Fall Organizing Checklist

by Tina ~ October 8th, 2014.

Autumn is the perfect time to take account of what we’ve done, what we didn’t do, and what we’d like to do next year. ~Author Unknown

For many people, autumn is their favourite time of year: summer’s heat and humidity has passed, but the threat of winter storms still feels far away. It’s as if nature knows we need this transition period to wrap summer up for another year and prepare our homes for the coming winter.

I’ve created this handy checklist, inspired by P&G Everyday Outdoor Fall Organization Tips, to help you with your fall organizing.

1. Start by organizing and cleaning your garage and/or shed, so there’s room to store warm-weather items over the winter. (Read my Top Ten Tips for Organizing the Garage and Fall Organizing for Your Garden for help with this step.)

2. Clean seasonal items before storing them for the winter. This includes:

  • patio furniture and cushions
  • yard and garden equipment
  • barbecue
  • bicycles
  • camping gear

3. Clean and weatherproof your deck.

4. Inspect your roof and contact a professional if you see signs of damage.

5. Add weather-stripping around your windows and doors.

6. Disconnect and drain hoses.

7. Clean your drainpipe and gutters of leaves and other debris.

8. Start a gardening journal (more on that below).

For ready reference, print a copy of this checklist by clicking on the blue plus sign at the bottom of the post.

Creating a Gardening Journal

If you like to garden, a gardening journal will help you monitor your efforts by keeping track of planting dates, seed types, weather, and so on. Starting your gardening journal now, while you can still remember what you planted this past season, will be very helpful when it comes time to make your plans for next year.

There are lots of gardening journals on the market, including The Toronto Gardener’s Journal, but creating your own can be a fun project, and will allow you to customize it to your personal needs and tastes. Here’s all you need to get started:

  1. 3-ring binder
  2. Plastic photo sleeves to hold seed packets, photos, plant tags, and other small items – one for each garden bed or section of your yard
  3. Blank pages for writing on
  4. Permanent markers
  5. Photos of your garden
  6. Calendar

To learn more about setting up and using your journal, read Creating a Gardening Journal on About Home.

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