We’ve all heard about “Spring Cleaning” where you open the windows and clear out the closets to lighten the load for the summer. But there are lots of things you can do in the fall to prepare for winter. Here’s a quick list of things I try to take care of before it gets dark and gloomy:
- Car: Fall is a perfect time to wash and wax your car, as the finish will take a beating during winter storms.
- Oven: You will probably be using it a ton during winter months, so use your oven’s “clean” function while you can still open the windows to air out during and after.
- Fireplace or Wood Stove: You will want to be sure it’s functional and the chimney is clean before you need to use it. Same goes for the furnace.
- Summer recreational gear: After you’ve used your camp gear, fishing tackle, and kayaks once last time, make sure they are clean and ready to store. That way you can take them out ready to use in the spring.
- Winter recreational gear: Get out your ski gear, snowshoes, etc., and check them over. Take them into the shop now for any repairs or adjustments before the mad rush.
- Dry cleaning and airing out: Now is a good time to pull out your winter coats and take them to the cleaners, or at least hang them outside to let them air out a bit.
Are there any other fall cleaning and prep chores you always do? Share them in the comments below!