We’re getting to that time of year that most people dread.  Cold days, colder nights, and even colder mornings getting out of your nice warm bed.  The seemingly endless task of shoveling(unless you have a service) is always daunting.  Basically, unless you really love winter, this time of the year can be a real pain.  Below are some life hacks to make your day to day that much better(and warmer) throughout the winter.

Make your shovel work better

Spray your shovel with nonstick cooking spray or silicone-based lubricant to help prevent snow from sticking.

Now that you know how to properly use your shovel, here’s another one. Sweep light snow away with a broom rather than a shovel. Why? It will be less the effort and the broom will also ensure you get all the light snow.

Create your own path de-icer

If you run out of salt but need to de-freeze your steps or driveway, mix together one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and half a gallon of hot water, and pour over sidewalks and driveways to melt ice.

Have pre-warmed clothes

Put an electric blanket in your drawer on an automatic timer with the clothes you plan on wearing, so when you go to put your clothes on in the morning they are nice and toasty like they’ve just come out of the drier.

Have a warm bed waiting

Similar to the idea of pre warmed clothes, use the heat blanket under your sheets 15 minutes prior to going to bed to make sure you have a nice toasty warm bed.  You can also use many hot water bags to accomplish the same task.

Have your coffee ready for you

If you attach your coffee machine to an automatic timer you can have it set to turn on 15 minutes before you get up, so you have a fresh, warm cup of coffee ready for you the minute you get downstairs.  If you already have a timer on your coffee machine, you’re one step ahead.

You can also use your automated coffee maker to prepare, hot chocolate, oatmeal, ramen, or soup. The only difference is that you will want to put your ingredients in the pot instead of in the filter.

These are just a few simple life hacks that can help improve having to deal with the cold of winter.  There are many more out there if you know where to look!

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