Discover quick and easy ways how to declutter after summer so that your home and garden will be ready for fall.
How to Declutter After Summer Quickly and Easily
With the ending of summer fun, comes fall activities. Now’s the time to put away the warm weather gear and get your home and garden back into shape.
Don’t know where to start? It’s easy if you follow these handy end of summer organizing tips.
1. Gather Swim and Beachwear
Successful decluttering is just a matter of gathering like items such as beach gear, swimsuits, towels, and inflatable toys. Label each bin appropriately and make sure that everything inside has been cleaned and that all sand has been brushed off and removed.
2. Pack Away Summer Partyware
Transition from summer pool and patio events to fall festivities. Collect your summer partyware and pack it away in well-marked storage bins. Be sure to check out any last minutes sales at your local dollar store to restock for next year.
Mom exchanges are perfect for divvying up gently used clothing between families. Do your exchanging now and you will be ready for winter.
3. Deep Clean Patio Furniture
Before you store your patio furniture, don’t forget to hose off everything to remove any dirt and grime. Make sure that all cushions and umbrellas are completely dry, to avoid mold and mildew, which can deteriorate even the most hearty canvas fabric.
4. Tackle Flower Beds
Take the time to clean out your flower beds. End of summer is also a great time to plant certain spring bulbs.
5. Clean Bird Feeders and Bird Baths
Once summer birds have migrated, be sure to wash out all hummingbird feeders and bird baths. You can bring out the suet feeders and winter feed, since cooler weather welcomes winter birds.
6. Sift through Camp Gear
End of summer is perfect for decluttering your camping gear way. Dispose of any broken parts or items. Collect all tent poles, tarps, and cooking gear. Make repairs and make sure everything is clean and dry before putting away.
7. Donate Unused Summer Clothing
Donate clothing you know your children will out grow or not wear next summer. And, as a quick tip, buy a size or two larger of summer closeouts now, so you’ll be ready for next year.
8. Transition to Fall and Winter Clothing
Provide your family with a checklist of fall and winter clothes that they’ll need. Any boots, jackets, hats, mittens, etc. that currently don’t fit, donate them. Remember it’s always best to buy early to save big. You certainly don’t want to find out your favorite winter jacket is too small on the first day of snow.
9. Switch Out Your Home Decor
Switch out your light colored interior pillows and decorations with the deep, rich colors of fall.
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10. Winterize Garden Tools
Winterize your lawn tools and make sure that all pottery has been brought in to avoid breakage from frost and ice.
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Restock Your Pantry
Restock your spices, clean out your pantry and refrigerator of summer snacks and expired food. It’s also a good time to make some school-friendly snacks, like homemade granola.
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For more great cleaning and storage ideas, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Housekeeping Section.