I usually approach fall cleaning by moving from room to room. But this year I created a fall cleaning checklist to tackle “like jobs” together, where possible. Pick one type of task, gather all supplies and do it throughout the house. If fall cleaning is one of those jobs you hate, get creative and recruit help.
And check out our cleaning hacks post for simple cleaning ideas that will shock and amaze.
The Only Fall Cleaning Checklist You’ll Ever Need
Inside Your House
Click on the links for tips and tricks for various cleaning tasks!
Vacuum the carpets
Book professional carpet cleaners or steam clean yourself if needed
Wash all floors
Empty and clean all garbage cans
Wash all windows
Vacuum and wash window tracks (use a q-tip dipped in vinegar)
Vacuum blinds with a brush attachment or wipe down if vinyl
Lights and fans
Replace light bulbs as needed
Vacuum or wipe down light fixtures
Clean exhaust fans
Spot clean or use leather cleaner, according to manufacturer’s instructions
Sinks and counters
Clear all counters to do a deep clean (an old toothbrush works well for the edges)
Vacuum under beds
Strip beds, flip mattresses
Launder or clean all bedding
Remove winter clothes from storage
Change furnace filter if needed – keep a few extra filters on hand to make this an easy task throughout the year
Test carbon monoxide detector
Check smoke alarm
Schedule fall furnace inspection before the chill ensues
Outside Your House
Do a walk about with a clipboard and make note of what needs to be tackled. Plan a weekend fall clean-a-thon and keep this fall cleaning checklist at hand.
Windows and Doors
Inspect caulking and re-caulk if necessary
Wash outside of windows and doors
Clean and store patio furniture, sports equipment and outdoor toys
Sweep out garage
Rinse and scrub garbage cans and recycling bins (better now, than in December!)
Inspect weather stripping and replace if needed
Drain garden hoses and store well. Turn off outside water faucets
Inspect gutters and clear out leaves and twigs
Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned if necessary.
Implementing a fall cleaning checklist will leave you with a feeling of accomplishment, and a calm to enter the holiday season. And once the deep cleaning is complete, you can focus on small details (that are much more fun). Like, perhaps this fall welcome?
What would you add to this fall cleaning checklist?