I hope you are well! Welcome to Blogtober Day 22 and our exploration of top tips to get your home autumn-ready continues. I say ours as Tom and I collaborated on this idea and I utterly adore working with him. I think he needs his own blog!
Now that the first breath of autumn has arrived, it’s time to start preparing your home and garden for the colder months ahead. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your home is ready for winter:
Make your room smell good
In order to get your home ready for autumn, you can try using some of these tips.
- Use essential oils to make your room smell good. You can use them in the microwave or on a diffuser (a device that releases fragrance into the air).
- If you want something more pungent, use air fresheners or scented candles. There are many different types of scented candles available, so you’re sure to find one that fits your tastes and preferences!
- Use a diffuser if you want something milder but still effective at making your house smell good! This is especially useful if there are people who dislike strong odours such as myself
Clean your gutters
Gutter cleaning is a task that some people think of as optional, but it’s important for the health and safety of your home. If you don’t clean your gutters, leaf debris can clog them and cause water to leak into your walls or foundation, creating mould growth. This can also lead to rotting wood and structural problems with the roof.
If you’re ready to tackle this chore yourself (and save some money while doing so), here are some things you should know:
- The right tools are essential—here are our favourites:
- Ladder — any sturdy straight ladder will do; just make sure it’s long enough so that when standing on the top rung of the ladder, feet are at least 6 inches off ground level
- Gutter hanger — these hooks attach easily over the gutter edge for quick removal of debris
- How often should I clean my gutters? It depends on where you live, but generally speaking, springtime is when we recommend doing this maintenance work since most leaves fall from trees during autumn months (fall). A good rule-of-thumb is once per month if you live in an area where heavy rainfall occurs throughout springtime/summertime months (May through September).
Clean and stash garden furniture
- Clean your garden furniture. If you’ve been out in the garden working on it all summer, now is the time to clean off your chair cushions and tables.
- Store your garden tools. If you have any tools that need storing until next year, now’s the time
Turn down the heat
- Turn down the heat.
- Turn off the radiators.
- Use a duvet or blanket to keep warm in your bedroom and living room.
- Use a fan to circulate air around the house, which will help make it feel cooler as well as keep you from feeling stuffy.
Fill the freezer
There’s no better way to stock up on frozen food than to freeze it yourself. Make sure you have plenty of frozen chicken breasts, ground beef and pork in your freezer so you can quickly throw together a meal with little effort. If you don’t have time for cooking, this is also a great option for making quick meals on the go.
If you have leftovers from dinner or lunch that need to be eaten up before they go bad, don’t let them go to waste! Instead of throwing them away after one or two days in the fridge (which would be a real shame), pour them into an ice cube tray and freeze them until they’re solid. You’ll be able to use these cubes later on in soups or stews instead of buying fresh ingredients when making those recipes again later down the line—and since they were already cooked once before being froze-dried out into cubes, there’s no worry about having raw meat sitting around either!
Didn’t finish off that bag of vegetables from last week? No problem! Just chop up whatever remains into small pieces (or even just leave whole if needed), toss everything into an airtight container (you can use plastic wrap too if needed) then pop both containers back inside another larger one filled with water just like what happens when freezing ice cream sandwiches; this will keep bacteria growth at bay while keeping things fresh and safe until next time around should anything happen along those lines.”
Rake up leaves in the garden
- Rake up leaves in the garden: It’s a good idea to rake up leaves before they decompose, as this can cause dampness, mould and fungus in your home.
- Leaves can clog gutters and downpipes: It’s time to clean out those gutters! A build-up of mud and debris will block the flow of water when it rains, leading to a flooded basement or patio.
- Compost or use them as mulch: If you don’t have room to compost your leaves they’re an excellent source of mulch for flower beds and around trees.
You should do these things to prepare for autumn.
Autumn is a great time to take stock of your life and figure out what you want, who you are and where you’re headed. Here are some things to consider as autumn rolls around:
- Change is good! It’s true that autumn is also a time for rest, but it’s also important to keep moving forward. Don’t let yourself be stuck in the same old routine or get into ruts. Think about how you can branch out from your current situation and try something new or different.
- Stay positive! It might seem difficult at first to change things up, especially when there are so many other people around stuck in their ways too (including yourself). But remember that this isn’t an excuse not to try — if anything else it’s an incentive because it means there will be more opportunities open up for those who do make changes in their lives during this season! In any case, though don’t let yourself get discouraged by these kinds of things; just keep looking forward towards what’s coming next instead of dwelling on past experiences which may have gone wrong anyway…
Now that you’re ready for autumn, we hope you have a great one!