Quick ways to freshen up a home for fall


Last updated 10/8/2018 at 4:28pm

As fall weather sets in, many homeowners take advantage of cooler days to spruce up their living spaces since they’re confined indoors; however, fitting all that work into a busy season filled with school, sports and other family demands isn’t always easy.

Fortunately, a fall refresh doesn’t have to mean mountains of daunting work. These tips can provide the inspiration needed to spruce up a home without the hassle.

First, control the clutter. Even the cleanest homes still look messy when they’re disorganized, but it’s an uphill battle for many to keep clutter from accumulating. Tackle the house room-by-room. Divide clutter into three piles: keep, donate and discard.

Next, give floors a facelift. After months spent outside, it’s inevitable that the family has tracked some of the great outdoors back inside with them. Get the floors back in their best condition with a good carpet cleaning.

Add some cheery light. For many homeowners, light fixtures aren’t high on their list for everyday cleaning. Over time, dust and debris build up, however, and impact the quality of light. Take time to wipe down fixtures for a cleaner, brighter ambiance in minutes.

Also, swap out bedding. Updating the textiles in a room is an easy way to instantly transform a space. Bedding for cooler seasons tends to be heavier and darker, so it’s the perfect time to make a switch to sheets and comforters that are not only practical but look cozy and inviting for the cold nights ahead. Similarly, swap out airy drapes and window treatments for more robust versions that reflect the season while helping keep drafts at bay.

Make do-it-yourself cleaning supplies. Some of the most effective cleaning agents can be made at home, so homeowners don’t have to worry about running out. Make an all-purpose spray cleaner by combining a quart of water with four tablespoons of baking soda. For extra cleaning power, mix vinegar with water and add a few drops of essential oils for an appealing scent. Another quick fix is to run citrus peels through the garbage disposal for an easy clean and fresh smelling kitchen.

Find more tips and ideas to get a home fall-ready at http://www.hoover.com.


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