10 Hacks to get your home Autumn ready
As the leaves start to fall and the temperatures drop, autumn brings a sense of coziness and change. It's the perfect time to prepare your home for the upcoming season and ensure that it remains organised and inviting throughout the cooler months
1. Declutter and Donate
Autumn is an excellent time to declutter your living space. As you prepare to spend more time indoors, take a critical look at your belongings and identify items you no longer need. Old clothes, toys, and household items that are collecting dust can find new purpose in someone else's home. Consider donating these items to local charities or charity shops. Not only will you clear your space, but you'll also make a positive impact. As they say, someone's trash is someone else's treasure!
2. Seasonal Wardrobe Swap
As temperatures drop, it's time to swap out your summer wardrobe for your autumn and winter clothes. Consider storing your summer clothing in vacuum-sealed bags or under-the-bed storage containers to free up space in your wardrobe and drawers. This simple switch not only keeps your clothes organised but also helps you quickly find the cozy sweaters and warm scarves you'll want and need.
3. Create a Cozy Nook
Autumn is ALL about coziness. Transform a corner of your home into a cozy reading nook or relaxation spot. Add a comfortable chair or bean bag, soft blankets, and a few pillows to create a warm and inviting space. It's the perfect spot to unwind with a good book or a cup of hot chocolate on those chilly autumn evenings.
4. Deep Clean for Hygiene
Before you start spending more time indoors, consider giving part or all of your home a thorough deep cleaning. Focus on high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and kitchen countertops. A clean home not only looks better but also promotes a healthier living environment by reducing the presence of dust, allergens, and germs.
5. Warm Up with Seasonal Decor
Autumn offers a heap of easy decorating opportunities. Embrace the season by adding warm, earthy tones to your décor. Consider incorporating items like decorative pumpkins, gourds, autumn-scented candles, and rustic centrepieces into your living spaces. These small touches will instantly infuse your home with the spirit of autumn.
6. Organise Your Kitchen
With the holiday season approaching, your kitchen is likely to become a busy hub of activity. Take the time to reorganise your pantry, cabinets, and drawers. Donate non-perishable items you won't use, and ensure that your spices and cooking essentials are easily accessible. A well-organized kitchen will make meal preparation more efficient and enjoyable. Plus, you can easily get your kids involved - we've found they're very good at finding out of date items in the cupboards!
7. Sort Out Your Shoe Storage
Autumn weather can be unpredictable, and it's not uncommon for shoes to get muddy or wet. To keep your floors clean and your entryway organised, invest in a shoe storage system. Whether it's a shoe rack, a designated mudroom area, or a decorative basket for shoes, having a designated spot for footwear will prevent clutter from spreading throughout your home. Plus some handy cleaning wipes by the door will make clearing up splashes and spills easy.
8. Prepare Your Fireplace
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, autumn is the perfect time to prepare it for use. You might consider hiring a professional to inspect and clean the chimney, ensuring it's safe for fires. Stock up on firewood and gather cozy blankets for those chilly nights when you want to enjoy the warm glow of a crackling fire. Or if you don't have a fireplace, you can easily create a focal point in the room with candles, logs and some decorative items.
9. Create a Family Calendar
With the start of the school year and the approaching holiday season, family schedules can become hectic. Create a centralised family calendar to keep track of appointments, school activities, and important dates. You can use a physical calendar or a digital one that can be accessed by all family members. This simple tool will help everyone stay organised and on top of their commitments.
10. Embrace Technology for Home Management
In today's digital age, there are countless apps and smart devices designed to help you manage your home efficiently. Consider investing in a smart thermostat to regulate your home's temperature, a home security system for peace of mind, and a home management app to control your lights, appliances, and other devices remotely. These technological advancements can streamline your home management and make your life easier. It is also great to walk into a warm bright home after a long day, as you can control heat and light remotely.
Autumn is a season of change and transition, and it's the ideal time to prepare your home for the months ahead. By decluttering, organising, and embracing the cozy spirit of autumn, you can create a warm and inviting living space that you'll enjoy throughout the season. Sharing the work involved with your family.
If you have some great hacks or ideas to get your home autumn ready, we'd love to know about them over in our community group, FAMILY LOWDOWN TIPS & IDEAS. If you're not already a member, come on in and join in the fun.