Yeah, alright, we get it. It’s cold. And it’s only going to get colder. But, we’ve got one thing to say to you, winter: Bring it on!
This weather can make even the most outdoorsy of people want to don their fluffy slipper socks and crash in front of the sofa. But, it’s time to turn that (frosty) frown upside down. To help you do that, we’ve compiled a list of 15 life hacks that’ll transform your winter from plain old brrr to brrr-illiant! You can thank us later…
1. Want to keep your feet and toes toasty? Get hold of some wool and cut out insole shapes for extra warmth.
2. Having to get the scraper out every morning can be a right pain in the neck. If you park your car facing east, the sun will help defrost your windscreen as it rises.
3. Here kitty, kitty! If your car gets stuck in the snow, putting cat litter under the tyres will help to get you moving again.
4. It may be great smothered on a bag of fish shop chips, but vinegar is also the solution to keeping your windshield free from ice. Grab yourself a spray bottle and fill it with one part water to two parts vinegar.
5. Heading out for a bike ride in the snow? Grab yourself a set of zip ties, thread them at even intervals around your tyres and voila, your own makeshift snow tyres!
6. Excessive wearing of your favourite woolly number can often lead to pilling. Getting rid of it is simple: buy a cheap razor and shave it off!
7. If you’re planning a winter’s walk but can’t remember where you last left your waterproof socks, sandwich bags are equally as rain-resistant! Put them around your feet before slipping into your shoes.
8. Battling a severe case of Seasonal Affective Disorder? Making the most of those sunshine hours will help boost your mood and keep you thinking positive. So wrap-up warm and get outdoors!
9. Our skin takes a battering during the cooler months. Applying ChapStick to cracked and dry knuckles will help soften the skin and relieve any discomfort. Keep one in your pocket at all times.
10. …And speaking of dry skin, although it might be tempting to take long, hot showers, minimising the time you spend in the bathroom and turning down the heat will help to keep skin soft.
11. Scarves in a tangle? Instead of shoving them in a drawer, loop them over trouser hangers and hang them up in your wardrobe.
12. The hot water bottle – an essential companion during these cold, winter months. Use it to warm up your bed before you go to sleep, or your clothes before you head out into the cold.
13. If you need another excuse to cook-up some tasty treats in the kitchen, here’s one: leaving the oven door open after use will help to keep your home warm. Just remember to turn it off.
14. If ice-cold air is entering your home through gaps in the doors, a cheap way to fix this is to buy some pipe insulation and fit it around the frame.
15. If snow gets serious this year, spray your shovel with cooking spray so the white stuff doesn’t stick to it. Use a broom to clear light snow from pathways.
If you’ve got any life hacks of your own to share, we’d love to hear them!