It is so hard to believe that Summer is coming to a close. The nights are getting shorter and cooler, and the sound of school buses can be heard. So now it is time to start thinking about Fall cleaning. Since the weather’s still nice, take some time outdoors. Here are 5 tasks to do for Fall cleaning your outdoor spaces.
I love spending time outdoors, so when it is time to pack up the outdoor space, I want to make sure it is done right. I do as much as I can until it actually snows. One of the things I procrastinate on is putting away the deck furniture. It is the last thing I do each season.
So what should you be doing these last few weeks of Summer? Make a list and start tackling these 5 tasks to do for Fall cleaning your outdoor spaces.
Now, when I started creating this list, I wanted to share some tips on the most forgotten tasks for Fall cleaning. I was outside with my new camera just walking and taking pictures when inspiration hit. So here is what I found that should be done for Fall cleaning your outdoor spaces.
5 Tasks To Do For Fall Cleaning Your Outdoor Spaces:
- Have your heating/cooling system serviced. This is one task I forgot during the Spring, and boy did we pay for it. On the hottest day of the Summer, our air conditioning went. Luckily, it was only a capacitor on the outdoor unit, and was fixed inexpensively(well, as far as HVAC systems go). So schedule your service as soon as you can. And don’t forget to change the air filter.
- Have your lawn mower serviced. With the weather turning colder, you won’t be needing it as much. Now is a good time to take it in to have it checked. Get the blades sharpened if they need it. Have the oil changed. Make sure any wires are in good shape. When it is time to put it away for good, you just need to siphon the gas back into your approved gas container. Cover it for safe keeping.
- Give your shed some love and attention. Now don’t be scared when I show you the inside of our shed. I am actually ashamed of it. However, it gave me an idea for a future post. But in the meantime, check your shed for any repairs that are needed. Toss out old items. Make a list of things you need to replace. Make room for your patio furniture. So here is the scary shed picture:
Scary, huh? The next time you see it, it will be organized. Here is an outside shot of the shed:
It is 20 years old, so I think it’s time to give it a little love and replace the cracked and faded wood. Replacing it right now is out of the question, since we have one son in college, and one headed there within two years.
Two often overlooked tasks for Fall cleaning your outdoor spaces:
- Clean out your garbage and recycling cans. Most people forget about this. And if you have the unfortunate experience of a bag bursting open inside, well, the smell is horrific! So before the winter snow sets in, grab a bottle of antibacterial cleaner and some hot water. Toss both in the can and let it sit. Rinse thoroughly and let dry in the sun. Then spray with Lysol or similar spray. When it’s Winter, you will be glad you did.
- Take a few minutes to inspect your deck area. We replaced our deck several years ago with composite decking. It was supposed to hold up better in the elements. Well, when I took a look this week, I found a rather large crack. So if you have a similar space, check it for damage, and then get it fixed as soon as you can. By catching it early, you can save yourself from huge repair bills later.
So there are my tips for what you need for Fall cleaning your outdoors spaces. But I have one bonus tip for you. This time of year is a great time to get some bargains on items needed for the outdoors. Many items are greatly reduced or even on clearance! So grab a new rake or a new pair of garden gloves. Just remember where you stored them!