How The Kids Can Help With Outside Home Maintenance This Fall

How The Kids Can Help With Outside Home Maintenance This Fall

At my house, we are in fall mode with fall sports, pulling out the decorations, and enjoying the cooler weather! One day, it’s cooler sweater weather and the next you are back in your shorts again, which means it’s fall in New Orleans and it’s a good time to do a little home maintenance. Fall outside home maintenance is great on these low humidity days and it’s a great way to get the kids involved to help out.

Below are a five things you can do in a weekend and how your kiddos can help you:

Clean out the gutters

Even though we don’t get to experience true fall here where the leaves changes colors, our trees still shed most of their leaves. Getting on a ladder to pull out the leaves or using a blower to blow them out of the gutters will prevent your gutters from clogging up and over flowing with water when it rains.

How the kids can assist: Have them grab a garage bag and the rake. Let them rake up the leaves and branches while you are pulling them out of the gutters

Trim the trees and bushes

Trim trees and bushes to get them cleaned up before becoming over grown. This will have the bushes freshened up right in time for the holidays! 

How the kids can help: Get the kids to pull the weeds from the garden beds. For those kids who like a little competition, have each kid do either side of the garden to see who finishes first. Don’t forget to have them bag up the weeds!

Put out fresh mulch or pine needles in the garden

Now that your garden beds don’t have anymore weeds growing through them, have the kids spread the mulch or pine needles. This will have your garden looking fresh in no time.

Clean windows outside

Remove the screens from your windows and give them a good cleaning. First, use a brush or broom to sweep away cob webs and debris. After this is done, grab the spray bottle and have the kids spray and wipe the windows down.

Buy supplies and wrap your pipes

Freshly wrapping your pipes now will save you time and stress when we get the one or two freeze days a year. Bring the kids to the hardware store with you and walk them through why it is still important even in an area when it doesn’t get extremely cold in the Winter.

Fall is such a great time of year to be outside! Owning and maintaining a home is a lot of work and incorporating the kids help not only helps you but get them involved and outside also! 

Robyn Bruno
Robyn is a New Orleans Native, mom to Anthony (5), Scarlett (4), and Violet (0). She has been married to her husband, Joseph, for 11 years and currently resides in Metairie. She went to Dominican, later graduated from LSU, and after found a passion for real estate where she now is an Associate Broker for Mirambell Realty for the last 14 years. When she’s not touring homes and neighborhoods, she’s chasing her kiddos, living vicariously through them, and exploring the city. She’ll never pass up an opportunity to eat crawfish, loves a good cup of coffee, an ice cold Purple Haze, is hoping to get her running shoes back on again soon.


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