With fall officially here and winter-like weather right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start getting your outdoor furniture, outdoor appliances, and lawn mowers cleaned and prepared so they don’t get ruined in this harsh weather we will soon be experiencing. Organizing and cleaning expert, Donna Smallin was kind enough to join me for an interview on Friday, October 2nd to talk about her fall chore checklist and dish on how we can get everything outside and inside our homes prepared for fall and winter, so they’re in perfect condition come spring which can’t come soon enough for this girl!
Candace Rose: Where’s the best place to start when creating your fall chore checklist?
Donna Smallin: “It makes sense to start outdoors while you still have a little bit of good weather left in your favor. If you think about it, lawn mowers and patio furniture, pool furniture, you’re probably done with, right? So you want to prepare it now, get it ready to put away. While you’re at it maybe even clean out that storage shed!
As far as the furniture goes, cleaning is easy with 303 Multi Surface cleaner. This is going to remove even the toughest summer stains and it rinses very clean. With fabrics you want to make sure that it’s completely dry and then I would recommend 303 fabric guard because this is going to restore any lost water repellency and also prevent and protect against future staining, so that makes a lot of sense. Treat all the fabric and do it in a well ventilated area, allow it to dry for a good six to 12 hours, so it’s completely dry before putting it into storage.
There’s one other thing you can do with the furniture as well, with 303 Aerospace Protectant this is going to help to repel dust from the hard surfaces of your lawn furniture and also protect it while it’s in storage and when you bring it out again the next year as well. That’s one job done outside.
One other job is any small engine equipment like your lawn mower, weed whacker that you’re putting away for the winter – my husband is a car guy and he swears by STA-BIL Storage. This is a non-alcohol based fuel stabilizer that helps to prevent against corrosion and ethanol issues that can really cause problems for your small engine equipment. This will actually help your engine start right up come spring which is important, so that’s one last headache.”
Candace Rose: How can we get the inside of our homes clean and in order as well?
Donna Smallin: “Well, I’ve got two things for you – one is this is the time of the year when we change out summer bedding and clothing and so you want to make sure you put all that stuff away clean. Sorry, that means doing a few extra loads of laundry which is all the more reason to choose a cost effective laundry detergent like Seventh Generation Energy Smart natural laundry detergent. This is specially formulated to save energy and money and also help to protect and care for our environment. What makes it different and better is advanced enzyme technology that gives it the same performance in cold water as warm water, so you can wash on cold water settings all day long and you’re going to save an average of $17 a year, that’s really smart savings. It’s a brand new product and you can find that at Target.
Another thing you want to do is plan a purge. A little decluttering will go a long way toward making your home feel a lot bigger this winter, especially when you start getting guests arriving. Now is also a good time because anything you’re not using, you don’t need or want anymore can be donated and you can take the tax write off for 2015. My motto is if you don’t love it or use it, lose it. Remember that someone, somewhere can really use what’s just taking up valuable space in your home.
That’s how you set yourself up and set your home up for a great winter season. For more great clutter clearing tips you can check out my book ‘Clear The Clutter, Find Happiness’ or come follow my blog Unclutter.com.”