> 10 Life-Hacks for Surviving Winter in New England

Bleak, Arctic, Brutal—Those are just some of the words used
to describe winters in New England. After the holiday décor gets wrapped up, we
enter into a period of mystery weather which can range from sunny, 55 degree
days to blizzard conditions dumping up to three feet of snow followed by
miserable winds and ice. Our catchphrase does seem most accurate during winter:
“If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”

Winter in New England is unpredictable, to say the least.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Winter Hacks, which just may
come in handy if you’re snowed in, short of a shovel, lost power, looking to save
on heating costs, or just plain looking to impress with your MacGyver-like

1. Cooking Spray: Not just for the
kitchen! Use it to lubricate shovels for particularly sticky snow, or use it to
unclog your snow blower by spraying the dry auger and inside the discharge
2. Survival Kit: Make sure you keep
the essentials in your car! A shovel, bucket of sand or box of cat litter, wool
blanket, change of socks, and snow brush are a great start and will all come in
handy if you’re traveling during a tricky weather situation.
3. Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol has many
uses when it comes to de-icing. Mix 1 part water to 2 parts rubbing alcohol for
a quick de-icing solution for windshields, locks, and more. For walkways, use ½
gallon of hot water, and 1 teaspoon each of rubbing alcohol and dishwashing

4. Flowerpot Space Heater: You can
very easily make a space heater using a flower pot and some tea lights.
Particularly handy if you lose power, or are looking to save on heating costs! 
5. Insulate: Use thick curtains or
old quilts over your windows to help keep the heat in. You can also tape bubble
wrap around your windows to help stave off any drafts, and line window/door
jams with newspaper.

6. Socks: Place socks on your
windshield wipers to prevent ice buildup. Wearing a pair of socks over your
snow boots (yes, OVER them) will help create better traction in icy situations.
So keep a pair or two in your car!

7. Tinfoil: You can place sheets of
tinfoil behind radiators to help reflect the heat back into the room, rather
than into the wall. Make sure you do not use anything flammable to secure it.

8. Reverse Ceiling Fans: Flip the
switch on your ceiling fans to help circulate rising heat back down into your
home. This will ensure you are using the existing heat to max capacity, thus
cutting your heating bills down.

9. Humidify: Keep a pot or tea kettle
of water boiling to cut down on dryness in the air. Add mulling spices for a
nice scent. Take shorter, lukewarm showers to prevent dry skin. Leave bathwater
in the tub until it cools to room temperature to help humidify the air.

10. Keep Mirrors Clean: You can use
shaving cream to de-fog/prevent fog on mirrors; simply clean the surface with
shaving cream and buff with a clean towel for fogless mirrors lasting up to two
weeks. Enclose car mirrors with Ziploc bags to prevent icy mirrors in the