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Mid-Week Mini Edition

By Maria Gracia
October 4, 2017

  Today's Feature

7 TO DOs Before the Last Autumn Leaf Falls

Where I live, the leaves are just beginning to change colors, signifying the pathway into winter. Here are a handful of TO DOs for you to accomplish before the last autumn leaf falls and Jack Frost comes to town.

1. Furnace inspection and filter change

Now is the time to call for your annual inspection and cleaning, before it really gets cold and everyone is trying to schedule. If you can't get it done right away, at least be sure to put in a clean filter. A clean filter really improves air quality, so don't skip this important step...especially if you or someone in your house has allergies or asthma.

2. Fireplace maintenance and wood pile

If you prefer to heat your home with wood, then it's time to get your fireplace or wood burner in working order. Also, be sure you have a good stock pile of wood to start the season. If you're going to need to get more wood mid-season, now is a good time to secure a source.

3. Vacuum dryer vent and refrigerator coils

Now is a good time to vacuum the dryer vent and refrigerator coils of all the lint and dust that have built up since the spring. Your appliances will run more efficiently, will last longer, and you may prevent a house fire. Most hardware stores carry hoses and brushes that attach to your home vacuum or shop vac to make this job easier.

4. Remove, clean and store yard art

Enjoy an 'Indian Summer' day by taking your yard art out of your flower beds. Clean everything off. Make any necessary repairs. Discard any that are beyond repair. Store them in a dry place until spring. If you keep them near your lawn mower, you'll be sure to find them again when it's time to put them back out.

5. Finish any painting projects

This is perfect painting weather for many areas. Windows can still be opened for ventilation. Low humidity and cooler temperatures allow your paint to dry faster. You'll be cooler and more comfortable, too. Interior and exterior painting can be completed, as well as crafty/DIY projects.

6. Update Christmas card list

Check those addresses now instead of waiting until you're busy with all the other demands of the holiday season. If you're really ambitious, print mailing labels to really save time later.

7. Fall/Winter bucket list

Have some fun with this one. Fall and winter provide their own unique opportunities. Pick apples. Go on a fall color tour. Get lost in a corn maze. Test your bravery in a haunted house. Go on a hayride. Learn to ski or ice skate. Build a snowman or an igloo. Learn to knit or crochet. Make a personal list and a family list. Have fun checking them off after you enjoy each activity. Challenge yourself to complete the list!

P.S. Speaking of a great activity this year that can actually put some extra cash in your pocket, autumn is a fantastic time of year to host your very own garage sale...a great way to make money and eliminate clutter at the same time. In fact, if you'd like to get rid of your clutter by hosting your most profitable garage sale ever, I highly recommend you check out my Garage Sale ToolKit. It has TONS of ideas to help you make your garage sale your most successful, profitable yet! Visit:

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  Reader Tip

Staying Organized with Nail Polish

We have a small collection of tools in our workbench in the basement, in a drawer in the kitchen, and on a pegboard in the garage. To keep the tools in their correct home, we painted a small area on their handles with three different colored nail polishes to indicate the three different areas. This keeps the tools organized and in the correct areas.

After a car trip, I discovered another idea for nail polish. We like to have cords and adapters in each car for charging two cell phones. I organized and then marked, with different colored nail polish, the cords and adapters for each car. I also nail polished the edges of the cords and adapters so that it was easier to tell which way the cords went into the adapters.

Robin Cohn
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

  New on our Web Site!

October Checklist: Witching you an organized, boo-tiful October. Start today with our NEW October 2017 Organizing Checklist...

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Featured Video: In praise of slowness. This is a must-see

Dirty Little Secret 1: We always pick the perfect pumpkin for our Halloween jack o'lantern. Here's what we do...

Dirty Little Secret 2: My car exterior is always clean. Here's how I keep it that way...

Dirty Little Secret 3: Do you give your guests access to your home WIFI? If so, do this. Everyone will appreciate it...

Mini Challenges: There are certain tasks I always like to tackle at the beginning of each month. Here they are

In ADDITION, on our home page, you'll also find lots of NEW and featured STUFF including...

Social Media Spotlight: The link between clutter and depression

New Web Poll: Do you believe in ghosts? Let us know

Theme of the Week: The season of Fall. Enjoy our home page quotes, that reflect our theme, for added inspiration and motivation this week

  In Closing

Thank you leaf blowers, for making me look like the world's lamest Ghostbuster. I ain't afraid of no leaves.'
--Jimmy Fallon, Thank You Notes

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