Preparing Your Home For Fall {Things to Do Now} & A Giveaway

Preparing Your Home For Fall {Things to Do Now} & A Giveaway

This post is in partnership with FilterEasy

When we lived in our last house, we were getting pretty good about keeping up with the regular maintenance. Or so I thought. Granted, it was a newer house so there wasn’t as much upkeep since most of it was in great new condition and we had updated so much ourselves. But with all houses, there are certain things you need to keep on top of or do on a seasonal basis. There are also tasks that are much easier to accomplish before the temperature and weather changes. And of course, there are the seasonal updates that are just for fun! The fun ones are my favorite :).

Fall is the perfect time to update the paint or stain on your front door and porch. As long as the rain holds off and the temperatures aren’t still too high where you live, that is! Paint and stain can protect the wood as well as make your home more attractive and ready for seasonal wreaths and decor!.

Our front door makeover is here and you can read about our back deck makeover here.

Preparing Your Home For Fall {Things to Do Now} & A Giveaway

If you have window boxes or planter boxes, wouldn’t it be amazing to fill them fall foliage? I’ve always loved these window boxes on a house in my old neighborhood in Portland. I would love to have window boxes to change for the seasons!

Preparing Your Home For Fall {Things to Do Now} & A Giveaway

I love planting seasonal foliage and cutting flowers outside, and its fun to bring the outside foliage in, too! A fresh bouquet will make your home so inviting and remind you of how much you love fall (you do love fall, right?).

Speaking of seasonal updates, one thing I have been striving to do over the years is to think ahead for outdoor holiday decorating! My goal is to hang my Christmas lights around the porch in October, when it isn’t FREEZING and POURING out. Yeah, it’s a little early perhaps for celebrating Christmas, but you’ll be so glad you got your lights up without freezing your fingers. So often I skip hanging lights because I don’t want to go out in the cold, so when I finish that task early I’m so happy in December when I see my twinkling lights. That’s a task worth doing early, I say!

Preparing Your Home For Fall {Things to Do Now} & A Giveaway

Here’s a list of five important (but less fun) fall home maintenance tasks I think are easy to forget (or put off)!

1. Remove the hose and turn off the outside water.
2. Clean your gutters and downspouts.
3. Check your roof, driveways and walkways.
4. Fireplace cleaning
5. Replace furnace and air return filters (an important task year-round!)

As the weather changes, you need to make sure your home and yard are ready for the harsher elements and colder temperatures. You want to protect your investment in your home, save money, as well as keep your family safe!

Preparing Your Home For Fall {Things to Do Now} & A Giveaway

I was the worst at remembering to clean the air filters at our old house. Ugh. How embarrassing is this? Truly horrible. {Shudder}. When you open the vent, it looks like giant furry rodents have made a home there. Ew.

Have you remembered to change your return air vents lately? Or your furnace vents? Go look at yours and come back to tell me if they look as yucky as mine. I bet they do! Did you know you are supposed to change filters every three months? It makes sense, just imagine breathing in that furry rat-hair like dust for months on end! Yuck. Surely your furnace can’t operate properly or efficiently with that much dust. YOU can’t operate efficiently with that much dust. Changing your filters every 90 days will save energy, keep your home clean and prevent expensive HVAC repairs so it really should be on our seasonal to do list.

Preparing Your Home For Fall {Things to Do Now} & A Giveaway

Just as I was moving out of my old house, I heard about a new service called FilterEasy that will send you new filters regularly, taking the guesswork out of remembering to order and change your filters! FilterEasy filters cost the same or less than those in stores and there is free shipping, so you don’t have to spend your day driving around looking for the right sized filters (or forgetting what sizes you need!).

Preparing Your Home For Fall {Things to Do Now} & A Giveaway

Lately I’ve been automating EVERYTHING I don’t want to think about, don’t like to do or forget to do. It’s been a huge time and stress saver for me. Since there are so many benefits to changing your air filters on time, I’ve signed up for FilterEasy in my new house. With each filter delivery, I’ll remember it is time to change them! No more furry rodents living in my filters, thank you. That’s one less thing I have to worry about.

Preparing Your Home For Fall {Things to Do Now} & A Giveaway

Once you take care of all the fall home maintenance, you’ll feel so snug and safe and ready for the season.

GIVEAWAY & FREE SET OF AIR FILTERS FOR YOUR HOME!

The first 100 readers to enter the giveaway will get a shipment of FREE REPLACEMENT FILTERS for their entire house! Click here to enter FilterEasy’s $250 Target Gift Card Giveaway! (Submit your email address, and then you’ll be directed to FilterEasy’s homepage with a pre-applied promo code for your free set of filters.) **First 100 readers only!**

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. The winner will be announced on September 23rd.

What are some of your seasonal home tasks and tips for preparing for the season ahead?

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

I‘m extra excited about fall this year! Not that I’m not always excited about fall, but you know. Every fall is new and exciting :). Even though we are in that awkward and less than pulled together state of being all in moved into our house but not at all set up, I still am loving that I can putter around the house and start to cozify it.

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

There’s something so comforting about creating a cozy place to call home for your family in the fall, the best season of all! Even just pulling out the warm plaid blankets and the plush pumpkins has been a good reminder that in time, layer by layer, this house will become our home.

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

You can find this mirror hereThe lamp seems to be sold out everywhere I check, but it’s called the Safavieh Color Swirls Lamp in Navy! I got it on Overstock.

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

It’s the layers that will add the warmth, the character and the personality that will make this house feel less like real estate photos and more like a reflection of the people who live here now. Nesting takes a bit of time, trial and error, patience and happy experiments, fails and wins. Little by little more of the pieces of the house-puzzle will start to fit and soon the whole picture of what our home will become will start to be revealed.

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

The deeper joys of nesting don’t just come from setting up the most perfect vignette or decorating with seasonal elements, but rather through the process of settling into a new comfortable rhythm of life. Puttering around the house might seem like a frivolous or even unnecessary pursuit, but the fact is that nesting in the fall isn’t wasted time at all. It’s a comforting way to welcome us home.

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

Today my friend, Chris Ann, from the LoveFeast Shop, is giving away a Velvet Pumpkin Large Set of Six! These are not just ordinary velvet pumpkins, they are heavy weight works of handmade art. Those stems! That chubby plushness! If you win, you can select the color of the set that will look best in your home, or give a set as a special gift. Just leave a comment below to enter! One winner (U.S. only) will be announced Friday.

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

PS. Exciting news! I have a copy of my new book in my possession right now! Eek! I can’t believe it! It’s so surreal to see it sitting in my new house. We are so proud of how it turned out, it’s absolutely gorgeous in real life. In a couple days I’ll share some more details, show you a sneak peek of the interior and do a giveaway of the very first signed copy! :) You can pre-order it now for about $19 at Barnes and Noble or Amazon!

*GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*

*Don’t forget to enter the Plush Pumpkin giveaway by leaving a comment below!*

Are you beginning the fall process of settling in and making things cozier?

Share what fall nesting looks like to you over at Home Love Stories!

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}
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