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Get Your Home Ready for Fall

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.

Four more handy hints, so


  • 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.
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libs1dlab libs1dlab 8 years
I live in the dessert Southwest but I used to live in the Midwest and the colors of Fall are what I miss the most. I dream of living again in a place that experiences the bursts of color, the scents and the feel of Autumn in a wooded area.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I bring all of my fall clothes out of hiding and replace all of my summery candles, perfumes, and beauty products with a fall alternative. Washing the windows is a must to get gorgeous views of the fall foliage.
goofynewf goofynewf 8 years
My house is barely ready for summer and now I have to get it ready for fall? Someday, I have will have my life together.
goofynewf goofynewf 8 years
My house is barely ready for summer and now I have to get it ready for fall? Someday, I have will have my life together.
Neural Neural 8 years
I adore fall. Hurry up, Fall!
Neural Neural 8 years
I adore fall. Hurry up, Fall!
TexasTwinkle TexasTwinkle 8 years
Thanks for the reminder on the bulb for spring I really would like to do that this year! :)
chancleta chancleta 8 years
ahhh fall is the time i wish i lived somewhere other than florida! i want leaves!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
oh man. :( Fall is the nicest time of year in Vancouver! I am stuck in New Zealand though and it is Winter! the good news is that things are starting to bloom already.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
oh man. :( Fall is the nicest time of year in Vancouver! I am stuck in New Zealand though and it is Winter! the good news is that things are starting to bloom already.
katiejane24 katiejane24 8 years
I'm with Texas...the high in North Alabama today was 104 even before factoring in the heat index. This article sounds like a lovely fantasy right now for me. Preparations for fall around here are more like finding the lightest and most breathable dresses to wear for football games and stocking up on sunscreen!
jenintx jenintx 8 years
it's hard to think about fall when the heat index is at 107+ (for the first time all summer) here in texas. the weather here is so unpredictable, this may not be applicable for me until december :)
jenintx jenintx 8 years
it's hard to think about fall when the heat index is at 107+ (for the first time all summer) here in texas. the weather here is so unpredictable, this may not be applicable for me until december :)
Historygal3 Historygal3 8 years
We caulk the windows and weather strip the doors.
rubialala rubialala 8 years
I love fall! I can't wait for it to get here.
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