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Prepare Your Home and Life for Fall and Winter Today

Sunday, September 10, 2023 - Organizing before fall can help you transition smoothly into the new season and make your life more efficient and comfortable. Here are some life hacks to help you get organized for fall:

Step one is to clean out your closets. Go through your summer wardrobe and pack away or donate clothes you won't be wearing in the fall. Then, organize your fall and winter clothes by type and colour for easy access.

Then, it's good to perform your seasonal wardrobe swap. First, store your summer clothes in vacuum-sealed bags to save space. You can then label the bags for easy identification when you need them next year.

Performing your Home regular Maintenance is critical. Check your heating system and schedule a service if necessary to ensure it's working efficiently. Clean out your gutters to prevent clogs during fall rains. Inspect windows and doors for drafts, and consider adding weather stripping if needed.

Fall is an excellent time to declutter. Go through your home and declutter rooms, getting rid of items you no longer need. Consider donating or selling items in good condition.

Start planning for fall holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving by creating a budget and making a checklist of what you'll need.

Swap out your home decor to reflect the fall season. Add cozy blankets, throw pillows, and autumn-themed decorations.

Give your home a deep clean before the colder months set in. Focus on areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Wash or replace curtains and blinds.

It is critical to use a change in seasons to update your emergency kit with items like flashlights, batteries, candles, and blankets in case of power outages or storms.

Backup important files and photos to the cloud or an external hard drive. Organize your digital files and delete unnecessary ones.

Now is also when you should prepare your garden for fall by pruning, weeding, and planting fall vegetables or flowers. Consider covering sensitive plants or bringing them indoors if necessary.

Prepare your home for cold winter nights by checking it for efficiency. Replace or clean HVAC filters to improve energy efficiency. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to regulate indoor temperatures efficiently.

Perform a Safety Check. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries if needed. Review your family's emergency escape plan.

When was the last time you did a financial review? It is a vital function and should be done regularly. Review your financial goals and budget for the fall season. Start saving for upcoming expenses like holiday gifts and winter heating bills.

By implementing these life hacks, you can get organized and prepared for the fall season, making it a smooth and enjoyable transition.


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