Fall is in full-swing, but winter — and the holidays — are just around the corner. Don’t let the busyness of the season stress you out. With a few tips and tricks, you can tackle both winter and the holidays head-on. Read on for some past inspiration on how to get through this time of year with ease.

3 Easy Solutions for Drafty Windows

Did you know that approximately 10 to 25 percent of your home’s heat escapes through the windows? The best method for correcting this problem is to reglaze – or even replace – your windows. However, both time and budget can be prohibitive. Instead, why not try weatherstripping and then applying one of these temporary solutions to stop drafty windows? You’ll save time and money and still overcome the chill.

Plastic Film

Inexpensive clear shrink wrap can help your home retain as much as 55 percent of its heat. You can apply it to windows with double-sided tape, and then seal it using the heat from a hair dryer. If you don’t have shrink wrap, you can also use bubble wrap; simply push the bubble side against the glass and fix with double-sided tape.

Draft Snakes

Another solution is to make or buy draft “snakes.” This budget-friendly option keeps cold air from seeping through windowsills by blocking it. You can either purchase one online or make one yourself. Just fill a knee sock with dry rice and fit snugly against the sill.

Rigid Foam

Finally, you can stop cold air in its tracks with a piece of foam. Use this solution on basement and attic windows you don’t need to see out of. Simply cover the panes with a piece of foam board and glue it to the drywall. Be sure to cut pieces that will fit snugly inside the frame – then, press the foam against the glass. You’ll be able to quickly pop them out after the cold season ends.

 

How to Prepare Your Guest Bathroom for the Holidays

With a few thoughtful touches and a little creativity, you can transform your bath into an oasis so inviting, your guests may never want to leave.

Create a Festive Powder Room

If you’re expecting holiday guests, welcome them warmly into your home by getting every room into the spirit of the season…even the bath! A few colorful accessories and some quick and easy accents that you can make yourself (with a little bit of mess and a whole lot of fun), are sure to make your guests feel right at home.

Stock Up on Soothers

Nothing beats a long, hot shower after traveling all day. Offer an array of aromatic soaps and gentle scrubbers for guests who want to freshen up.

Give a Cozy Treat

Offer a welcome basket packed with fluffy towels, scented toiletries, and a pair of warm slippers for overnight guests to step into when exiting the bath. Check out the fun gingerbread soaps pictured. They look and smell almost good enough to eat!

Upgrade Your Shower

Treat your guests to a spa-like experience by swapping out your existing showerhead with the easy-to-install head, such as the Delta In2ition® + H2Okinetic. This 2-in-1 shower sculpts water into a unique wave pattern that gives you the feeling of more water without using more (which is incredibly helpful when you’ve got a house full of guests).