Usher in fall with a clean and organized house using these quick and easy declutter strategies and helpful cleaning tips.
With the ending of summer fun, comes fall activities. But lest you forget, all that home and garden stuff you dragged out and used during the last several months needs to be addressed.
And what better time than end of summer to do some much needed decluttering and cleaning.
Besides, you won’t be needing your summer items for several more seasons.
Not sure where to start? It’s easy if you follow these handy decluttering and cleaning tips.
1. Swim and Beachwear
Successful decluttering is just a matter of gathering like items such as beach gear, swimsuits, towels, and inflatable toys. Place these in bins and label each appropriately. It’s also essential to make sure that everything inside has been cleaned and all sand (or dirt) has been brushed off or removed.
2. Summer Partyware
Transition from summer pool and patio events to fall festivities, lickety-split. First, collect your summer partyware and pack it away in well-marked storage bins. Then, be sure to check out any last minutes sales at your local dollar store to restock for next year.
3. Deep Clean Patio Furniture
Before you store your patio furniture, don’t forget to hose everything off to remove any dirt and grime. Also, make sure that all cushions and umbrellas are completely dry before storing, to avoid mold and mildew, which can deteriorate even the most hearty canvas fabric.
Cleaning Tip: Use gentle soap and water to clean your patio furniture. Then allow the sun to dry everything naturally before storing.
4. Flower Beds
5. Bird Feeders and Bird Baths
Once summer birds have migrated be sure to wash out all hummingbird feeders, bird baths and bird houses. It’s not too early to bring out the suet feeders and winter feed, since the advent of cooler weather also welcomes winter birds.
RELATED ARTICLE: Best Way to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder
6. Camp Gear
End of summer is perfect for sifting through and decluttering your camping gear. Begin by collecting all tent poles, tarps, and cooking gear. Make repairs and make sure everything is clean and dry before putting away. And, dispose of any broken parts.
7. Summer Clothing
Donate summer clothing you know your children will outgrow or not wear next summer. Then, buy a size or two larger of clothes you know they’ll need via summer closeouts now. That way, you’ll be ready for next summer.
Mom exchanges are also perfect for divvying up gently used clothing between families. Do your exchanging now and place the clothing into well-marked bins.
8. Fall and Winter Clothing
Now’s a great time to transition to fall and winter clothing. Begin by providing your family with a checklist of fall and winter clothes that they’ll need for the months ahead.
Next, have your brood try on each and every piece of garment (including hats, mittens and scarves) and footwear to be sure that everything fits.
Any boots, jackets, hats, mittens, etc. that are too small or unusable, donate to those in need.
Take advantage of pre-fall sales. Remember it’s always best to buy early to save big. You certainly don’t want to find out your child outgrew his/her winter jacket on the first day of snow.
9. Home Decor
Switch out your light colored interior pillows and decorations with the deep, rich colors of fall. Here are two great articles to get you started: Fall Home Decorating Ideas and Natural Fall Tablescapes Ideas.
10. Garden Tools
Winterize your lawn tools by sharpening and oiling them if necessary. Clean off shovels and hand tools, too. And, make sure that all ceramic pottery has been brought in to avoid breakage from frost and ice. This handy article will fill you in on the Essential Fall Lawn Care Tips.
11. Pantry and Refrigerator
We all are guilty of playing host to uneaten summer snacks and expired foodstuff. And, with all the barbecuing, even your condiments might need some refreshing or replacing.
Fall signals lots of baking, too, so be prepared by restocking your spices.
And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to do a deep clean of refrigerator.
I use this handy guide to clean my refrigerator and freezer in under 30 minutes.
As you can see, the tasks aren’t really that difficult, but with a small amount of planning, you too will be ready for all the activities that fall will bring.
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