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Each year, as the fall weather arrives, a sense of urgency sets in among Minnesotans. So many activities are competing for our attention at once. Should our top priority be enjoying seasonal fun, taking care of autumn chores, or preparing for winter’s annual return? It’s no surprise many of us end up feeling overwhelmed and burnt out!

If we’re being honest, making the most of fun opportunities while managing your responsibilities is a balancing act. Still, fall is a great time to tackle some home maintenance projects to ensure your home is in good shape come winter. With that in mind, we’re sharing a list of five tasks to check off your to-do list. The best part? There will be plenty of time left over to go apple-picking! After all, you can have it all, just not all in one day.

Tackle Seasonal Chores

At the top of our list of home maintenance projects is the task that’s most necessary, and does double-duty. Whether you’re raking the yard, putting away patio furniture, or tending to plants that can’t withstand winter’s chill, seasonal chores are an excellent way to care for your home and your health. Most of these jobs take place outside and require that you break a sweat. So roll up those sleeves, breathe in the crisp fall air, and knock this off of your to-do list first!

Get Organized

Our next fall home maintenance project works wonders when it comes to promoting peace and order in your day-to-day life. Significant clean-outs aren’t just for the spring! Late fall is an ideal time to see which of your organizational systems need an overhaul. Families and people change over time, right? The things that worked last year might not cut it anymore. Use a little of your fall break to sort through that overflowing pantry, put away summer clothes, reestablish a cubby system for the kids, or give the problem areas in your home a little organizational love.

De-Clutter and Donate

While you’re busy getting organized, you might as well take the extra step to de-clutter your home. The longer we live in one place, the more junk we seem to accumulate. And guess what? With the holiday season right around the corner, you’re probably only going to get more stuff—especially if you have kids! Now is the right time to de-clutter, dump, and donate the things that are taking up valuable space in your home.

Do DIY Projects

After you’ve crossed-off seasonal chores, got things in order, and de-cluttered your home, the next natural step is to finish those lingering DIY projects. A lot of easy fixes are possible with a little motivation, elbow grease, and inspiration! Sometimes you have no idea how some of these small projects can transform your home. They’re also a fun family endeavor that keeps everyone moving, learning, and working together to solve problems.

Start Planning Your Remodel

The final fall home maintenance project on our list is one of our favorites; planning your spring remodel! Once the snow starts falling and winter hibernation habits set in, a remodel is a great way to stay busy and get out of the house. Between browsing showrooms (ahem – like ours!), meeting with designers, interviewing contractors, and attending trade shows, you’ll have an endless list of activities to pass those sub-zero days. Plus, once the spring hits, you’ll have a beautifully reimagined home to look forward to!

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