According to a People.com survey, 33% of Americans chose Fall as their favorite season, and 56% admitted being happier than other seasons. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise that you’re preparing your home for it. Although summer isn’t over, it’d be prudent to tweak your home to adjust to the coming change.
That said, how do you go about it? Please read on for some practical ways to prepare your home for the fall season:
Deep Clean Your Home
It’s not uncommon to open up your home during the summer to prevent your HVAC system from overworking. However, you may have let in dust and microbes that can thrive in the cooler weather. Therefore, having a deep fall cleaning is just as important as a deep spring cleaning. Not only does it improve the air quality in your home, but it also reduces your risks of contracting various illnesses.
Moreover, you wouldn’t have to worry about guests visiting during the upcoming holiday, as your home will be more pleasing to accommodate them. Consequently, execute a pantry audit to determine what food items to throw away and clean any debris built up over the month. You also want to wash your smoke detectors, bedding, and upholstered furniture for the best results.
Get Rid of Vermin
Summer may be fading away, but it doesn’t mean that the pests will too. Despite its beauty and relaxing ambiance, autumn comes with a myriad of vermin that can make your home uncomfortable. For instance, you can expect stinkbugs, rodents, mosquitoes, roaches, bedbugs, and ants to come in their numbers. Moreover, most vermin are capable of spreading bacteria and microbes that cause diseases. Therefore, it’s prudent to put measures in place to combat the inconvenience.
It would help if you sealed any tiny cracks or openings in your windows or doors to prevent them from sneaking in. You should also get rid of food waste in your kitchen and dry up damp areas in your home to discourage them from getting comfortable in your space. By all means, get rid of outdoor debris and puddles, as they can be breeding grounds for pesky bugs. You can do this using outdoor mosquito traps and calling the pest exterminators should things get out of hand.
Decorate Your Home with Plants
Plants are healthy additions to your home, should you wish to prepare for the season. Science proves that indoor plants are instrumental in reducing stress levels and making your living space more comfortable and soothing. Moreover, they enhance your indoor air quality by absorbing airborne toxins and increasing humidity and oxygen production. Furthermore, they significantly improve your mood, concentration, and productivity. Fortunately, many houseplants are ideal for autumn and will beautify your home and improve overall wellness.
You can incorporate plants like the Chinese Evergreen with its different hues to mimic the autumn colors. Other plants you can consider include Circus Quercifolia, Japanese Aralia, Raven ZZ, and philodendron bloody Mary.
Fall is an excellent opportunity to set up your home for maximum health. Hopefully, you’ll leverage these tips for the best results.
*Photos by Ksenia Chernaya