There are certainly more exciting things to do in the Fall than clean. Pumpkin patches, holidays, sipping warm apple cider and doing absolutely nothing. But your home and your sanity will thank you this winter if you do some simple Fall cleaning now. A little bit of effort will ensure a more relaxing winter season later on.
Work on the outside:
- Re-painting your house numbers will give your home new life, and all in under 15 minutes. Take a cup of coffee with you and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
- Your garage will need a little upkeep after Summer festivities. Sweep out dust and debris, and stash away all of those summer toys. Get a head start on Winter by creating your own impromptu mud room right in the garage with a new door mat. Also check your Winter essentials (like the snow blower and shovels) so you aren’t scrambling when the first snow falls.
- Start of your seasonal porch decorating by first giving it a good sweep. A hose or pressure washer will make cobwebs and leftover dirt practically disappear. Then grab some pumpkins, and put that clean porch to good use.
- If you’re experienced and have the right tools, make sure your yard is ready for snow by trimming tree branches and bushes. It’s a great way to make your yard look sharp, but it’s also preparing your landscaping for a heavy dose of snow. You can also outsource this task to a professional to save some time.
- Once you’re ready to move the cleaning inside, start with a clean vacuum. Replace old filters, and make sure the canister is clean. Trust us, you’ll be using it a lot.
- Make dust bunnies your enemy. Dust all of those places you’ve been ignoring while you were having fun this Summer. Check light fixtures, ceiling fans, and window treatments for any dust hiding out. Use a dust cloth or your trusty vacuum to make dust disappear.
- It’s been a few months since the coat closest was put to use. Take a peek at what’s been hiding in there and sort through your winter outerwear while you’re at it. Take note of any items you’re missing (hates, gloves, etc.) and make a trip to a thrift store with any items you no longer need.
- Find all of the stray crumbs under cushions and furniture and get rid of it! Pests will start looking for a warm meal once the temperatures start to drop, and you don’t want your house to entice them inside.
- Don’t worry, you’re almost done. Finish up your Fall cleaning by going through the pantry and cupboards. Toss anything that expired, and if you find you have way too much of some items, consider donating them and brightening someone else’s autumn with the gift of a full stomach.