Get These 6 Easy Tasks on Your Fall To-Do List

Get these 6 easy tasks on your fall to-do list

Now that school has started, and life has returned to some type of routine, we are reminded of the change of seasons ahead. Before you know it, it’s fall. Then winter. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here are some easy things you can do to get ready for the cooler months ahead so be sure to get them on your fall to-do list:

Winterize AC

Winterizing your AC unit depends on what part of the country you live in. But if yours is exposed to leaves, pine needles, nuts and the like, you’ll want to cover it during the fall months. You can make one yourself or buy one at a hardware or home store. You can also weigh it down with plywood to protect it from ice. Just be sure to remove the cover in spring to encourage air circulation and prevent mold growth.

Clean and Inspect Chimney

To avoid a chimney fire from creosote buildup, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends chimneys be cleaned once a year. You could clean your chimney yourself, but it’s best to hire a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. A sweep knows about building codes and can recognize potential problems.

Clean Gutters

If you’re not afraid of heights, cleaning gutters is relatively easy. Depending on where you live and the kind of trees you have, you should do it in spring and fall. Start near the downspout and grab the larger debris first and dispose of it in a bucket. Then flush the gutters with a hose from the opposite end of the downspout.

Plant Fall Bulbs for Spring Flowers

Fall is a great time to plant bulbs for spring flowers because the cooler air is easier on plants, but the soil is still warm, which allows roots to grow until the ground freezes. Irises, tulips and daffodils are good options, best in full sun. Just dig a hole two to three times deeper than the bulb is tall with the pointed end up.

Store Hoses

Turn off all faucets and drain garden hoses. Disconnect them from the outside spigots and store them in a dry place so any residual water doesn’t freeze. Put away your seasonal furniture and outdoor flower pots and lawn and garden decor as well.

Prep Lawn and Equipment

Rake and remove leaves from the yard and apply fertilizer to prevent winter damage. Finally, empty the fuel from your mower. Sharpen the blades and get repairs done now so you don’t have to worry about them in the spring.

Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas

If you’re fortunate to live in a climate with noticeable season changes, you can look at autumn and the change in temperatures as an optimist or a pessimist. Sure, the white stuff will be flying in no time at all and you’ll have to deal with that. Or, you can embrace the crisp air, the beautiful fall foliage, a bountiful harvest and see the change in season as an opportunity to switch up your outdoor decor.

If you choose to see the cup as half full, consider these fun fall outdoor decorating ideas:


Liberally place seasonal pumpkins and gourds in various shades of orange, yellow, brown and green on the walkway and steps leading up to the front door. Use old bushel baskets, planters, crates and other containers of various heights and materials to keep it even more visually appealing.

Dried Corn

Dried corn and husks are also great for seasonal touches both indoors and out. Tie to light fixtures or stair railings for a rustic look. Here are a bunch of great ideas to check out.

Flower Power

Chrysanthemums are another fall staple that add color to any space. You can easily grow your own, but you can also find them at your local farmer’s markets, grocery stores and nurseries. Here are some tips for keeping them looking good longer.

Welcome Home

A new rug or welcome mat with seasonal colors is a quick and easy way to welcome visitors to your home. And because of their low price points, you can choose a different one for each season.


Finally, don’t forget about lighting, but that doesn’t mean get kitschy with orange light bulbs. I’ve always liked the look of clear miniature rope lighting, which doesn’t have to be relegated to December holidays. String it around shrubbery and in trees to add a warm, inviting glow. Check out these boards for inspiration.

Do you have any fall outdoor decorating ideas? Share them in the comments! Happy fall, y’all!