We are soon approaching my favorite time of year, fall. This is such a beautiful season with its colorful show of foliage, cool winds and the fragrances of fresh pine. I just love it don’t you? This is also a season of transitioning from the hot summer months to the frigid cold temperatures in winter. So get into gear and start reclaiming all of your favorite sweaters, throws and scarves from storage. Don’t forget that cute little snug hat and those nice fitting jeans you,ve been waiting to wear again. Prepare to update your weekly menus to more warm hearty meals like autumn salads, chilli, stews and soups. And we absolutely must not forget to clean those gutters, weatherize the house and get the car maintenance. Ahhh, so much to do that’s why it’s a good idea to get started now so you can be ready for the changing of the season because it’s never to early to be prepared!
CARE FOR YOUR CASTLE
- Install or check batteries on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to see if they need to be replaced.
- Use weatherstrips to insulate windows and doors keeping your home protected from drafts.
- Clean the gutters. You don’t want the gutters clogged with leaves after rain or a melted snow.
- Trim the branches back away from your roof. In fact check your roof for cracks or any type of debris and address it immediately.
- Change air filters, air ducts and make sure your furnace is tuned up.
- If you can have an energy audit done which will tell you if and where heat is escaping from your home
- Purchase or have shovel, snow salt and snow blower ready when the snow comes.
- Check attic insulation and add more if needed.
- Seal up any cracks around the house or foundation to discourage insect or other rodents from entering your home. You can use a weather-resistant caulk to seal the areas.
- Use pipe insulators to protect your indoor pipes and keep them from freezing and alway remember to set your thermostat to heat your home to at least 55 eve when you aren’t home. This will keep your pipes from freezing.
- Be prepared…just in case. Have flashlights, matches, candles, extra batteries, radio and phone that can be used if power lines are down and cell phone is dead. And be sure to keep bottled waters and non-perishables to sustain you until things are working again.
- Windshield wiper blades – If needed replace your wipers before the weather gets nasty. You don’t want to have to battle worn wipers to scrape frost from your windshield trying to get a clear view.
- Battery – Look for any corrosion on your battery cable or post to see if they need to be cleaned.
- Tires – Make sure all tires are filled to its recommended tire pressure. And check for tread wear to help you handle your car in the slippery wet winter months. You may also want to make sure you have a spare in the trunk and ready to go if needed.
- Brakes – Get your brakes and pads checked before winter to see if they need to be replaced. There will be enough sliding and spinning already.
- Fluids – Don’t forget to have your fluids checked and topped off.
- Head and tail lamps – During the winter months there is a lot of time where it is dark so don’t forget to have the headlights and tail lights checked to make sure your are seen by other drivers.
ROTATE AND RELOCATE
- Sort through your clothes first to get rid of anything that you haven’t worn the entire season because it’s likely you won’t wear it next year. Pass them to a friend or donate them instead.
- You can opt to move your summer clothes toward the back of your closet or remove them completely by storing them away in the basement or attic depending on the size of your closet and wardrobe. Ensure your closet has space and fresh air for your clothes to last their longest.
- All clothing should be washed or dry cleaned before storing.
- You can use fabric or plastic storage containers. Make sure they are clean and free of dust and mold spores. Line the container with a cotton sheet and fabric cloth for freshness.
- Do not store your off-season items in areas exposed to extreme temperatures or moisture.
Remember these are just some of the many things you can do to help better prepare you for a fabulous fall and a wonderful winter:-) If you have any tips or suggestions for the upcoming fall and winter months please share in the comment section below.