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Before the frost: three pre-winter cleaning tips for Melbourne homes

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Whether you’re a lifelong Melburnian or only recently made the move here you will know one thing: winters can be frightful. Those frosty mornings, gloomy days and chilly nights make us Melburnians wonder if our city really is part of the “sunburnt country” and not somewhere a little more… arctic?


This alone makes the need for pre-winter cleaning imperative. Why? Because there are simply so many jobs inside and outside of the house that you simply don’t want to find yourself doing when it feels like you might freeze outside.


So, grab the best bin hire Dandenong has to offer, it’s time to clean the home before that winter chill stops us from getting off the couch for a few months of the year:


  1. Clean the garage


If your garage doesn’t enjoy the same heating system as the rest of the home then you might want to get this out of the way first. We often allow our garages to become messy and unsightly, especially if it’s used as a launching space for summer fun.


Unfortunately, this means you might find yourself leaving it into the winter months, all with the knowledge that the garage is now full of strewn around sporting goods, camping equipment, old junk that you know you don’t need and it has a floor like a farm pen.


If your garage has taken on a lot of junk in the past few years, it might be a good idea to bring in a small skip bin so that you can easily dispose of all the stuff you have but don’t necessarily need anymore.


You do not want to be cleaning this in the winter months, so be sure to clean out that filthy garage before the winter chill makes it unbearable to stand around it.


  1. Bring in the garden furniture


One of the great things about cleaning your garage pre-winter is that it allows space for other things like, for example, your garden furniture! Melbourne winters can get pretty rowdy, with unexpected storms wreaking havoc on our backyards.


Sure, garden furniture covers can work for a while, but what happens when that big winter storm comes rolling through and really causes a ruckus for your covered furniture?


The best thing to do to keep that nice new outdoor lounge set safe from the wild, windy, rainy winter elements is to bring it in for the winter. You won’t have to worry about your furniture coverings failing to get the job done, as your furniture will be safely tucked away in the garage…


  1. Pre-winter working bee


If you’re a garden lover you will know that you should ensure that it is absolutely winter prepped. You don’t want to come out to your garden in spring and find that your garden has copped it in the winter months because you didn’t prepare it correctly!


So, there are a few things you can do to ensure your garden is winter prepped, including:


  • " Removing diseased plants;

  • " Add soil amendments like compost and manure;

  • " Remove invasive weeds;

  • " Plant cover crops;

  • " Plant bulbs and;

  • " Regenerate your compost


If you find yourself having to do a big pre-winter working bee, a skip bin is the perfect partner for getting the job done with ease…

These jobs will not only help to maintain your garden for the winter months, but they will also prep your home for every gardener’s favourite time of the year: spring!



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