It’s still more than two weeks away, but I am welcoming fall with open arms this year. It’s been so hot here so I have been longing for cooler weather. Not that autumn automatically means it cools off here, but a girl can dream, right?!
It’s barely September but the kids have been in school for a month already which means I have been cleaning the house like nobody’s business. And I have started preparing our home for the fall season. If you’re wondering how to get your house ready for fall too, I’ve got you covered with some excellent ideas.
Easy Ways To Get Your Home Ready For Fall
Getting your home fall-ready is more than decorating your porch with pumpkins and gourds or changing brightly colored throw pillows for more muted toned pillows. There are some crucial tips to get both the inside and outside of your home ready for cooler weather!
INSIDE YOUR HOME
It’s a great idea to inspect your door and windows and seal any gaps before the weather starts to cool. Not only will it help your home stay warm, but you will also save energy and reduce your heating bills.
Washing your windows and screens is also a good idea this time of year. Fall is the perfect time to throw open windows and let fresh, cool air inside before the days get too chilly. Keeping those windows clean will help keep you home free of dirt and debris.
Replacing batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the fall is crucial. I have read that every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms?
And of course, you totally need to break out your fall decorations. I know, as I mentioned before, it’s barely September. You may or may not still be sipping margaritas beside the pool. Here’s the thing, friends. If you wait until the first day of autumn, it will be too late.
Put out that beautiful rust colored throw blanket. I won’t tell anyone. Hang that pretty felt ball bunting on the mantle. You know you wanna. That amazing fall wreath of yours isn’t going to hang itself!
OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
Bring your outdoor furniture in. A big job? Yes. But think of it this way – it cost you money (maybe lots of money) to set that amazing outdoor space up for summer, so if you want to get another season out of it you should store for the fall and winter.
You should fertilize your lawn in the fall. Fertilizing now benefits your landscape by helping your lawn recover from the summer heat, strengthen roots, and increase nitrogen storage for a bright green lawn next spring.
Clean out your gutters. During the summer, rain gutters can collect all sorts of debris, like leaves and insects. All that crud means that water can’t flow properly off your roof. With autumn guaranteed to be wet and windy for many, you should make sure that rainwater downspouts are clear of build-up too.
And of course, again, you need to break out your fall decorations. It’s not too early to put pumpkins on your porch. And you totally need that Hello Fall doormat you’ve been eyeing on Amazon. Just please, whatever you do, do not put up a fall inflatable in your yard. Trust me. It’s not cute.
Hey! I’ve got one last tip for ya. When you’re preparing your home for fall – don’t stress about it, mama. If cleaning your gutters and sealing doors and windows seems like a massive task you’re not ready to tackle, just go and buy a new fall sign at Kirkland’s. That’s really what you wanted to do in the first place, right?!