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You’ll never guess what I did last weekend.
Ever. In the history of ever.
You’ll never find the answer to that question because currently it’s filed away under too much time on my hands.
The twins rolled their eyes at me. My mother rolled her eyes at me. You are probably going to hop aboard the eye-rolling bandwagon, too, once I tell you that I spent last Saturday evening making sure my lightbulbs in my lamps all matched from the outside.
Totally eye-roll worthy.
I get it.
But I couldn’t help it. The light bulbs were different colors. Some were bright white and some were a soft glow and some were super yellow. I couldn’t even with it. So I ran up and down the stairs and walked in and out of the house looking at the lights and going back in again and switching out the bulbs until they all matched with the soft warm glow of light bulb coordination.
That’s the thing about houses. Sometimes a little change can make a big difference. Today is all about change and preparation and taking stock and making a list and checking it twice to get the house ready for the change of seasons.
Here are 10 simple tips to get your house ready for fall.
Pull down your boxes of fall decorations
I know it’s August. You probably just came in from drinking lemonade and collecting floaties from the pool.
But here’s the thing. If you wait until you think you should be decorating for fall, it will be too late.
You’ll finally decide to pull the boxes down from the attic and then you’ll realize that you only have 6.7 days until you should be decorating for Christmas.
And you’ll shrug your shoulders and put a pumpkin on the dining table and call it done.
If you want to decorate for fall, pull down the boxes and sort through them. Just because you have it, doesn’t mean you should decorate with it. Acorns with faces and top hats are so 2014. Sort through your last year’s fall decor and then toss, keep or donate.
Create a fall pin board
Now that you’ve sorted through your fall decorations, you might need some inspiration on how to use them. Maybe spray paint? Maybe moving an acorn from one wreath to another? Maybe a wreath made out of book pages? A new project? This is the point in your journey where you need inspiration.
Every year right about this time I start pinning fall inspiration to get my house ready for fall.
That’s when I turn to Pinterest.
And right about now, Pinterest is full of the beautiful that is fall.
If you need some ideas, I’ve pinned tons of fun fall inspiration to this board.
Clean off your outdoor furniture
Your outdoor furniture has lived a good summer.
Take a moment to clean it off and get it ready for next year. Take the cushions off and hose down any dirt, stains or barbeque sauce. Wipe down the furniture and clean out cobwebs and the occasional insect condominium.
Then you’ll want to decide what you are doing with the furniture for the winter months.
You can purchase covers to shield it from the wind, rain, snow, sleet, and hail.
Or you can store it in the garage or outbuilding to protect it from the winter elements.
Clean out your planters
I really wrote this one for me.
I never do this.
Every year, I’m always in such a hurry to decorate that I just stuff my Christmas decorations into planters full of leaves and extra dirt and nonsense. And then? All that nonsense stays there all winter and hardens into a nonsense crust that I can’t get rid of.
Don’t be like me.
Clean out your planters before your Christmas trees show up.
Organize the garage
This is the not-exciting part of this post.
Let’s have a fun weekend organizing and cleaning out our garage—said no one EVER.
But if you take a moment to grit your teeth and garage cleaning bare it, you will be so much happier when the first leaf falls from the sky and you don’t trip over anything trying to find your rake. Take a Saturday to sort through the piles in your garage and then toss, keep or donate.
(total fall getting ready aside: this is also a good time to assess what tools for all those fall chores, too.)
Paint your front door
Or your back door. Or your side door. Or whatever door your guests really use.
Winter comes right after fall and it’s never a good idea to paint your door in the middle of winter.
So why not rethink your door now.
Freshen it up with a coat of gray or black or soft blue or you might go bold with red.
It’s an easy fix that takes an afternoon and gets your porch or entrance ready for fall.
Just make sure that when you paint–you avoid doing something like this.
Add a wreath
See this front door? It’s wreathless. Time to start thinking about my fall wreath now.
You could always buy one at the store or you could make your own.
Sometimes I do both.
I buy a wreath and then make it my own.
Just like these wood slice wreath options.
Flip your rugs
This is something I file away with flipping my mattresses.
In the category of I never do it.
My rugs get all faded from the sunlight from the window and half the rug looks worn and traveled and the part under the table looks brand new.
Help your rugs live a long and healthy life by flipping them every fall.
Reverse your ceiling fans
In the summer, the air conditioning is going full steam ahead and the fans are there to help with air flow.
But in the winter you can save money on your heating bills if you reverse the fan so it turns in a clockwise direction.
This moves warm air close to the ceiling down to the floor.
It’s typically pretty easy to change the direction of your fan with a switch, but here’s a step-by-step I found on how to do it.
Wash windows and blinds
I typically wash my windows inside when I see dirt or smudges.
Not so much.
I wait until it’s almost fall or almost spring and use a window cleaner that attaches to your hose and I wash the windows down.
Then inside, I give the sills and outside of the windows a wipe-down, too.
You never really notice how dirty your windows are until you clean them.
Here’s one last tip.
When you’re getting your house ready for fall enjoy the season ahead.
Don’t overthink it.
Don’t overfall your house if it all seems a little too much.
If cleaning your windows and flipping your rugs and making sure all your light bulbs match seems too overwhelming, just find a new pillow at Home Goods and call it a day.
That kind of getting your house ready for fall leaves plenty of time for the important things in life….
….like the Hallmark Channel or a really good book.
A giant shout out to my friends at Homes.com for inspiring me to get my house ready for fall.
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They are generally the rock star of the real estate world.
If you don’t have time to get ready for fall now. No worries. We got your back. Here’s a fun infographic to pin for later.