Finish up the last of your summer to-do items

For those in the northern hemisphere, just 28 days of summer linger on the calendar. Before the cool days of fall and winter set in, now is the time to finish up warm-weather uncluttering projects that remain on your to-do list.

  • Your garage. If you haven’t already cleared the clutter from your garage this season, now is a great time to take advantage of the access you have to your driveway. Pull everything out of your garage and sort it into piles: Keep, Purge, Other. Clean your garage (starting at the top of the room and working your way down), make any necessary repairs and/or add organizing systems, and then return only the “Keep” pile items to the space. Donate, recycle, and/or trash the items from the “Purge” pile, and return the items in the “Other” pile to their owners or the places they belong in your home.
  • Your car. Similar to the process used on your garage, do the same with your car. Don’t forget small areas like the glovebox and the console.
  • Trash cans and litter boxes. Now is the perfect time to haul your trash cans and litter boxes to your local self-service car wash and give all of them a deep cleaning. Set them in the bright sun for a few minutes to dry before hauling them back to your place, stink free.
  • Your chimney. Before the rush of callers pour in to your local chimney sweep, give him a call and schedule an appointment now. This way, you won’t have to wait to start up your fireplace on the first cool night of the season.

Whatever tasks remain on your summer to-do list, schedule and take on those tasks now before the weather keeps you from doing them.

12 Comments for “Finish up the last of your summer to-do items”

  1. posted by WilliamB on

    I live in hot & humid so cleaning the garage is a spring or fall event. It includes pressure-washing so it’s also a good time to do the trash cans (especially if you have large or many trash cans and small car).

  2. posted by Dawn F on

    Perhaps it’s a great time (once summer is officially over in your region) to clear off and clean up the back porch/patio including lawn furniture and the BBQ grill.

  3. posted by Marie on

    One thing to remember: strong cleaners may leave behind an odor that will make cats avoid the litter box. If you have litter-avoidant cats, a mild cleaner that leaves no scent is the safest choice. I prefer white vinegar: it’s cheap, effective, and it rinses away scent-free.

    I’ve had several cats with physical and psychological issues that caused litter avoidance, so I’ve learned this the hard way!

  4. posted by Ronique Gibson on

    Another good one is your lawn and lawn equipment. When it starts getting cold we forget all about our landscaping! Before it gets cold make sure you fertilize for the cold weather. Before you put up the lawnmower for good, consider getting it serviced. That way when spring comes you won’t have to wait in line to get yours done!

  5. posted by Rebecca on

    Fall for us is a great season to do outdoor projects that are too hot for summer, like fixing gutters or fixing the roof. Pull out the storm windows to see if they need reglazing or painting, and get that done before the screens come off (if you have old windows like us) we have also found great deals on having our screens fixed in the fall or winter instead of waiting for spring.

  6. posted by Matus on

    – No garage
    – No car
    – No trash cans
    – No chimney


    I am sorry guys, I just had to do this 🙂 Btw, we are no minimalists, we just live in a small apartment and have no car. We have a plenty of projects going on anyways. Mostly fighting with finding place for every thing with such a limited space.

    And yes, outdoor projects are good to get done before it gets cold and rainy.

  7. posted by Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow on

    Car: don´t own one.
    Garage: don´t own one.
    Chimney: don´t have one.
    Trash cans: the caretaker of the building takes care of those.

    Ahhh. The satisfaction of seeing a to-do list all checked off !

  8. posted by Ann on

    I live in the northern hemisphere (in the U.S.). And yesterday it was 107 degrees here. Who knows what it was in my garage, but I’m not venturing in to find out.

  9. posted by Anita on

    I’m with Matus and Eternal Voyageur. No car, no garage, no chimney, and I only have 2 small trash bins and one litter box, which I clean weekly anyway.

    Still, this is a good reminder to finish up other projects on the go 🙂

  10. posted by Lesley on

    I’m with William and Ann. Here in Texas, September and sometimes October are “Indian summer.” It has cooled off a bit this week, but highs are still in the 90s and humidity is high. Garage cleanup is something we actually do in WINTER time, when we can spend an entire day outside sorting. Plus, our lawn equipment will still be in use until late November …

  11. posted by Robin on

    I can see the appeal of a high pressure hose, but who in their right mind would load up their car with stinky trash cans and litter boxes if they have a hose available at home?!

  12. posted by gypsy packer on

    Chimney sweeping is slow business in the summer. This looks like a great time to negotiate a discount, for yourself, or for your street/HOA/co-op/affinity group.

    When all else fails, learn to DIY. Brushes and extensions are available at the big boxes or online. I once brushed out a chimney with a big piece of shrubbery, covered with a worn-out t-shirt, and a rope tied to each end. Troublesome, but it did the job.

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