Fall Maintenance

 

It is time for the crisp fall weather, bon fires, cozy sweaters and fall maintenance to prepare your home for the cold of winter! On this season's home maintenance page I, along with some of my favorite designers and contractors, will provide you with some necessary home upkeep tips to prepare for the season and some fun tips for some fall décor for inside and outside the home.  Let's get those homes ready for the holidays! First I will share with you easy cleaning tips for your gutters, my favorite HVAC company for your seasonal furnace tune up, and ideas for fall décor inside and out!  Enjoy!

Gutters

Get those ladders out and move to the roof to clear those gutters of dirt and leaves.  You can either use your hands or a gutter scoop sold at your local hardware store. Remove anything that could disrupt the flow of water.  Clogged gutters lead to leaks which can lead to water in your basement so it is very important to keep your gutters clean!

 

 

 

 

 

Now, if you are scared of heights (trust me no judgments here I am too!) I have two options for you.  There is a tool that attaches to your hose at one end and hooks onto your gutters to flush them out with your feet safely on the ground.  OR, if you do not have the time you can always hire a handyman to do it for you! 

Furnace

You should have a furnace tune up once a year before winter hits.  A clean and check is preventive maintenance that keeps the furnace running as it should to keep you warm and cozy in the cold winter months.  I am providing my HVAC service company's information because I have been so satisfied with their work.  I am also giving you a coupon for your furnace clean and check!  Give them a call, you won't be disappointed!

 

155 Easy St. Carol Stream, IL 60188 Office: 630.752.9177

Windows

To save money and keep the inside of your home as warm and cozy as possible, weather stripping the frames of your windows is a great way to make sure that there are no leaks for cold air to get in or your well paid for heat to get out.  You can find this at your local hardware store and it is very affordable!  They sell it in almost every color to match your window frames.

*Tip:  Spray silicone over your weather stripping, it prolongs the life!

Fall Cleaning Checklist

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Inside

  • Dust and wash light fixtures

  • Dust fans

  • Wash windows

  • Vacuum/Dust Blinds

  • Wash walls and dust corners

  • Touch up paint

  • Dust lamps and shades

  • Vacuum and spot clean furniture

  • Set light timers to Fall/Winter hours

  • Wipe out and dust kitchen cabinets

  • Clean on top of/under the fridge

  • Wipe out and clean out fridge

  • Vacuum fridge condenser coil

  • Reverse all ceiling fans to draw air up for the winter!

 

Outside

  • Weather strip windows and doors

  • Wash door thresholds

  • Clean gutter and down spouts

  • Wash windows

  • Clean oven

  • Dust/clean stove vents

  • Clean baseboards

  • Clean carpets

  • Clean and rotate mattresses

  • Dust bedroom furniture

  • Wash and store summer bedding

  • Wash and switch to winter bedding

  • Purge closet of clothes you did not wear during spring and summer

  • Clean humidifiers

  • Change air filters

  • Sweep chimneys

  • Wash screens

  • Clean outdoor lighting

  • Remove cobwebs

  • Winterize yard and summer yard equipment

  • Clean and cover patio furniture

Gutters

Keep those ladders out and move to the roof to clear the dirt and leaves from the former months.  You can either use your hands or a gutter scoop sold at your local hardware store. Remove anything that could disrupt the flow of water.  Clogged gutters lead to leaks which can lead to water in your basement so it is very important to keep your gutters clean!

 

 

 

 

 

Now, if you are scared of heights (trust me no judgments here I am too!) I have two options for you.  There is a tool that attaches to your hose at one end and hooks onto your gutters to flush them out with your feet safely on the ground.  OR, if you do not have the time you can always hire a handyman to do it for you! 

Air Conditioner

You should have an AC tune up once a year before summer hits.  A clean and check is preventive maintenance that keeps the AC running as it should to keep you cool in the hot summer months.  I am providing my HVAC service company's information because I have been so satisfied with their work.  I am also giving you a coupon for your AC clean and check!  Give them a call, you won't be disappointed!

155 Easy St. Carol Stream, IL 60188 Office: 630.752.9177

Spring Cleaning List

By Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Journal

All Around

 

Dust crown Molding, baseboards, ceiling corners, light fixtures, ceiling fans. (And turn the blades to spin clockwise for the season

Wash doors, walls, curtains, blinds, screens, and windows (inside and out).

Touch up wall paint.

Disinfect door and cabinet knobs.

Polish wood furniture and cabinetry.

Vacuum or shampoo upholstered furniture, rugs, and carpeting.

Shake out rugs and clean flooring underneath.

Clean air vents.

Change furnace filters.

Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Clean remote controls using a cotton swab and a one-to-one ratio of water and rubbing alcohol.

Schedule chimney sweep and heating/cooling professional to do a seasonal check up.

Kitchen

 

Clean dishwasher, garbage disposal, coffeemaker, and other small appliances.

Clean oven and hood vent, and change filter if needed.

Clean and organize refrigerator and freezer, discard expired items, vacuum coils, and change water filter.

Clean and organize pantry and cupboards; discard expired items.

Sanitize cutting board.

Clean trash and recycle bins.

Bathroom

 

Clean and disinfect toothbrush holders, makeup brushes, shower curtain and liner, soap dish or dispenser, showerhead, and exhaust fan.

Toss expired makeup and other beauty products.

Caulk around bathtub and reseal tile and grout, if needed.

Treat slow-running drains.

Clean and organize cabinets.

Clean out medicine cabinet, safely discarding medicines that are outdated or not used.

Laundry Room

 

Clean dryer vent.

Clean inside of washing machine and empty washing machine drain pump.

Clean behind and underneath washer and dryer.

Bedroom

 

Sort clothes, toys, and other belongings, donating unneeded items.

Vacuum and rotate mattress.

Clean bed frame and under the bed.

Wash all bedding and pillows.

 

Office

 

Clean out paper files and shred unneeded documents.

Clean computer, keyboard, mouse, cell phone, and other devices.

Sort and organize books, donating unwanted ones. (Check out littlefreelibrary.org for a map of neighbor-to-neighbor libraries.)

Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper on HGTV is one of my favorite designers.  She has simple DIY projects and tips that can freshen up the home and make it feel like a completely different place!

Flower Arrangements Ideas For Inside and Out
 

Putting together a beautiful professional-looking flower arrangement for an accent piece or a centerpiece is easier than you think!  I explored the internet for some flower arrangement blogs, here is what I found!

What you will need:

     

           -wet floral foam

           -scissors

           -your choice of flowers (Real or Fake)

           -your choice of greenery

           -your choice of vase (I found some ideas for you, keep reading!)

 

Step 1:  Cut your floral foam to fit inside your vase.

Step 2: Float your foam on top of water in sink or large bowl and wait for the foam to sink.

Step 3: Place your foam back into your vase.

Step 4: Clean all of your flower stems of unwanted greenery and or thorns.  Diagonally cut to size flower stems for maximum water absorption and place into foam.  You can either start with a flower in the middle and work out from there, or start with the outer greenery and work your way in to the blooms.

Step 5:  To achieve a full arrangement place your outer greenery in a circle.

I collected this information from a beautiful blog known as Julie Blanner, Entertaining and Design that Celebrates Everyday Life. I have provided the link for your convenience.

For a fresh looking citrus flower vase you will need two vases, one larger and one smaller in width but approximately the same height.  Your vases can be any shape you like, as long as they fit nicely together in order to slide you cut fruit between them.  Slice and lemon, grapefruit, or lime and place them in between the empty space between your vases.  Fill that space with water and fill the small vase with water then fill with beautiful flowers for a centerpiece or home accent piece!

This idea was found on Hello Glow.  Follow the link to view the original tutorial.

 For a more rustic looking vase, find yourself some galvanized tins with a handle.  Make sure that they are small enough to fit inside a gallon of paint, you can use left over paint you have around the house!  Dip the bottom of the vase into your paint half way, lift up and let access paint drip off. Then, on a covered surface flip vase over to create drip marks and let dry over night.  After vase is dry follow instructions to create a flower arrangement above!

This idea was found on Hello Gorgeous.  Follow the link to view original tutorial.

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