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3. Edit your beach treasures and store them safely. Beachcombing is a wonderful summer pastime, and the treasures you collect can become meaningful mementos of your travels. When you are done displaying your shells, beach glass and driftwood, give everything a once-over to remove broken bits and pieces, then store it all in a hard container with a lid to protect the delicate contents from breakage. If your collection has gotten too large, consider giving a bundle of treasures to a friend who you know would appreciate it.
6. Clean the grill before barbecue season ends. It's true, there is still some prime grilling weather ahead of us, but that barbecue probably got a lot of use this summer, and it's time for a little deep cleaning. We all know how to clean the top of the grate with a wire brush, but Lifehacker has a great video tutorial showing how to clean all the parts of a grill.
7. Inspect outdoor and sports equipment for damage before storing. Outdoor adventures like camping, fishing and hiking rely on your gear's staying in good shape. Carefully look over each item and fix minor problems as you come across them. Clean out coolers, air out tents and sleeping bags, and sort sports gear before neatly packing it away.
9. Switch up summer bedding (and clothes). When you feel the first chill in the air on a crisp morning, that is a good sign it's time to swap light blankets for thicker quilts and duvets. Launder your lightweight coverlets before storing them in an out-of-the-way spot. While you're at it, pull those summer clothes out of rotation to make room for the cozy sweaters and boots of autumn.