Ways to Prepare Your Home and Yard For Fall
Cleaning and Maintenance Tips
Getting your home and garden fall-ready can be a bit of a challenge, but with a little know-how and the right tools, you’ll not only freshen up your abode but will make it safer for you and your family. Here are some tips to keep your house and yard looking and feeling it’s best.
Decluttering your home for fall will save you time and heartache. Afterall, who wants to move piles of clutter out of the home when it’s cold outside? According to Air Biotics USA, a decluttered space leads to a decluttered mind.
Cleaning and organizing your home has multiple benefits, and it can add ample space to your home, bring about less stress and boost your mood and encourage a more relaxing environment.
Clean Up Your Yard
Sometimes our yards can give off an unsightly junkiness that screams “stay away.” After all, one of the benefits of having a beautiful garden is to make your home feel inviting. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Marie Kondo method of tidying up, which incorporates getting rid of anything that isn’t causing you joy. The same principle can be applied to your yard.
After you’ve removed anything that serves no purpose or just doesn’t “spark joy,” organize your tools and other equipment by category, making them easier to find. After you’ve given everything a new home, think of ways to reinvent your space by optimizing the space you have. This will give your garden and your home and completely different feel.
Cultivate Your Garden
Since spring flowers lay dormant in the fall and winter, they’ll be ready once it starts to get warm again. However, plants such as tulips and daffodils rely on the heaviness of winter to bloom in the spring. If you want colorful flowers in the cooler spring months, cool-season plants are the way to go, as they add a splash of color to your garden, no matter how dreary the weather is. Plant hellebores or Iceland poppy for added effect.
Seal Your Windows
There’s nothing quite as uncomfortable as a freezing draft through the window when you’re trying to keep warm in the dead of winter. Caulk is a quick and inexpensive remedy that will seal your windows and doors to keep the cold air out. An added bonus? Caulk can also keep pesky bugs from entering your home.
The application is quite easy: Just peel off the old caulk with a putty knife and apply using a squeeze tube, can or even cords for small jobs. Caulking is flexible and makes for a speedy job you can get done in one day.
Get Your Home Cold Weather Ready
Aside from just looking nicer, tackling any overflowing gutters will maintain the structure of your house. Gutter cleaning also ensures that your roof stays intact and protects your foundation from water damage. The amount and type of foliage you have will determine how often you need to clear out the gutters.
Inspect your roof for loose or curling shingles, which can worsen with the arrival of rain and snow. If you see any loose shingles or need for repair, contact a professional to get your roof in tip top shape before cold weather arrives.
During the fall, we also use more gas for the fireplace and the furnace. Make sure your furnace filters have been replaced and that the fireplace has been sufficiently cleaned so harmful toxins don’t enter the home. Also, make a point to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors to see that they’re working and add fresh batteries. These small life-saving devices will keep your family safe in the long run.
A healthy home is a happy home. Before you get busy with fall activities, make your life easier by maintaining the beauty and safety of your home. Create a checklist of these very important tips so you can more easily fall back this season.