Spring cleaning is an age-old pastime, but fall cleaning is just as important, as it readies your home and family for a busy season of school routines and holiday hosting. Here’s a handy fall cleaning checklist to get you started:
Clean the walls. A good deep cleaning tip to remember: clean your house from top to bottom. Start with ceilings and walls, then move to windows, then baseboards and floors.
Wash the windows. You can use Windex + paper towels, or go natural with hot water + vinegar + a microfiber cloth.
Vacuum window treatments and upholstered furniture. Break out that brush attachment! And while you’re at it: vacuum ceiling light fixtures, then pull out your refrigerator and vacuum the coil, too.
Clean carpets and wood floors. Rent a Rug Doctor, or call a carpet cleaning or refinishing service if you’ve got stains or scuffs that your regular sweeping/vacuuming/mopping routine can’t handle.
Organize kitchen cabinets and pantry. Wipe down all kitchen shelves.
Launder all bedding. Flip and/or rotate mattresses from end-to-end to mitigate wear.
Clean out closets. Have bags at the ready labeled “Keep,” “Sell,” and “Donate.” Take the opportunity to tackle the attic, too!
Sweep the chimneys. Prepare for a season of cozy fires by having your wood-burning fireplace, flues, and chimney professionally cleaned.
Tend To The Outside. Clean and store patio furniture as well as children’s summer toys (see you next year, sandbox and kiddie pool!). Inspect all windows and external doors and re-caulk or install weather-stripping if necessary. Clear gutters of debris.
Final pro tip: While you’re cleaning, wear your Smartphone Pocket to keep your phone safe, secure, and close at hand.
What’s on your fall cleaning checklist?