Prep Your Flat for Fall

Getting ready for fall might seem like more of a homeowner task but there are simple things you can do to prep your flat for fall. Get ready for colder weather with by storing your balcony furniture, cycling your closets, deep cleaning and breaking out the doormats. The icy temperatures and sidewalk slush mean warmer clothes, boots and storage options are needed. While you won’t be cleaning leaves out of gutters, there’s plenty to do before the first snowfall.

Store Balcony Furniture

As the mercury drops, it is time to store your balcony furniture. Wash down patio furniture with warm soapy water and be sure to rinse thoroughly. Stack furniture put in your storage locker or closet. Empty any planters or pots for the winter season and store them inside to avoid cracking with the freezing temperature.

Cycle Closets

Say goodbye to summer and hello to sweater weather! Digging around for winter clothing in a sea of tank tops and shorts can be time-consuming. Cycle your closets seasonally to keep your wardrobe on point. Take the time to see if anything needs to be thrown out, donated or repaired. It’s always a good idea to get your winter coat dry-cleaned before the first frost so you’re good to go when colder temperatures hit.

Deep Clean

While we all try to keep tidy with the best of intentions, nothing beats a seasonal deep clean. Wash the baseboards, get in the nooks and crannies and vacuum your air filter. Check the grout in your bathroom for mold, clean and sanitize your oven, microwave, fridge, and dishwasher. Get your cupboard organized and throw out any old or expired items.

Get Doormats

Wet, slushy boots inherently come with winter in Toronto. Get doormats to prevent muck from spreading everywhere. Be sure to check if your doormat will fit under the door. Have a dedicated spot for boots and shoes when you enter your flat as the salt and sand can wreak havoc on floors.

5 Easy Indoor Plants

Want to test your green thumb? It can be tough determining what plants will work best in your flat, how much sunlight they need and when to water them. If you're relatively new to gardening, it's best to stick to the tried and true. Many of our top 5 easy indoor plants produce babies or pups that you can use to propagate plants for friends! Before you get started, remember to always look for planters that have drainage to avoid any root rot. Overwatering due to lack of drainage is one of the most common mistakes.

Ready to plant? Here are our 5 easy indoor plants to get you on track to becoming an avid horticulturist!

Aloe,

As a natural healing remedy, aloe can offer relief from minor burns, cuts, and scrapes. A practical and easy indoor plant, aloe belongs to the succulent family. Be sure to have proper drainage and let the soil dry completely between waterings. Aloe plants need partial light and do fine in the shade for part of the day.

Spider Plant

If you're looking for an easy indoor plant, it doesn't get easier than a spider plant! While spider plants are hearty, it is possible to overwater them. Be sure to fertilize in spring and summer months with an all-purpose liquid plant food. The spider plant flowers with offshoots called "spiderettes." Root your spiderettes in water and transplant to soil.

Asparagus Fern

Looking for a plant that thoroughly enjoys a sunny, humid bathroom? The asparagus fern also does well outside on a balcony in the hot summer months. Be sure to inspect your plant for pests before bringing it back inside for the colder months. Fertilize monthly, mist occasionally and allow the soil to dry completely between waterings.  

Snake Plant

Want to improve the air quality in your flat? Get a snake plant! This highly adaptable plant can survive in various degrees of light but needs to be fed with an all purpose plant food occasionally in warmer months. Fun fact: the snake plant is sometimes called mother-in-law's tongue.

English Ivy

One of the most common indoor plants, English ivy, needs a little love and care to truly flourish. Be careful not to over water but you can mist occasionally in order to increase humidity. Be sure to keep a watchful eye out for spider mites, aphids or mealybugs. English ivy is known to be a good air purifying plant in homes.