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Winterizing the Apartment

October 31st, 2007 at 07:34 pm

It has finally started to get cold here. I actually had to scrape frost off my car windshield yesterday morning! I have the heater set for 60 (yes, that low) and I heard it kick on overnight. Sigh. Hence comes winter, my least favorite season because I abhor the cold. And lucky me, my overpriced miserable little apartment has practically zero insulation. I have bad memories of me huddling beneath two comforters, wearing full set of thermal undies, sweatshirt, sweatpants...and still feeling frozen.

This year, I'm going to try and be a little more prepared. I went to the Home Depot and bought some weatherstrips, then spent about half hour applying them to the one window in my apartment (I bought the DIY self-stick foam strips...probably not the best but I'm only renting until next Spring so I'm not interested in a longterm solution). While tackling the sliding door, though, I was appalled to see the door would not shut entirely but left about a quarter-inch crack. I'll see if my horrible lazy landlord will fix it; if not, then I can search for a wooden dowel or slab to put in the sliding track that will force the door shut.

Next up is to look for those door draft "snakes." I'm wondering if I could make them myself out of old sweaters or shirts, hmmm, or would that be too hard without a sewing machine?

Hopefully with this planning I'll be more comfortable this winter!

4 Responses to “Winterizing the Apartment”

  1. mom-from-missouri Says:

    I made our snakes--stuffed them with old batting and pea gravel (for the weight). It was easy to do. Another easy way to insulate a window or doorway is to use a pretty quilt or blanket as a curtain over it.

  2. littlemama Says:

    I've heard of some people that use tights (thick pantyhose) to make the snakes. Just cut the leg off,stuff, and hand sew the end closed. Smile

  3. koppur Says:

    We do the quilt thing with the second door in our apt. We have the main door, the a smaller door in the kitchen that we don't use. It doesn't lock from the outside and it leads to the front of the house where our car is parked in the back. Since my Mom makes quilts we have tons of them lyng around the house. When it gets cold we just hang one over the door. Works great!

    Also, you may want to look into platic coating for your windows. You just apply it with a hairdryer and in the spring, it peels right off. Heavy curtains also work great. Smile

  4. ~M Says:

    You could just roll up a towel, tape it to keep it in that shape, and put that on the bottom of your door.

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