Today is the first day of October and fall is in full swing at my house. But there is a bit of prep that goes into getting my house ready for fall. The switch of seasons can be kind of daunting with all the changes that take place. Kids go to school, the heat has gone away, the garden is wrapping up, and we are looking forward to warm, feel good, home cooked meals! But there is a ‘must do’ list to get my family officially in fall.
And here it is:
1. Change the filter in the furnace. By changing the filter you are ensuring your furnace will be working at peak performance once you need to fire it up on that first chilly night.
2. Put the fall wreath on the door. It may seem like a no brainier but I have forgotten in the past and put the wreath up just before Thanksgiving. I missed out on over 6 weeks of fall beauty. Take 2 minutes and put the wreath on the door.
3. Decorate your doorway. A bit more than a wreath add a few potted mums, gourds and pumpkins or a bundle of dry corn stalks. This simple addition will brighten your entryway and make your home very welcoming.
4. Clean the blades on your ceiling fan. That is right, a bit of cleaning. If you are like me, your ceiling fans have been spinning all summer to help keep air moving and keep energy bills down. But if you were to stop them you will see that one side of each blade is caked in dust. Yuck. Go ahead and use an old pillowcase to clean them. Open the pillowcase and slide it over the blade. Use the pillowcase to grab the dust and capture it in the case. Once all blades are clean take the case outside and turn it inside out, close your mouth and eyes and shake. Wash the case and you are done!
5. Instal the glass door in your screen door. It takes just a few minutes and some times, some muscle but by installing the glass door insert in the screen door you will be creating a solid barrier to keep the cool breezes of fall out but allow the heat of the sun to warm your home.
6. Check your smoke alarm battery. A simple check of a smoke detector battery can save your life. Make sure you have working smoke detectors with working batteries on each floor of your home.
There you go! 6 simple things you can do TODAY to get your home ready for fall. Your house will be beautiful, a bit cleaner and a bit more energy efficient. That is worth a few pennies don’t you think?
What am I missing from my fall list? What does your family to to ready the house to welcome fall?Pin It