Fall is in the air bringing vibrant colors, cooler weather and yes, pumpkin flavor everywhere. As the seasons change from the dog days of summer to cool days of fall it’s important to get your home ready for imminent weather changes, both inside and outdoors. These 5 Fall cleaning and organizing tips will help make sure your house is prepared for the colder months ahead.
1. Give your appliances a seasonal check-up
As it gets cooler many of your appliances will be getting more use, especially the furnace, space-heaters, dryer and hot-water heater. Before the days get shorter and the holidays approach, make time to evaluate all of your large appliances to make sure all is running well. This may mean replacing older pieces of piping or reinforcing joints. If you’re not a handyman, don’t be afraid to call the professionals in heating for some light, preventative repairs.
2. Maintain Your Gutters
Making sure your gutters are free from leaves and debris is important between seasons. With fall approaching expect lots of leaves to make their way into your gutters, causing clogging during rainstorms and potential freezing when the temperatures drop. As a preventative measure, clean your cutters beforehand and thank about investing in gutter guards. These are a metal caging attached to the top of gutters to block leaves and dirt from entering. Gutter guards are great to add just before fall to stop the foliage from becoming a problem.
3. Fall Cleaning
Transitioning from summer to fall means exchanging swimsuits for sweaters and beach towels for blankets. Before you re-stock your closet for fall, re-evaluate your summer gear. Get rid of clothing, toys, accessories and decorations you didn’t use this season or won’t use in the future. Donate your items to a thrift store, consign them locally or have a good old-fashioned yard sale. Reducing your clutter will make your home feel bigger for the cooler months when more time is spent inside.
4. Make-over your Mudroom
In the months to come footwear and jackets become much bulkier and dirtier tracking in mud, leaves and eventually snow. In preparation make-over your mudroom so it’s functional for fall. Think about organizing your space and installing extra coat-hooks, shelves and cabinets to keep jackets, umbrellas and rain-boots out of the way.
5. Special Window Treatment
Clear the air
To keep your house from feeling stuffy, leave your windows open when the fall weather is just right. Studies from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report that the air in your home can be more polluted than the air outside. To circulate in the fresh air leave your windows open for at least 20 minutes when the weather is nice. As an added bonus, this could help prevent your family from catching a fall cold (and cut a little cost on the electric bill)!
Seal of approval
When the temperatures begin to drop it’s time to turn on the heater. To keep the heat inside your home and the cash inside your wallet, invest in weather strips for your windows. These can be cheaply purchased at any home improvement store and easily installed and will help you conserve heat and cash.
Thanks for reading, have a great fall!
Author: Jesse Aaron is a professional blogger with a passion for homebrewing and recommends Xtrema for all your serious cooking needs (including homebrewing!). He writes on a variety of topics on his blog, Mashbout. Follow Jesse on Google Plus.