Winter-proofing ideas

Here’s how to keep your home warm and body strong this winter.


Cover your exposed floor. Your house loses at least 10% of its warmth through the floor, so add a rug, blanket or even an extra piece of vinyl flooring. TIP Your feet have a huge impact on your body temperature, so make sure you wear socks, slippers or snug boots.

For draughts under your doors, make a DIY door sausage. Cut one leg off of an old pair of stockings or leggings. Or for a more stylish solution, use one of your children’s old printed leggings! Tie or sew one end closed, fill with sand, uncooked rice or beans and sew or tie the open end closed.

Add cosy soft furnishings. Extra blankets, cushions and throws on beds, chairs and floors will help keep the cold away.

Keep your roof, gutters and drains clear. Remove leaves and debris to help the rain water drain away quicker and avoid overflowing down your walls.


Diet – Eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible. They are high in vitamins and a great source of anti-oxidants, which all help fight off the flu. TIP Citrus fruit, which contains loads of vitamin C, are in season now, so they are more affordable.

Exercise – Take a fast-paced walk of about 20 minutes three or four times a week. This will boost your white blood cell count, which strengthens your immune system.

Sleep – Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. This will keep your body and mind strong.


Feature image: Ackermans Magazine June 2015 | Photography: Greg Cox | Styling: Tara Sloggett