if there’s a blast of cold weather heading your way, then it’s a good option. In a time when every layer of insulation is to be treasured, even a single sheet addition of see-through plastic can make a difference.
2) Protect Your Pipes No one wants to have to deal with the aftermath of frozen pipes, which can be messy and expensive. Prevent this by adding plumbing heat tape around your most exposed pipes, be they indoor or outdoor. If you’re feeling creative, why not see if you can grab a few different colors and alternate them for a cute effect – that’s still absolutely functional.
3) Make A Quilt
What’s the best way to avoid having to turn the thermostat up? Finding alternate ways of keeping yourself warm. So why not give quilting a go? For one thing, it’s a perfect discipline for all those scraps of fabric most of us upcyclers have laying around. Even old clothes you don’t wear anymore can be cut and incorporated into a quilt, which you can then wrap around yourself to keep warm through the worst of winter. If you have basic sewing skills, it’s not much more of a jump to learning how to make a quilt.
So while the long, hot days of summer might soon be fading into the past, there’s no reason your DIY skills have to go into hibernation. By combining them with necessary tasks that will save you a fortune on your heating bills, you, your home, and your family will make it through to spring unscathed.