We have one week left until fall officially begins. Before we know it, the days will fly by and we’ll be busier than ever with autumn festivals, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can make life a lot easier during the holidays if you take care of a few tasks before the end of September. Use this post as a checklist to get organized and prepare the home for fall and winter events. Be sure to share any of your favorite fall tasks in the comments section too, we love to hear back from our readers.
#1 Fridge & Pantry
Take an inventory of any expired or close-to-expire food in the fridge, freezer and pantry. Once you purge anything you haven’t used in a while, create a shopping list for non-perishable items you may need during the holidays. It will be wonderful when you realize you only have to get a few things for a recipe when the time comes.
#2 Clothes & Accessories
Similar to task one, take an account of clothes, shoes, hats, gloves and other accessories you haven’t worn in over a year. Set aside items that no longer fit as well, donate these items and create a shopping list of new items you’ll need for the cold season.
#3 Dust Everything!
Dust ceiling fans, mini blinds, and all high surfaces that you don’t get to frequently. This will make prepping the home for holiday parties quicker and easier.
#4 Flip Mattresses & Couch Cushions
You should flip mattresses and couch cushions(if applicable) 2-3 times per year. If your couch cushions aren’t the kind you can flip, see if you can remove the cover to wash it and try to fluff the cushions and pillows as much as possible.
#5 Deep Clean Carpets & Upholstery
Vacuum all upholstered items in the home, as well as every carpet. Once that’s finished, shampoo the carpets and let dry for a day. Vacuum the carpets one more time to get anything that might have been left behind after shampooing.
#6 Test All Smoke Detectors
Before the hours of cooking and candle season, make sure all smoke detectors are functioning and have full batteries… just in case.
#7 Winterize Outside (If Applicable)
While you don’t have to completely shut down the outdoors, you can prep it for the cold season. Remove non-essential items susceptible to harsh weather. If you have a pool, get the supplies ready for closing it in a few weeks. Stack and cover patio furniture when it’s not in use, as bad weather can hit at any time. If you’re in a warmer area, skip this step and enjoy fall!