Well, I hate to say it, but if school’s not already back in session it’s about to be, and it’s time to get the house ready for colder months. It’s also time to enjoy the bright leaves, crisp air and perhaps a few Sunday football games. Here’s a starter checklist to get the house ready as we transition out of summer.
1) Coat closet. It’s time to switch out your swimmy shoes and beach bags for fleece pullovers, gloves and fall/winter sports gear. It’s also a time to make sure schoolkids have good landing zones for after school. A designated place for their backpacks, coat, shoes, perhaps a flute or a violin and anything else that needs to be close at hand for that groggy morning dash out the door is always a huge help. This can be anything from a kid having his own hook to a basket to an entire locker, depending on how much room you have.
2) Football game kit. If you’re big into gridiron and lucky enough to have season tickets, get your gear ready. Have your stadium blanket cleaned, rinse off those camp chairs you bring tailgating, and corral your picnic gear, binoculars, foam fingers, car decals and flags (can you tell I live in the south?), and favorite team colored clothing organized. You may even decide to leave a bunch of this stuff in the car until after the last bowl game.
3) Family room. Call a chimney sweep and make sure your wood burning fireplace chimney is clean and safe for the coming months. While you’re at it, order a cord of wood from the woodman. Pull your extra throw blankets out of the mothballs, give them a good cleaning, and drape them over the sofa for chilly nights.
If you like to do some design switcheroo with the seasons, switch out those cotton coastal-inspired throw pillow covers for more autumnal hues and felt or wool, and perhaps switch out an area rug as well.
4) Bedrooms. If you’re the duvet type, give the cover a good cleaning. If you usually switch from cotton to down, find your winter duvets to have on standby. I also like to do the old mattress flip/turn each season; it’s an easy way to remember to do it. While you’re in there, do that under-the-bed sweep/vacuum that probably doesn’t happen all that often. Grab the extension pole and give your ceiling fans and ceilings all a good dusting; summers spiders have probably left quite a few webs around.
5) Homework station. Make sure your kids have a quiet spot to get their homework done. Outfit it with pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, a reading lamp and any other supplies they may need.
Phew. You’re done. Google a few hot toddy recipes and start getting excited for fall!