Home & Garden: Make your home smell great this fall

When updating your home each season, most of the emphasis is placed on delighting your sense of sight. Why not spend some time on your homeâ??s fragrance?

To refresh your home this fall, consider these tips:

Start Fresh
With the cooling weather and new beginnings, autumn is an excellent time of year to do a deep clean, just as many do in spring.

Clean your refrigerator, pantries and any other areas that contain food, discarding expired items and wiping down surfaces.

Reduce mold in humid areas of your home with ventilation and dehumidifiers.

Shampoo rugs and take this opportunity to launder seldom-washed linens, like window treatments, dust ruffles and bedspreads.

Dust surfaces, such as your bookshelf, coffee table and knick-knacks.

Add Scents
Add inviting, festive fall fragrances to your home with classic jar and tumbler candles that evoke the fall experience from the comfort of home — whether itâ??s a walk among falling leaves, an afternoon picking berries or a sip of warm cider.

For each room, pick a scent and add candles in a variety of sizes to add a festive feel to the room with both sight and scent. For example, five new fall 2015 fragrances from Yankee Candle are perfect for bringing the outside in, such as Autumn in the Park, which evokes the scent of fresh peeled apple, fallen leaves, lemon zest and a hint of pumpkin, or Sugar & Spice, a swirl of cinnamon, buttery vanilla and sugar crystals. For seasonal decorating inspiration, including festive fall ideas for fragrance and home décor, visit www.YankeeCandle.com.

Set to Bake
You can use fragrance to entice your familyâ??s taste buds too. In fall, itâ??s time to reunite with your oven and slow cooker. Use in-season ingredients and traditional fall herbs and spices to fill your home with delicious and delightful flavors and aromas.

Apple cinnamon crisp and pumpkin pie make for delightful desserts when the weather cools; and warm, inviting stews, soups and chili using autumnâ??s hearty harvest should include vegetables like squash, fennel and beets and spices like cumin and cardamom.

Out with the old, in with the new: when it comes to scents and flavors, take time to refresh your home in fall with all the best that the season has to offer.