4 Things to Get Done Before Autumn


Spread out your summer-to-fall transition with these late summer upkeep projects! A little bit each weekend will have your home ready for cooler temperatures and fall activities without taking away from that summer feeling.

Check safety devices – Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for low batteries, check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher, and run a check on your home security system if you have one.

Get ready for school – If you set up a room or corner for at-home schoolwork last year, you may want to use it again this year for a homework space that gets kids in the right mindset. Clean out last year’s projects, use old paper or magazine holders to organize papers and assignments, and refresh the necessities like pencils and pens, folders, etc.

Clean leather furniture – For unprotected leather (a.k.a. aniline), simply wipe clean with a clean, dry cloth, or one slightly dampened with filtered water. For protected leather (a.k.a. semianiline or pigmented), mix up your own cleaning solution by adding a few drops of mild nondetergent soap to filtered water, or you can use a commercial leather cleaning product. Either way, apply with a microfiber cloth.

Add weatherstripping – Protect against summer rains, keep your house cooler through the end of summer, and retain warmth when the weather cools off by applying or replacing weatherstripping around windows. Newer double-pane windows might not need it, but it’s a big help for older windows!