There is nothing more exciting than preparing a cosy warm home for autumn. The magnificent leaves making their annual change from green to red, to golden brown signify the countdown to the festive season. The cooler days and longer nights draws people indoors.
Tips to prepare your home for autumn:
Say adios to the lawnmower. But before you do, give your grass a final once over. Relax in the knowledge that the hot days of cutting grass, filling the green recycling bin, repeating are over. Until March or April at least.
Spring Autumn clean your home. It makes more sense to clean your home in autumn. You’re going to be spending more time in your home over the coming months, and so cleaning makes good sense. It also makes your spring clean much easier when the time comes. An autumn clean can help remove cobwebs, which just may encourage spiders to leave your home….if you’re lucky.
Clean the oven. It may sound strange but autumn is a great time to do this. Over the autumn and winter months we tend to use the oven more. Fewer cold foods, fewer salads, and more cooked food to warm you on those cold days…
Clean and service your stove or fire. We’ve already posted a lot about this recently. Having a chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep is very wise, as is having it serviced. This reduces the chances of chimney fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and other undesirable things happening when you’re heating your home. Having the work done in the autumn will also mean come the very cold weather, you should have a well serviced, safe and efficient fire.
Candles and or Pot Pourri. Both can give a wonderful scent in the home any time of the year. But there is something particularly inviting during autumn to have scents from candles and/or pot pourri. There is a huge range available. Some of the most popular por pourri’s include cinnamon, apple, and orange based scents. Similar scents are available for candles too.
Have a clear out. Make more space in your home, clear out your unwanted items, including clothes, toys and other things and give to a charity, recycle or sell. Charities often welcome more donations at this time of the year. Also selling can be a great way of generating additional income, which could be very welcome on the long run up to Christmas. More cash, more space and the chance of helping a charity of your choice. Sounds good to us.
Clean your gutters. Doing this in the autumn will be much easier than in the winter, so it’s worth taking the time to either do this yourself or hire someone to do this before it gets too cold. They can also advise on any preventative work, which maybe needed. The last thing you want on a cold, wet evening is a flooded gutter.