Well, one more summer has come to an end, and a wonderful Fall seems to be just around the corner. I love the crisp, cool weather. I love being able to pull out my Fall wardrobe – chucking the flip flops for my socks and booties. There are only a few issues with Fall that I dread… ragweed pollen and Fall cleaning. My goal each year is to complete each item on my Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist Printable before the ragweed pollen season ends. (My sinuses let me know if I have succeeded) 😉
Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist Printable…
If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably remember my post on Spring Cleaning. Well, this year I have decided to share with you some of the overlooked areas of a home, and guess what? I made a nice, (not so) little, printable to go along with this post. There are exactly 100 Fall cleaning items in my checklist. In addition, you will find space to tack on any customized cleaning tasks that you need to add. I will be placing it in my Printables’ Gallery with the rest of the free printables’ collection.
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But, back to our overlooked areas. I have always used the change of seasons as a time to clean my windows. With the Fall season, there is a little bit more for some windows than there is for others. For example, you may need to take down your window screens and store those away. You might also want to use this time to install storm windows. All of these are definitely Fall cleaning items, and I have included them in the checklist, amongst other things.
Bedding is also an important item. We all need to flip or rotate our beds at least twice a year. In addition, there are several other cleaning must do’s to properly maintain your bedding and mattresses. I talked about them just a few weeks ago, but to make it convenient, they have also been included in the Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist Printable.
While you are busy cleaning everything, don’t forget to do a good maintenance clean on your washing machine. In addition to your weekly and monthly washing machine cleaning, you should add a bi-annual deep cleaning to really treat and prevent any build up. If you are not sure what all a deep clean includes, you can find a description here in this post.
In addition to the homes interior, there are a lot of exterior stuff that really needs to get done before Winter hits. A few things that you may have not considered are winterizing your outdoor sinks (if you have one) and cleaning your outdoor lighting fixtures. These outdoor sinks take just a bit more than turning off the water supply lines. You can read a full description of how to winterize your outdoor sink here.
While you are outside, it is a good idea to get your exterior lighting in tip top shape. You will need it much more during the Fall and Winter than you did during the summer months. Blown bulbs should be replaced and the glass globes should be cleaned to allow the light to disperse properly.
Keeping an organized closet and organized drawers just requires a bit of maintenance a few times a year (once you get your initial organizing done). Fall and Spring are the perfect time to tidy up these areas to make sure that they maintain the structure that you worked so hard to achieve. Use this time of the year to weed out clothes that have gone to closet heaven (i.e. anything that is so worn it can’t be salvaged). Move your Summer clothes into storage and bring out the cool weather duds. If you haven’t had a chance to do your initial closet/drawer overhaul, I have some great tips for making your space work for you.
This is just a few of the many items included in my Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist Printable. Just a word of warning, this checklist covers a lot of areas of the home. You will likely not be able to complete everything in one day, or even in one weekend. I just start going through it around this time of the year, eliminate anything that I don’t need to do, and then gradually work my way through everything that is left. FYI – I use my handy highlighter to assign some items to the kiddos. 😉
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