There's always something to do around the cottage. This year, get ahead so you are not scrambling when it's time to close up! Cottage Life said, "Cottages are magical places where needed items seem to disappear (has anyone seen the barbecue tongs?), while unwanted ones accumulate (hello, every back issue of Us Weekly ever)." They are so right! Each item you discard now is one you won't have to worry about next spring. Pest proofing and crime proofing are always a good idea, along with checking your roof before the winter. Last, tidy up the yard before the temperatures start to drop!