What To Do In September? Storage, Cleaning, Crafts, Kitchen, Garden To Do List For The New School Year

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What To Do In September? Storage, Cleaning, Crafts, Kitchen, Garden To Do List For The New School Year

While the weather is still mild, barely back from vacation, about twenty tasks are already to be scheduled before the fall, if we do not want to be surprised by the cold. Tidying up, cleaning, DIY, cooking, gardening ... what to do in September? Taking a few moments to inspect and do some tasks can save us a lot of worries later. And at the end of the summer, while we are still enjoying the last beautiful days, it is a good time to inspect every room in the apartment or house, and why make some repairs. Discover the to do list of everything that would be good to check your home before the rains, but especially before the cold.

September: 20 things to do at home before the rain and cold weather

1 - Check the clothes

Summer clothing

Even if the weather is still mild, you won't be putting on your bathing suit or shorts anytime soon. Check the condition of the family's summer outfits, wash them if necessary and store them at the top of the closet. If you don't have enough room, put them in a vacuum bag with a plastic zipper.

Winter Clothing

Take out sweaters, pants and jackets, winter shoes, check one by one the condition of each garment, and make a list of those that need to be replaced because they are too worn, too small or too big.

Comforters and blankets

Take out comforters and blankets that you haven't used for several months and take the opportunity to check if the sheets and covers are in good condition.

2 - Cooking and freezing

The vegetables and fruits of September are delicious.
Make gratins or soups of tomato, pumpkin, zucchini, beet, and jams and stewed plums, apples and pears. Then freeze them.
You will consume them with pleasure throughout the winter.

3 - Radiator

Before putting the radiators back into operation, dust them off.
Cleaning a radiator is essential to avoid impairing its efficiency and to reduce the risk of health problems related to dust.
Take the opportunity to purge them.

4 - Chimney

Bring in a professional or, if you have the necessary equipment, even sweep the chimney.
It is advisable to sweep the chimney once or twice a year.

5 - Firewood

In preparation for winter, buy firewood.
If you have enough firewood, protect it under a tarp or store it indoors for rainy weather.
And bring as many logs as possible inside, into the living room, so that the wood is dry when you start the fire.
We sell odourless natural firelighters at the Toupratique store.

6 - Smoke detectors

Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
If they are defective, replace them or replace the batteries.

7 - Water Heater

A water heater that doesn't work when you're home a lot is a disaster.
Before winter, have your water heater checked by a qualified technician.

8 - Faucet

Check all faucets in the house, as well as the toilet flushes, and change the seals if necessary.
A leaky faucet can be a major expense.

9 - Bathtub and Sink Seals

Clean or replace mold blackened silicone gaskets.

10 - Windows

Check windows for leaks.
If they are too worn, there is still time to change them.
This will prevent air or water infiltration.

11- VMC

Check that your CMV is working properly and take the opportunity to clean the ventilation grilles in each room, where dust accumulates.
Dirty grilles are not very effective.

12 - Indoor plants

Remove faded flowers and damaged foliage from annuals to ensure that they bloom for as long as possible.
Gradually bring green plants closer to windows, and begin to reduce watering and fertilizer use.

13 - Bouquet

Compose bunches of branches and flowers that you will dry.
You will keep them in vases all winter long.

If you live in a house

14 - Facade

Inspect the facade and seal any cracks.
The exterior cladding of the house must be in good condition to withstand the winter.

15 - Gutters

Inspect the eavestroughs, check with a garden hose that nothing is obstructing it.

In the garden

16 - Leaves

Collect the leaves as soon as they have fallen, before they rot.
Dead leaves can protect plants during the winter if they are stirred often with a rake. Later, place them around the plants, without packing them down, so that air can circulate.
In the meantime, pour them in with the waste from fruits and vegetables, mixed with paper or ashes, they will make a good compost.

17 - Tree branches

Take a look at the trees near you. In a strong gust of wind, some branches can become dangerous and damage the house. In September, there is still time to bring in a pruner.

18 - Planting

September is the right time for :

  • Trim the hedges
  • Remove wilted flowers from shrubs.
  • Transplant new plants.
  • Plant bulbs in the ground, but at a depth of about two or three times their size.


  • Mow your lawn again until the beginning of November. But remove moss and weeds. And bring a special lawn fertilizer if possible organic.
  • Gradually reduce the watering.

If it gets cold :

  • - Bring the potted plants inside or put them in a sheltered place.
  • - Empty the garden hose, turn off the water supply from the outside tap and drain it to prevent frost damage.

19 - Check the fence

If you have a dog or cat, check the condition of the fence and secure it so they don't escape or be attacked by other animals.

20 - Storage

As soon as rain or cold weather arrives, put away the garden furniture or cover it up.
Sort through the products left in the garden shed, bring in those that are likely to be damaged by the cold, and dispose of old and rusty cans and bottles, especially those containing chemicals.
Clean the barbecue and cover it for the winter.

And finally, plan family leisure and activities ... and especially your next vacation.

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