For a lot of Canadians fall is a time to celebrate. Hockey is back, leaves are changing, and pumpkin flavored treats are everywhere. But as summer starts winding down, our homes might need a re-freshening. Take the next few weeks to make sure your home is ready for the new season just as much as you are. Making the extra effort now can make a huge difference when next summer rolls around.
Clean the grill. As summer ends, so does grilling season. Give the whole grill a good scrub before packing it up for the season, instead of letting all of this summer’s gunk sit on it for months. It will cause a lot less hassle when you bring it out next year and want to start some outdoor barbequing.
Prepare summer items for storage. Outdoor furniture, lawn chairs and pool toys usually aren’t used year-round. Clean your summer items thoroughly and pack them away for next year. Donate any items that you know you won’t be using again, and throw out anything that is broken or unusable.
Give the house a thorough cleaning. Thoroughly cleaning every room in your home is an excellent way to de-clutter and help your home feel refreshed at the beginning of a new season. Summer can get messy and disorganized, so having a good clean-up before fall begins is an excellent way to avoid losing track of things or feeling like your home has become a chaotic mess. Clean and organize the garage as well, and make sure everything you need for fall is at accessible.
Check your gutters. It’s always a good idea to do a thorough cleaning before leaves begin falling. Gutter debris can create tremendous problems if not cleaned regularly. Debris that gets caught in your gutters can cause a serious buildup, and overflowing gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems and cracked foundations.
Give your home a good dusting. It’s important to clean your house of the dust that has built up over the summer. Make sure that baseboards and bookshelves are free of dust as not to blow it around when the heater turns on.
Doing these few tasks at the end of summer will help your home be ready for fall, and make the transition into the new season as smooth as possible.