It’s getting to be that time of year again — the weather is getting colder, the hot cocoa is heating up and of course, the leaves are falling down and creating a beautiful scenery. When it comes to prepping your immediate space for the season to come, you may not know where to begin. That’s okay, though. There are a few key things you can do to get your home on the right track for autumn so you and your family can cozy up and enjoy the weather.
From the practical elements to the slightly more whimsical and decorative fun, you can set some time aside to dive in and prepare your house for the season to come. Some tasks will require a bit of effort and thought, while others may take just a few moments. It’s all about finding balance.
1. Clean the Gutters
With leaves falling down and rain rolling in, your gutters will be of more use than ever during the fall. If they’re not clean, it can cause damage to the exterior of your home, not to mention water pooling and other inconveniences caused through clogging or blockages. Having clean gutters can ensure that debris and water are less likely to get stuck or clogged and that your gutters can function as they should. This also means cleaning the gutters periodically throughout the season.
2. Fertilize Your Lawn
While fertilizing your lawn in the fall may not leave dazzling results right away, it will catch every eye on the block come springtime. Fertilizing in the fall will leave your spring lawn lush, green and easy growing. Finding a quality fertilizer for your lawn and spreading it evenly is essential for optimal growth. The formula and the time of year is important.
Ideally, you’ll find a 20-8-8 fertilizer — the numbers stand for the ingredient quantity of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. You’ll also want to fertilize around October or even November for the perfect lawn come spring, so you have time to prepare.
3. Clean the Garage
Making sure you have a clean and tidy garage can help you store the tools and items you’ll need to care for your home in the fall, and keep bugs and other pests out of your space as the weather starts to get colder outside. Fall is the time of year that pests tend to look for places to hide in warmer spaces, and cleaning out your garage can help you be sure that all of your cracks and crevices are taken care of. Inspecting the area and making sure the garage door is secure can also be of great use.
4. Break Out the Blankets
One fun way to prepare the inside of your home for the autumn chill is breaking out the blankets and textiles that make your living spaces feel warm and cozy. This can be beneficial for the practical purposes of keeping you and your family warmed up, and it can help to aesthetically warm the space. What feels more delightfully autumn than a room filled with comfortable textiles?
If you have a set of blankets, pillows and sheets that are designated for colder months, take a bit of time at the start of fall to make the switch. They could bring about a brand new essence of happiness and warmth.
5. Clean the Fireplace
If your home has a fireplace, cleaning it out at the start of fall can prep it for easy, seamless use whenever that first chilly evening hits. You want to be ready to curl up by the fire at a moment’s notice, so why not prepare for it? When you neglect to clean your fireplace, soot buildup can cause unpleasant smells and even fire hazards. Ideally, you should clean your chimney once a year — plus, you can DIY it if you’re looking to save some cash.
6. Find Some Unique Scents
Just because you don’t have a fireplace doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the delicious autumn scents. Bring the fireplace to you or bring the gorgeous fall rain and leaves indoors with some candles and aromatherapy to really spice the place up. Try out some essential oils with woodsy charm like spruce or clove, or go for the glow of a classic candle on your desk.
7. Light Up the Place
It’s no secret that the end of summer spells a lot less light for the rest of the year. Even as the sun sets earlier and earlier, you don’t have to let the darkness clutter your mood. Finding extra sources of lighting to add to your space that can bring some extra warmth and glow to your evenings can uplift the mood of the whole family. Try out some string lights or fairy lights if you’re looking to get cozy. That way, dim evenings feel more like an aesthetic choice and don’t drag you down.
Fall in Love With Your Home
With your home fully prepped for the chillier months and the falling leaves all around, you and your family will be able to enjoy the comfortable, cozy environment you’ve cultivated. What autumn project are you itching to get a jump on?