Around our home in the heart of Appalachia, the leaves are beginning to fall, the temperatures have cooled, and signs of fall are all around. Preparing your home for fall is an important part of homemaking. Today I’m sharing several ways you can prepare your home for fall just in time for pumpkin displays and cups pf hot apple cider.
Be sure to download my free printable PDF, Prepare Your Home for Fall Checklist at the bottom of the post!
Fall is probably my favorite season. I love the cool temperatures, the leaves crunching under foot, the warmth of cozy socks and blankets and fires in the fireplace. I also love decorating my home for fall and adding cozy touches to each room.
Sometimes tasks that need to be done around the house aren’t fun. Sometimes homemaking feels like work. And truly, some tasks, are hard work – plain and simple.
But I often think those feelings really find their roots in our hearts. It’s our attitude toward homemaking that is the real problem. The Bible tells us that the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 works willingly with her hands. (Proverbs 31:27)
Prepare Your Home for Fall
When you own your own home, it’s important to make time to care for it well. It’s easy to let things go when we’re so busy, but there’s such a feeling of satisfaction of caring for home and making it a have of safety and love for your family.
11 Inside Tasks to Prepare Your Home for Fall
- Ensure that the furnace is working.
- Change air filters.
- Bring out winter bedding.
- Clean the carpets.
- Inspect and clean fireplace and chimney.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replace batteries.
- Check and replace worn weatherstripping.
- Create a dedicated space for muddy shoes and raincoats.
- Check and service the HVAC system.
- Drain the hot water heater.
- Reverse your fans (they will circulate warm air if they turn clockwise).
10 Outside Tasks to Prepare Your Home for Fall
- Stock up on firewood.
- Check the roof for obvious signs of damage.
- Clean the gutters and downspouts.
- Clean the BBQ grill.
- Winterize your pool with a winterizing and closing chemical kit, and cover with a pool cover.
- Service and prepare your snowblower.
- Put away or cover outdoor furniture.
- Drain and stow hoses.
- Check exterior caulk and redo if necessary.
- Fix cracks in your patio and driveway.
7 Garden Tasks to Prepare Your Home for Fall
- Clean flower and garden beds.
- Rake up leaves and clear brush.
- Mow and fertilize the lawn.
- Bring in potted plants.
- Plant bulbs for spring flowers.
- Cut back perennials.
- Cover tender plants with mulch.
Neglecting to care for your home properly, can end up costing you more money when things break, become damaged by weather, or no longer work. Preparing your home for fall should be a part of your annual homemaking routines.
These tasks in and of themselves aren’t hard to accomplish and if you have kids, putting them to work on tasks like cleaning out the flower beds, raking leaves, or planting bulbs is a great way to have them help you prepare your home for fall.
Action Steps to Take Today
- Pray over your home and ask God to bless your homemaking efforts.
- Print out my free printable Prepare Your Home for Fall Checklist below.
- Choose the tasks you need to do around your house to prepare your home for fall.
- Schedule these tasks on your calendar.
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Free Printable Prepare Your Home for Fall Checklist
How to Download
Just click on the button below and you’ll be taken to the download page.