Autumn Life Hacks
15 Tips to Make Fall the Best Season Yet!
Summer is behind us, and with the start of the fall season comes a ton of wonderful things, leaves changing, cooling weather, pumpkin picking, apple cider, Halloween, and so many other activities. But how can you optimize your fall experience for both your home and yourself?
Well, look no further! Let the Kerr Team share tips with you so you can enjoy the season, with:
15 Tips to Make the Fall Your Season Yet!
Make Pumpkins Last!
There’s nothing worse than watching your picked pumpkins decay on your front porch. As they rot, they attract a variety of animals and insects feasting upon them. Stop this natural process by taking a spray bottle and filling it with a mixture of bleach and water. Coat the pumpkin and watch them last until after Halloween.
2. Easy Leaf Cleaning
With the season comes a massive leaf cleanup, especially if you have a deck or a patio. It looks sloppy and can be a problem to maintain. If you don’t have a leaf blower, because we all don’t own a landscaping company, this could be a tall task. Well work smarter, not harder. Use a simple house fan to blow the leaves where you want them to go, or into a pile. Makes for easy cleanup and looks even better.
3. Dry Your Shoes/Boots with Ease
During the season, it can easy for your footwear to become wet, and there’s nothing worse than walking around in a wet shoe. Well you don’t have to buy a new pair, nor break the bank cleaning them. Just grab some old newspaper and put them in the shoe, the paper will absorb the wetness, and overnight, your shoes will be dry.
4. Save a Wet Phone
In fairness, this one doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a new phone. With the season can come rain, which causes wet clothes. But that could be devastating to your electronics. If you get your phone wet, to save it, place it in a container with uncooked, white rice, overnight. The salts in the rice with pull the moisture out of the phone, and hopefully save the functionality of your phone.
5. Create a New Kind of Lunch Box
With the fall comes back to school. While at school, you want to save lunch to be as fresh as possible. Well re-purpose those old black CD cases into a lunch container. The air tight seal will conceal freshness and ensure a good meal. See picture below
6. Heating Pinecones
Pinecones can be a very nice decorative piece for your Thanksgiving table or even on a coffee table. But Pinecones can be a hotbed for insects and other undesirables you wouldn’t like in your home. To prevent this, before displaying them, put them on a baking sheet and cook them at 250 degrees for a bout an hour. That will take care of any of those hitchhikers you wouldn’t want to display to guests.
7. Use Old Cinderblocks to Display Jack-o-lanterns
This one is fun, but it may not be worth it to go out an purchase. But if you have some cinderblocks lying around, you can adjust them into being displays for Jack-O-Lanterns and candles, that will not burn and will be aesthetically pleasing.
8. DIY Potpourri
One of the best parts of the season are the smells. You can achieve this with a candle or a plug in spray. But these scents can be achieved in a cheap, simple way by making your own potpourri. Use a few cinnamon sticks, a couple sliced apples, some orange peels, cloves, and vanilla extract, and simmer them in a pot on a stove, and let simmer throughout the day (just keep adding water to prevent burning), and your home will smell amazing.
9. Unique Candles
This is an inexpensive way to display a unique style of candles for the season. Take a normal candle, the larger the better, and place them in a larger vase. With the space between the candle and the vase, pour popcorn kernels in the gaps and wrap a bow around the vase, and display it where appropriate.
10. Gutter Cleaning
Every year, several people get injured, or worse, while cleaning out their gutters, by falling off a ladder. Well avoid doing so, taking a shop vacuum and attach a PVC pipe that bends and simply do it from the ground. Your back will thank you, as will your friends and family be happy you did it in a safe and sound process.
11. Bathroom Pumpkins
This is a fun, yet practical thing for storage in your bathroom. With your extra rolls of toilet paper, wrap them in cheap tissue paper (you can even use the packaging paper from a gift bag you may have received), then cut an old toilet paper roll and roll the cardboard into a stem, and even take leaves from outside and glue them to the top. Your guests will think it’s cute, with paying barely anything.
12. While Landscaping, Use a Tarp
We’ve all had the struggle of raking leaves, then when putting them into leaf bags, half of the leaves fall out and become scattered all over again, causing you to have to do it all over again. Well work smarter, not harder. Rake the leaves onto a plastic tarp, then when full, just lift the tarp and dump into however you dispose of your leaves.
13. Make a Fall Themed Centerpiece
Putting flowers or a centerpiece in the center of your table, really makes the table look a lot better. But why not make it have a fall theme, without breaking the bank. Take a normal pumpkin, hallow it out, then place a glass or even an aluminum can in the center with some water, and fill with your choice of floral arrangement. This will sure to brighten up any meal.
14. Washing Potatoes Made Easy
Potatoes are a usual staple in any fall meal. The first part of creating the delicious side item is washing them. Some people washing them one by one in the sink, but why? Make it easy on yourself, especially if you’re making a lot of potatoes. Put them in the top shelf of your dishwasher and run them through a rinse cycle, without adding soap.
15. Cooking Potatoes Made Easy
After washing your potatoes, you of course need to cook them. Well it could take a long time and sometimes you don’t have a pot big enough to fit all of them. Boil water in a normal pot or kettle, put the potatoes in a regular cooler, then once it the kettle boils, pour the water over the potatoes, close the lid to the cooler, and let the potatoes cook in the cooler, add more boiled water as needed.
Use these tips to help have a prosperous season, while still having a fun time!
Presented By Deborah Kerr
Keller Williams Elite, Realtors
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