A quick Google check confirms it: The first day of fall is September 22.
I had to look that up just to be sure, because the high today was 91 degrees, which is decidedly un-fall-ish.
In just a few weeks (hopefully!) the weather will turn and fall will be here. In preparation, I’ve been working hard to get our house ready for fall – and the winter to follow.
Rain Gutters – At the end of summer and winter, I clean out our rain gutters. With several large oak trees in our yard, it’s important to routinely remove fallen leaves from our rain gutters.
Vinyl Siding – Our house has vinyl siding and I pressure wash the siding (at least) twice a year. I’ll do so this week, washing off the dust of from summer mowing, so that house will look nice for fall.
Tool Shed – The summer is a busy time in the yard – and that means that tools get used – and often misplaced. I like to take the time, while the weather is still nice, to organize my tools.
Lawn Mower – I use my lawn mower year round – to mow the grass in spring and summer – and to mulch leaves in fall and winter. So, at the end of each summer, I sharpen (or replace) the blades, change the spark plug, drain and refill the oil, and replace the air filter. I’ll repeat this at winter’s end.
Pipes and Spigots – We rarely have to worry about long periods with freezing temperatures, but I’m still mindful of the need to insulate exposed pipes and outdoor water spigots.
Shrubbery – We have a few shrubs which require annual pruning, which I’ll take care of, as soon as temperature drop.
HVAC – We have electric heating and air. I recently replaced all HVAC filters throughout our house. This is important, because a clogged filter reduces efficiency, which increases electricity costs.
Refrigerator Filter – Our refrigerator has a water filter which needs replacing every 6 months. I replace at the end of each summer and winter. These things can be quite expensive – so I buy the 2-pack and save a few dollars.
Carpets – We have a mixture of carpet and hardwood in our house. At the end of each summer, I’ll clean the carpet in our den. I’ll also spot-clean throughout the year. We don’t have pets, so we’re dealing mainly with foot-traffic.
Detectors – There are several smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in our house – and I change their batteries each year, on the first day of school. It’s an odd habit, but it’s my way of always remembering!
Laundry Room – I visually inspect the hoses that connect our washing machine to the water supply. I also clean out the dryer vent and dryer vent hose.
Clothing – Our kids just keep on growing, which means they have clothing that no longer fits. Now is a great time to sort through their closets and get rid of, via charitable donation or yard sale, clothes they do not need.
I love the fall, with milder temperatures and lots of football. It feels good to get the above mentioned tasks taken care of – so that we can better enjoy the season to come. Blessings.