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Doing Fall Chores with DealDash

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Everyone thinks to do the obvious fall chores such as leaf-raking and gutter-cleaning, but what about the lesser thought of chores…

Now that we are very firmly planted into fall, it’s time to do a few different chores inside and outside the house to prepare for winter. There are the obvious fall chores that we usually think of, but there are lots of other chores that might just slip your mind until it’s too late in the season to do them. Here is a quick list of some of the lesser thought of fall chores that you might want to incorporate into your house and yard work this coming weekend.

  • Insect spraying. Before the weather turns cold and the buggies try to make their way inside your home, give your house a good spraying around the perimeter. There are some excellent insecticides that come with their own sprayer and just need to be pumped manually. Spray the entire outside, and concentrate around the doorways and windows. You can get these great insecticides from any big box store near you.
  • Sweep (or use your leaf blower!) to clean out your basement and garage. The dirt from summer, and those pesky fall leaves just seem to make their way in no matter how careful you are. Get them out and have a nice fresh and clean slate for the snow, ice, and salt to be tracked in. It’s a never-ending chore, but at least you might be able to keep it clean for a little while until the season changes into winter.
  • Clean your windows, inside and out. Now is the time to clean off those grimy windows. Clean them inside and out, before it gets too cold to be able to open them up to clean the outsides. You can use windex, or even a 1/2 water, 1/2 white vinegar solution to get them sparkling clean.
  • Swap out your summer clothing for your winter clothing. Be sure to store your out-of-season clothing in plastic totes if you are going to be keeping them in the basement, garage, or attic. This will keep them safe from moisture and other unsavory elements.

I hope that you have found this article helpful to get you started on your fall chores. If you need any products that were mentioned in the article such as plastic totes, a leaf blower, or even a gift card to a big box store DealDash has them for you. DealDash has all of these items and more up for auction. Just click on this  and you can visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Spooky Crafts: Jar Lights

 

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Making jack-o-lanterns out of real pumpkins is fun, but if you’re not up for a big pumpkin guts mess this year try these spooky mason jar lights instead.

Let’s face it, carving pumpkins is a huge mess. It’s fun, and I would never deprive my children of this great childhood activity, but since both of my bigger kids are at school this year they are actually carving pumpkins on a field trip – I feel like I can skip it, since the baby doesn’t know what he’s missing! However, since I do like to keep things festive for the holidays, I thought that this spooky mason jar craft project was a happy medium between “huge mess” and “not decorating”. This craft is fun, easy, and only needs a few materials to make a very adorably spooky decoration.

Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • String of fairy lights
  • Tissue paper (any color, but if you want to make “pumpkins” use orange)
  • Construction paper (black)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge (or watered down elmer’s glue)
  • paintbrush

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your “pumpkin” face, or any other shape that you would like use to decorate the jar.
  2. Using the mod podge or glue, attach the face shapes to the inside of the mason jar.
  3. Using thin strips of tissue paper, attach 1 layer of tissue paper to the inside of the jar using the paintbrush, coat it with the mod modge or glue. Set aside to dry.
  4. Cover the outside of the lid with either paint or a layer of the tissue paper. I find that the paint looks better, but the tissue paper dries more quickly. It’s your choice.
  5. After everything has dried, put your fairy lights inside the jar. Put the battery pack in the bottom of the jar, and put the lights inside on top of the battery pack. You can arrange them in any way you like, but since they will be shining through the tissue paper it doesn’t really make much of a difference how you place them as long as the battery pack is on the bottom.
  6. That’s it! Enjoy your spooky Halloween mason jar.

I hope that you found this to be a fun craft to do by yourself or with your kids or grandkids. DealDash has some great auctions on craft and sewing supplies. Check out the sewing machines and more on DealDash. Click here and visit DealDash to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding, everyone!

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