6 Good Habits to Get Into This Fall
Fall. Some of us hate it, and some of us love it. Either way, it is the prime time to get your home and life organized for the impending winter months. Getting yourself organized in the fall can really set you up to be on the ball in the spring when you want to start your garden and other landscaping projects.
So below are a couple of ideas for you when contemplating what you should be doing after work (as if there isn’t already a huge list of things!!) to get yourself ready for the winter months.
Cleanup the Yard
This includes cleaning up any debris from flower beds, your garden, and walkways to get them ready for spring. But it doesn’t stop there. Clean out the gutters! This is always a good thing to do, but especially before the snow hits and it becomes compacted grit + ice. And finally, rake the leaves! This is a good opportunity to clean up any foliage that is left on the lawn. It will allow the lawn to dry out much faster when the spring comes.
Along with cleaning up the yard is cleaning up the tools that you use to manage the yard. Instead of just throwing them into a shed, it is a good idea to make sure they are clean of anything that could rust, smells, or rot.
Check your winter tools
If you use a snow blower in the winter, it is good to make sure it is in good working condition. Nothing is worse than having a huge snow storm and no way to clear your driveway. It is also a good time to check if you have shovels, and potentially a bag of ice melter. These are items that you will likely reuse each year so it is good to have them on hand.
Pack in any furniture of decorations that could be impacted by snow
A lot of patio furniture comes with cushions and other fabric coverings, which can be destroyed by sitting out in the snow all winter. Bringing any of these furniture or decorative items into a shed will make them last longer (you might as well get your money’s worth!).
Swap your wardrobe out for more layers
Bring out the sweaters! I love sweater season so when fall comes around I always make sure to have a bunch of options to choose from. But this also includes bringing out your mittens, hats, scarves, and heavier jackets. Sometimes the weather can change drastically overnight, and you will wake up to something much colder than you are used to!
Clean the chimney
If you have a wood fireplace, then it is important to clean the chimney each year, maybe even a couple times a year. Ideally you will have it completed before the cold weather comes, because when you have the chimney cleaned there has to be no warmth coming from the stove, which means you could end up having no fire for a couple of days.
You can hire someone to do it for you if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself. It is recommended you have someone come earlier rather than later because late in the fall could be very busy for these professionals and you may end up waiting longer than you anticipated to have your chimney cleaned.
If you do feel comfortable doing it yourself, you will need a chimney brush on hand. This is something you should buy just to have if you feel as though you will continue to do it yourself.
And finally, the most notorious activity – Start your Christmas list!
Getting an idea of what you want to buy for your family members and friends will better equip you to make purchases if you see a sale on the items from your list. This also will allow you to beat the crowds, which is a win for everyone. Having a list ahead of time will also allow you to check for online deals as well. This way you can order the things you want without ever having to step foot into a busy mall. Just make sure you order well in advance because peak ordering times (End of Nov) can take much longer to reach you.
Now you are ready for winter and the coming holiday season! Who knew being prepared was so much fun?