Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.
It's never too early to prepare. Those are the words I live by. August is in full swing, and while the weather is still offering summer, the hint of Autumn lingers on the breeze. Now is the perfect time to start making preparations for those cooler seasons. Below I've outlined seven important areas to consider as you prepare your home for fall.
1. Tackle Pests
Take a look around your home, inside and out. Look for cracks, holes, and other areas where pests can enter. Seal or repair everything you can, and stock up on rodent kits and ant traps.
Recently, we had an issue with mice. This was the first time in years that we've had a problem. Identifying where the mice were getting in was the first step. Glue traps worked, but unfortunately, the mice kept visiting. Instead of buying more traps, we decided to grab a rodent barrier kit. Mice don't like chewing on the steel wool and it's an inexpensive solution.
As for ants, I like to sprinkle Sevin around the perimeter of the house. I always keep two types of ant traps handy in case they enter uninvited, one for carpenter ants and one for the smaller black ants. They work like a charm every time.
2. Clean Your Lint Traps
Fire safety is always at the top of my mind. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home dryer fires are reported each year. This type of fire peaks in the fall and winter months, and the leading cause? Not cleaning the lint filter and dryer vents.
I clean out my dryer's lint tray regularly, but twice a year, I take my brush out to thoroughly clean the trap in the dryer and the vent outside. It only takes a few minutes and gives me peace of mind.
As you prepare your home for the cooler seasons, take a few minutes to make sure that yours are clean too.
3. Fire Safety
Speaking of fire safety, as you make your preparations, take a little time to check that your smoke detectors are still in working condition. Switch out the batteries and be sure to check the dates on your devices. The National Fire Protection Agency advises that smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
Many smoke detectors double as carbon monoxide detectors, but it's also a good idea to have one that is closer to ground level. According to the NFPA, there should be a carbon monoxide detector in a central location outside of each sleeping area and at least one on every floor of your home, as well as other locations required by local codes and laws.
It's also a good idea to make sure that you have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher handy.
4. Clean Your Ceiling Fans
It's wonderful to have the windows open in the spring and summer, but it does allow for dust and dirt to collect on your ceiling fan blades. Before you close your home up for the cooler months, give your ceiling fans a fresh start. Clean them up using warm water and soap, or use my trick: Murphy's Oil Soap diluted in water. I love Murphy's because it's a versatile cleaner, and it works like magic to repel dust and dirt on the fan blades. While you're up there, be sure to switch your fans from summer to winter mode. Not sure which mode your fan is in? Your fan should spin counterclockwise during the summer and clockwise in the winter.
5. Clean and Organize Your Refrigerator
This is an activity best done before your next grocery trip. As you take everything out, check the expiration dates. Toss anything that has gone bad or those items you thought your family would love, but didn't. Wash the shelves and the inside, then reorganize everything. It's helpful to put Glade Press and Seal on the shelves before you put them back in to keep messes at bay. Don't forget to clean the freezer.
This is also the time to clean the condenser coils and the kickplate grille.
When you finish, you might also want to tackle your pantry. You might find a few things you forgot you had and you can make a pile of non-perishable items to donate.
6. Clean Out Your Gutters
This is a task you might need to save for later, after the majority of the leaves have fallen. You want to be sure that your gutters are clear of obstructions so they can fulfill their purpose, moving water away from your house. My husband makes quick work of this task twice a year with a leaf blower.
7. Clean Out Your Closet
Now is the perfect time to tackle your closet. Take stock of what you wore the past few months and what you didn't. Get rid of any items that only take up space. Go through your cold weather attire and get rid of anything that no longer fits. Be sure that your coat is in good condition and fits properly, too. Same goes for shoes and belts. Make a list of items you need and keep an eye out for sales.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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