While most people consider spring to be the best season for cleaning, organizing and freshening up around their Smith Mountain Lake house, there’s a certain appeal to tackling some of the same projects in the fall.
The weather is temperate, not too hot or cold to be active inside and outside as you tackle projects, and with holidays just around the corner, it’s an ideal time to get that home as pristine as it can possibly be.
Deb Beran Properties loves to help you make the most of your beautiful SML investment, so here are some tips for a fall-time freshen up that will make your winter even more relaxing.
Warm Up Your Wardrobe, and Your Heart
Some people have a seasonal wardrobe switch as winter melts into spring and summer falls into autumn, but whether you take inventory of your closet on a regular basis or not, this is a prime time to clean it out and give away what you no longer use. Local charities would love a timely donation of summer apparel or, especially, winter coats and shoes. As you add warmth to your wardrobe, warm your heart with a gift of items you don’t need to the Smith Mountain Lake neighbors who could put it to good use.
Purge the Pantry
The menu is switching from summer berries and light salads to comforting soups and hearty vegetables. It’s the perfect time to purge the pantry of old non-perishables that have passed their prime and restock with fresh culinary delights. It’s also not too early to fill your home with traditional holiday ingredients, which will save you trips to the grocery store in just a few weeks when Thanksgiving and Christmas fare is really in demand.
It’s Closing Time…for the Dock
The temperatures may be dropping, but all around Smith Mountain Lake, boats are being prepped for winter’s chill. If you’re the owner of a Smith Mountain Lake waterfront home with a dock, you’ll thank yourself next spring if you give the dock some autumn TLC too. Organize the lake toys, dock furniture and bar items, throw out or give away what you don’t use and give the whole thing a strong sweep of the broom. You may even want to hire someone to pressure wash or put fresh varnish on the wood before it gets too cold.
Leaves, Lawns and Landscaping
Horticulture experts encourage a special focus on lawns and landscaping this time of year. Leaves, sticks and other natural debris can take a toll on grass if not picked up and removed in a timely fashion. It’s also a great time to reseed and straw barren spots for protection and a head start on new spring growth. Give the yard a day of special treatment and your Smith Mountain Lake house will be twice as lovely with spring’s bloom.