Preparing Your Home for Winter with this Simple Journal Checklist
Preparing your Home for Winter
Do you use your journal for checklists? Perhaps you create pages to refer to again and again. If you want to start preparing your home for the winter months, this article will help you create a journal spread to help.
Hello, it’s Alex (@TheJournalCorner) from the Archer and Olive ambassador team. Today I am going to share how I have created a checklist of tasks to prepare your home for winter. Every year I find I’m trying to remember certain helpful things to close down the garden for winter or prepare for colder weather. Creating a master checklist you can use each autumn will help make this process efficient and benefit your home. I have also included a free printable list you can access later in this blog if you don’t have time to create a whole page in your journal.
- Archer & Olive journal - white dot grid
- A selection of coloured pens like these calliographs
- Black fineliner
- Pencil for outline planning
- Dot Grid Stencil
- Decorative stickers like these
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Winter Weather Considerations
Of course this type of spread will vary depending on where you are in the world and the type of winters you have.
You may need to consider frost and snow or it may be rain that causes issues. For most of us the chance of having a mixture should always be considered. I am in the UK and here our winters can be mild and wet but an icy week and even some snow is still very possible.
Hopefully you know what to expect as you may have already experienced a winter in your home. However, if you are new to the area it’s always worth researching or chatting to locals about what it may be like over the winter months.
Dividing into Sections
- Preparing any vehicles for winter
- What to clean/treat outdoors
- Items to put into outbuildings/under cover
- External areas to protect
- Stock up on winter supplies
- Indoor preparation e.g. insulation
- Garden maintenance
- Fireplace preparation
- Services to book in Autumn
- Emergency Kit ideas
Once happy with their position, you can create these headers. I have used calliograph brush pens from Archer & Olive.
Creating your Spread
Under each header you should have space to list your ideas for each section. You could use a fineliner and even colour code this. If you want to create checklist boxes, the Archer & Olive Dot Grid Ruler has a checklist stencil.
I aim to use this each year so if creating a checklist layout, I would only tick items off in pencil so I could erase this to re-use the following year.
Using any additional space
That way you can refer to this each year and see what you may need to replenish or put into your vehicle.
While not essential, if space allows you may wish to add some decorative elements to your page. Washi and stickers like these can make it a fast and easy way to add decoration.
I have used winter themed stickers from Archer & Olive to fill some spaces on the page which, to me, makes it look more complete.
Winter Preparation Printable
If you don’t have time to create your own winter checklist, take a look at this printable instead. This will save you time and is still ideal to use year after year.
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The Archer & Olive blog has several articles that you may enjoy further on this topic. There is inspiration for a winter bucket list and some seasonal cleaning and organisation. Instead of stickers you could try decorating your pages with winter doodles like these.