There’s a cool breeze in the air, the leaves are falling, and Halloween candy has arrived on grocery store shelves; fall is officially in full swing! We know Minnesotans are all about making the most of the beautiful seasonal weather. After all, it doesn’t always last long, right?
However, we’d like to suggest adding something to your list other than apple picking this fall: wrapping up lingering home projects. In a lot of ways, autumn is the last real chance to get your home base organized before the hectic holiday hustle begins! Read our ideas for getting everything in order before your winter hibernation below.
Clean Out the Clutter
Honestly, cleaning away the clutter is helpful any time of year. But, there’s a big reason why we think this matters most in the fall: holiday stuff. So many people and things are going in out of our homes from November through January. Now is the time to do a little sorting, donating, and throwing away of the stuff you don’t use or need.
Put Away Summer Gear
As the seasons’ change the things we wear and use also change. Start sorting through your clothing and storing away the summer items you won’t need for months (and get rid of things that are worn out). Move outside and get the kids to help you put away their pool toys, summer sports equipment, and outdoor gear.
Give the Landscaping Love
Fall is the time to get everything squared away outside. The maintenance you do now is crucial to your lawn and landscaping thriving in the spring. Beyond the obvious leaf raking, be sure to clean out your gutters, fix any lose pavers or sidewalk divets (which could cause injuries once hidden by snow), and cover your plants as needed.
Prep the Wood Burning Fireplace
There is nothing cozier than a warm fire on a chilly day! If you’re dreaming about gathering by the fire this winter, then you should think about getting everything clean and ready to use now. Annual inspections and upkeep are an essential to fireplace and chimney safety. Let things go by the wayside could put your family in real danger. Please, call in a pro if you don’t know what to do.
Stock and Organize the Pantry
Along with cleaning out clothing or kitchenware that you aren’t using, fall is an excellent opportunity to take stock of your pantry. Clean up that rice you spilled six months ago and throw away the canned food that expired five years ago. Once you’ve pared down, you can rearrange and find new and more efficient ways to store what you need. And remember, kitchen storage has progressed a lot in recent years. Browse a few home improvement stores for ideas (or talk to a remodeler!) if your pantry is still lacking after all of this reorganization.
We hope this list will help you get a jump on your seasonal chores. And don’t forget, we’re just a phone call away if you want a professional to help you make the most of your space. Our team can create that organized mudroom, efficient kitchen, or holiday-hosting ready family room!