10 Tips for Fall Outdoor Organization

10 Tips for Fall Outdoor Organization

Take care of these 10 things now so you can enjoy all autumn has to offer later.


By: Jennifer Lifford

Cooler weather is on the way. Take advantage of beautiful, early fall days and prepare the outside of your home for the colder days ahead.

1. Pack and Store Patio Furniture and Accessories
Make sure to clean all patio furniture well (including cushions) before storing it. Keep patio cushions in a closed storage unit and use covers for the furniture frames.

Tip: Store your furniture inside a shed or garage to further protect it from the elements.

2. Organize and Clean the Garage
Spend some time tidying up the garage or shed while the weather is still nice.

  • Pull as many items as you can out into the driveway and give the garage floor a good cleaning
  • Organize equipment and other stored items as you put them back, making sure to get rid of any items that you no longer want or use
  • Store away summer sports equipment and get your winter gear front and center

3. Store Seasonal Outdoor Toys
Clean all toys before storing them away to help prevent mold and mildew. Once spring rolls around, pulling out warm-weather toys will be much quicker.

4. Clean and Weatherproof Your Deck
Apply a sealant or new coat of exterior paint to your wood deck for added protection against the rain and snow.

5. Check the Roof
From the ground, visually inspect your roof for signs of damage like loose or missing shingles. Have this checked by a professional if you see anything concerning.

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6. Weatherproof Your Doors
Add weather stripping around the doors, making sure you can’t see any daylight when looking through the door from the inside.

Tip: Don’t forget about the windows! Check the areas around them for gaps and cracks, and apply caulk as needed.

7. Prepare Outdoor Faucets
Disconnect garden hoses and drain any water that still remains in the faucet. Water in pipes can freeze and expand causing the pipes to burst. Install insulating covers to outdoor faucets if you live in colder climates.

8. Prepare and Store Yard and Garden Equipment
After the last use of the season, give all equipment a good wipe using a damp cloth or scrubbing pad as needed. Make sure they’re thoroughly dried to prevent rusting.

  • Keep tools as far away as possible from wetness or moisture, or cover with a tarp
  • Safely remove any unused gasoline from the lawn mower

9. Check the Gutters
Clean the drainpipe and gutters of leaves and other debris to prevent clogging. If drains are not cleaned adequately, water can back up against the house and lead to leaks, or damage roofing, siding and wood trim.

10. Don’t Forget About the Grill
Give your grill a thorough cleaning before covering and storing it for the winter. Be sure to scrape down grates, wipe down nobs and clean the inside of the lid, too.

While it might seem like a lot to do at first, just remember: Finishing all these tasks up early lets you rest easy knowing that everything is properly stored and will last through the winter. Plus, you’ll be able to kick back and relax once autumn is in full swing.



Jennifer is the author of the blog Clean & Scentsible, where she shares her passion for organizing, crafting and home décor. She is a mom of two boys and enjoys coming up with fun activities to celebrate the holidays and everyday life with her family.

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Great tips to follow. We have a high tendency to do things at the very last minute and that is also when we realize it might just be too late. This is especially true for the storage shed usually. Things in there require proper storage methods like the electrical equipment and chemical items like batteries. If not set aside properly, then they might just fail you when the winter ends. Hence, start early so you have less worry.

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great ideas

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