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8 Essentials Every Home Needs

8 Essentials Every Home Needs

1. A warm blanket

A cozy, warm blanket is invaluable during winter, and it's incredibly versatile too. Use it as an extra layer on your bed at night or throw it over you for added warmth whilst cuddling up on the sofa. If you're going on a long car journey, stick it in the back of the car, just in case of any emergencies.

2. Firewood

An open, roaring fire is totally appealing when the darker nights draw in and the temperatures plummet. If you collect or chop your own firewood then make sure you stockpile sufficient quantities now, in order to keep you going throughout the winter.

3. Candles

Candles can create a very comfortable environment as they bring a glow and sense of warmth to a room, but they also add extra lighting, at a time of year when you need it most. Candles come in so many shapes, sizes and scents, so before you go shopping think about which candles you might want for each room of the home.

4. A hot water bottle

When it comes to keeping the bitter chills at bay, a hot water bottle can come up trumps. Choose a good quality one with a warm, furry cover, and you'll soon find it indispensible over the wintertime.

5. An efficient boiler

Your boiler will be working overtime during the colder months to provide heating and hot water, so don't leave it until the coldest day of the year to get it checked over. Schedule in a routine maintenance check for your boiler now, so that any minor problems that it might have can be rectified before the really cold weather sets in.

6. Thermals

Dig your thermal underwear and socks out, as well as your woolly hat, chunky gloves and scarf and put them on standby for when the temperature starts to dip. If you don't have any, then it's worth taking a shopping trip and investing in some new items. Waterproof boots are also a great thing to have in the winter -- not only will they keep your feet dry but they'll keep them warm, too.

7. A shovel or spade

A sudden, heavy overnight snowfall could leave you barricaded in your home, so make sure that you have a really sturdy shovel or spade at home that you can use to dig the snow away from your path and driveway. Keep it at the front of your garage or shed, so that it's accessible at all times.

8. Tins of soup

Keep a few tins of soup in your cupboard or pantry as standby measures in case you need a quick, warming fix after being out in the cold. Other staples you might want to stock up on include rice, pasta, tea bags or hot chocolate, dried goods or other tins of food.


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Alex works and writes for Internal Doors – one of the UK’s leading suppliers of external and internal doors. Alex writes about interior design, DIY and everything door related!