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Autumn is one of New England’s prettiest seasons. With the change in leaves, the crisp air and the need for the smell of pumpkin in every home is what fall is all about. Although it’s an exciting time to start decorating for the season’s holidays and collecting the local harvest, it’s also a time to start deep cleaning around the house before our harsh winters start to come.

We listed a list of our top five must-clean points that we believe will help best prepare you for the rest of your season and the beginning of winter.

  1. Clean out your gutters

Particularly in wooded areas, clogged gutters can definitely pose a potential risk in the fall. Leaves and other debris that can get stuck in your gutters can cause water to overflow onto your roof, risking it to rot or be a potential nesting spot for mosquitoes.

  1. Bring out your Bags of Leaves

Raking leaves can be a chore, but it’s worth the time and effort. If leaves are left on the lawn, your grass cannot breathe and will hold onto excess moisture, which can damage your lawn in general. It also becomes a breeding ground for bacteria or fungi.

  1. Clean the deck and put away the Patio Cushions

Time to put away the outdoor furniture! Sweep the deck and clean your furniture. Have outdoor cushions? We recommend having them professionally cleaned after they are done being used for the year and stored away in a dry place. Triple S provides a free winter storage service with all outdoor cushions being cleaned in our plant, which is a perfect option for those of us who don’t have a lot of space to store our cushions in a controlled area.

  1. Window Cleaning

Spring and Fall (when the weather is not too hot and not too cold) are some of the best times to get you windows cleaned. With the leaves, debris and rain, your windows can definitely be looking dirty by the end of the season. It’s smart to get this out of the way just before the weather gets colder, whether you hire a professional or get on a ladder yourself!

  1. Wardrobe Change

The biggest changes in a person’s wardrobe happen during the spring and fall. With the weather getting colder, fall and winter wardrobes usually both come out at once. Now is the time to go through your dresser and closet and separate your clothes into three piles: storage, donate and sell. Any clothes you want to keep for next year’s spring and summer seasons, folding neatly into plastic bins of their category, such as a shorts and skirts bin or tank top and tee shirt bins. Any clothes in condition for selling, stores like Plato’s Closet or websites like Poshmark are two of the popular options. Everything else can be donated to a consignment shop or charity of your choice. After your summer clothes are sorted, you can begin changing into your fall and winter wardrobe!

With these tips, you’ll be off to a great start in preparing for our winters! What are some things you do to prepare for the cooler months?