As summer wanes and the cooler months arrive, it’s time to start prepping for the change of season, regardless of whether you’re thinking of selling your house or simply getting ready for winter.
Here’s a list of must-dos to prepare your house for fall and beyond.
Here are a few ways to get the inside of your home ready for the cooler months.
Switch Out Your Attire
As sad as it is to put away the tank tops and shorts, it’s time to switch them out for long pants and sweaters. It’s also the ideal time to purge your closet of any clothes that don’t fit, don’t reflect your style, or you simply forgot about.
If you find any summer clothes that you didn’t wear at all this year, consider putting them into a donation bag. It’s a good habit to get into for every season and it frees up more closet space for new stuff.
Actually Put Things Away
As easy as it is to just shove socks into a dresser drawer, it’s much more convenient to put your clothes away in a manner that makes it easier for you to find what you need. Drawer organizers can keep your delicates neat and prevent your dresser from looking like a bomb went off.
If you don’t have a dresser, look into vertical storage for your closet to maximize the use of that space. Also, make sure to hang your clothes up once they’re cleaned. Getting them fresh from the dryer can save a lot of time on ironing, too.
Do A Deep Clean
As we move into the fall and winter months, you’re going to be keeping your windows closed and furnaces on and recirculating air in your home. It’s going to get stuffy in there, but if you can get your indoors refreshed now, it won’t feel so stagnant later.
Divide and Conquer
No one’s saying you need to clean the entire house in a day; instead, pick a room and focus your efforts there, or choose one task and do it for the whole house. Breaking it down into smaller steps makes cleaning feel far less overwhelming.
If you live with family or roommates, see if there’s an equitable way to split the chores to make all your lives a bit easier.
Inside your home isn’t the only place that needs cleaning–your yard is likely in need of a good, solid tidying before the snow starts falling.
Say Goodbye To The Patio Furniture
We hate to say it, but unless you’re the type to sit outside in the cold, it’s time to put away the patio furniture. Give it a good cleaning and store it under a tarp to protect it from the cold and damp.
Your lawnmower and weed wacker worked hard for you this summer, so show your appreciation by cleaning them and doing any repairs now so they’re ready for spring.
If you use gas-powered equipment, make sure you properly winterize them—let the equipment run until the gas is gone and change the oil. They’ll be running smoothly come spring.
Rake Before It’s Too Late
You may not even have trees in your yard, but chances are you’ve got leaves on the lawn anyway. As tempting as it is to just let the snow bury them so they’re out of sight, they’ll still be there once the snow melts. Only then they’ll be wet and heavy and gross.
Get them raked up now while they’re dry and save your future self the headache. Rather than just bagging them up and throwing them away, use them for your garden. Leaves work well as mulch for garden beds and can help improve the soil over the winter.
Clean The Gutters
It’s a dirty job, but you’ll be grateful when it’s done. Those lovely autumn leaves can build up in your rain gutters and if they’re still full of old leaves come spring, they can block water from draining away from your house.
Water damage can be costly to repair, so save yourself the bill and get the gutters cleaned out.
Looking to Sell?
If you’re looking to get your home clean and organized to sell it, the Mayne Brothers can tell you what buyers look for and what they don’t want to see. They have 40 years combined experience in the Okanagan and can guide you on this journey. For more information, call 250-860-0303 any time, day or night.