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This time of year, it's not just about the leaves changing colors and enjoying a nice cool breeze. There are some easy fall cleanup tips you can try to spruce up your home inside before winter comes! Learn these 7 tasks to prep your home this fall.
One of the things I find most frustrating about fall is how much “nature” gets dragged into my house! Seems like every wet leaf and pine needle comes in on the bottom of the kids’ shoes. Then, from our entryway, they’re tracked up the stairs and stick in the carpet. I hate that!
Before winter sets in, make sure to get your home in order. Here are some fall cleanup tips that will help you feel more organized and ready for the coming cold months! The right organization can go a long way when trying to avoid stress during these hectic holiday times.
Indoor tasks to prep your home this fall
Wash all rugs and floors
Was the last time you did this big chore during spring cleaning? Or maybe a year ago? Take small rugs outside to shake out before machine-washing if possible. Do a thorough vacuuming and wash all your flooring so you can host family and friends this season with your home looking its best.
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Pack away warm-weather clothes and gear
It can be hard to say goodbye to summer when winter comes around, but make sure you store any clothes and gear from warm weather in preparation. I clean out our entryway closet of windbreakers and swim stuff to make room for heavier coats and boots. Each family member stores their summer clothing in an underbed storage box, opening up room in drawers for fall and winter clothes.
Clean out/replace old spices
In my home, fall means lots of baking with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. So, it’s a great time to check on the spice rack! If you don't go through the spices often, or if there are expired ones among them – throw away all of those dated ingredients.
You can also update your storage to get you looking forward to spicing things up once with the holiday cooking and baking season. Be sure and try our favorite soft molasses cookies.
Organize school paperwork
Since the kids went back to school, have you been piling up the papers that come home? How big is that pile?! Clear clutter by taking the time to go through and either save, file or recycle each and every piece. I keep an accordion file for each kid where I save anything sentimental or super important. Everything else goes!
To avoid this happening again, designate a space in your home where you’ll keep the pile. Then set a time on your calendar every other week to go through the paperwork. That way, you won’t miss anything important, plus the pile will be small enough to not become overwhelming clutter.
Outdoor tasks to prep your home this fall
Tidy your yard
Fall is the perfect time to clean up your yard! Make sure you do it before winter and freezing temperatures set in. Removing leaves from an overgrown lawn, sidewalks or driveway will protect not only your home's exterior but also its foundation against damage caused by all those extra pounds of fallen leaves.
Prune bushes and trees
Pruning and prepping your ornamental bushes and trees in preparation for winter helps them grow back green again come spring. Do not throw leaves or grass clippings under large trees as this can damage their roots, causing root rot that will make it difficult to flourish next year!
Rake up all dead twigs before pruning so they don't end up on top of each other when you're done working which might cause injury if touched by human hands later down the line.
Clean and store outdoor gear
Now’s the time to clean off patio furniture and cover if necessary. Clean off outdoor tools and gadgets with the garden hose before drying well and storing away in a shed or the basement. I set a date on the calendar annually to get this done before the first frost.
We also have to turn off the water to our outdoor spigots, drain the hose and then cover the spigots to avoid frozen pipes.
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The leaves change colors, you can finally wear your favorite sweaters again, and pumpkin-flavored everything has returned to grocery stores. But make sure you also take some time this fall to prepare inside and outside your home for the winter months ahead. See how Neato Robotics can help you with that!