While we're plotting our smooth transition from Summer into Fall, I wanted to share a few tips from iVillage on how to prep your home for the changing seasons. Some of the back-to-school pointers don't really apply in my case, since I don't have any kids to worry about yet, but as a gardener and advanced planner, I found a lot of this stuff spot-on. Here are some important things to keep in mind.
- Prepare the lawn or garden for falling temperatures. Remove weeds, seed and fertilize the lawn, and plant any spring-blooming bulbs. In areas where the ground freezes, consider mulching flower beds. The mulch will protect plants when the weather gets cold.
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- Clean outdoor furniture and equipment with a mild soap solution and water. If possible, bring it indoors for the winter. No room to store all that gear in the house or garage? Wrap it tightly with a tarp or other cover that will protect it from strong weather and the rays of the sun.
- Cooler temperatures mean warmer jackets and heavier shoes. Don't let these items clutter up the entryway. Carve out a space near the doorway to store them. If you don't have a coat closet, consider hanging coat hooks at and setting out baskets for shoes.
- Give the living room a quick and affordable makeover for fall with just a few simple touches. Pillows, throws and slipcovers in a rich fall fabric or color are easy ways to give the room a new look, while an arrangement of autumn flowers brings the seasonal changes indoors.
- Falling temperatures also mean cool autumn nights. It's time to pull out the blankets that you stored away in the spring. Give your bed a new look with a throw in an autumnal color or rich fabric.
What do you do to get your house ready for cooler weather? Tell me in the comments section below.