1) Shoveling Snow
There’s several ways to keep yourself safe when it gets icy- you can never take too many precautions even if you’re just walking up and down the driveway. Of course, the best way to avoid shoveling snow is to live somewhere warmer but.. we’re in the north country, so get those shovels revved up! If you have an extra $10 or $20 lying around hire the neighbors kid or the hardware savvy gentleman with the snowblower down the road.
Another small tip that can go a long way is keeping an eye on the sky.. literally! Be sure to know when the snow is going to fall or when there will be long periods without snow fall. The best time to shovel your driveway is before it ices over and those few hours between a snow fall can be crucial! Stay safe out there, kids!
2) Decorating the House
For starters, don’t try to be a super hero. If your ladder is twice the size of yourself and you have to climb it think twice and double the amount of hands you have! If you need more than one person to get the job done keep your pride at the door- even Santa needs help spreading cheer so you should accept help, too!
For those that are lazier at heart, why not consider prepping your house for decorations year-round? People use outdoors lights for Christmas, Halloween, sometimes even Easter, or just for setting the mood- why not trying hanging up some hooks or clasps that can stay there? Replace your lights for the occasion without having to break out the hammer, nails, or tape again (or at least for as long as the hooks hold-up!)
3) Cooking for the Holiday's
Just take it all one step at a time. Some people may rely on you for that holiday grub, but if you can delegate some of the cooking duties you should! Taking less time to multi-task and more time to focus on what’s on the cutting board can help in more ways than one. You aren’t scrambling to meet multiple timers, you’ve potentially freed up some cooking space, AND you’ve freed up your hands so you aren’t wishing to grow a few more!
If you have a full house, use it to your advantage! There’s nothing like getting your household in the holiday spirit like a day full of cooking. Like we said above, it tends to get hot in the kitchen. So make sure you’ve got your oven mitts at the ready, an apron (preferably one that covers your chest and is water proof in-case of splashing or spillage), the fire extinguisher at the ready, and of course proper ventilation! Burnt cookies can be remade but a smokey house can get dangerous!
Whether you’re cooking or decorating, stay safe this holiday season and remember! The holiday’s can be a pain on your wallet, but they don’t have to be a pain on you!!