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Thursday, August 30, 2012

A New Season: A New List

Ah, Labor Day.  Hard to believe June, July and August went by so fast! The long weekend is summer’s last official hoorah before it’s time to face the shorter days, the crisper nights and the reality that fall and winter are coming.  It’s also a good reminder of the loose ends that should be tied up before the busy months of the holidays are in full swing.
It may be the last thing you want to think about when it’s sunny and warm outside, but late August and early September are the perfect time to begin winterizing your home and belongings.  There are a host of items on the winterizing to-do list, and it can seem daunting without a plan. 
Make it easier by breaking up your tasks, and focusing on one area of your home at a time.  Start with the exterior, by preparing items such as lawn mowers, gutters and landscaping like shrubs and flowerbeds for winter hibernation.  Prepare the inside of your home by stocking up on emergency supplies (you never know when that freak storm might hit!), unpacking winter clothes and double-checking insulation.  A few minutes now can mean so much more later.  Like having a good reliable flashlight on hand, a radio and plenty of batteries to spare.  It doesn’t hurt to store some bottled water and snacks, too.
Preparing now means fewer headaches later, and more time to enjoy what colder weather has to bring – like family and celebrations.  Preparing now also means fewer surprises later – by ensuring everything in your home is in working order and ready for the long haul of fall and winter.
So between Labor Day burgers and fall foliage, set aside some time to tackle that cold-weather to-do list.  There’s no time like the present!
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