A lot of people do a big Spring Cleaning once a year but I prefer to do several specialized cleanings throughout the year. Once the kids have gone back to school and before the craziness of the holidays start I like to do a good Fall Cleaning and Maintenance of my home. I feel good knowing the house is clean and maintained before the weather turns cold and holiday guests start arriving. Plus I have more time to enjoy the season and spend time with my family once the house is in order.
I have a printable checklist available for you at the bottom of this post.
Let’s start with the interior of the house:
-Wash all of the windows
-Vacuum blinds or dust with a microfiber cloth
-Clean and launder window coverings. Sometimes I also change them to a heavier fabric
-Wash walls with vinegar and water
-Clean ceiling fans and lights. Replace any blown light bulbs
-Vacuum and spot clean upholstered furniture and decorative pillows
-Clean carpets. Rent a machine or hire a professional
-Clean and reseal wood floors if needed
-Dust or vacuum the coils on the back of the refrigerator
-Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a good time to replace the batteries
-Replace furnace filters and vacuum vents
-Inspect and clean chimney. Hire a professional if needed
-Clean out storage area. You’ve probably dumped things in there throughout the Summer, now is a good time to clean it out
Now the exterior of the house:
-Check and clean gutters and down spouts. We’ve had to clean birds nests and leaves out of ours. Check for holes too
-Check weather stripping around doors and windows
-Check exterior door thresholds. Raise the threshold to prevent warm air from escaping and cool air from entering
-Check garage door seal. Add an extra piece if needed
-Clean and cover patio furniture and store cushions
-Drain and store garden hoses or at least remove them from the house faucet and drain
-Wash all outside windows
-Check exterior paint on house, trim, railings, and deck. Repaint any needed areas
-Clean and cover grill and any large outdoor items
You could do all of the interior chores one weekend and the exterior the next. I’m doing my house the next 2 weeks so I can have it all done before October.
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