With Thanksgiving, the festive season, and flu season all rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to get on top of your home cleaning activities. After all, a clean home is a happy home, and our ultimate fall cleaning checklist will help you regain control for the end of 2019 and into 2020.
General Fall Cleaning Tips
Prior to actually cleaning the home, this is a great time to declutter by getting rid of old and unused items. You could sell the items, donate to charity, or recycle. Either way, decluttering the property is sure to make it easier to clean while also making room for the new products that will inevitably be purchased over the coming months.
Of course, it’s important to ensure that you have the right cleaning materials and check the health of all appliances ahead of starting this big fall clean. Otherwise, you could be faced with a bigger job than when you started.
Your relationship with the property isn’t restricted to what’s inside the four walls. It’s equally crucial to consider the yard and other external elements. Even if you do not place to use the outside spaces as frequently, their influence on the aesthetic of the property, as well as the function of the home, cannot be ignored.
The following steps should be taken to prepare the external features for the winter months;
- Clear all gutters and ensure that they are not at risk of further foliage blockages.
- Sweep leaves from the backyard as well as any front yard pathways.
- Scrub off any shade paint.
- Tidy borders and take the necessary steps to prevent intrusions from critters and pests.
The Living Room
The lounge and living spaces are of particular importance during the winter months as you’ll be spending even more time indoors thanks to the poor weather. Unfortunately, an unclean living area will allow germs to spread, which will increase the threat of illness. It’ll also reduce the air quality, impact the smell, and reduce your enjoyment of the space.
There are many things you can do to complete a fall clean of the lounge. These tricks are essential;
- Clean the ceiling fan blades.
- Clean the lighting fixtures.
- Replace A/C filters.
- Wipe down all doorknobs, switches, etc.
- Wipe down shelves and windowsills.
- Vacuum or clean drapes.
- Wash all blankets and textiles.
- Clean under the rugs and sofa.
A dirty bedroom will lead to significant issues as you will be breathing in the air for several hours each night, during the evening hours when air quality might be lower to start with. Now is the time to give each bedroom a thorough clean to prevent the various issues from surfacing. Do it now, and it’ll be far easier to stay on top of the situation for the long haul.
The following steps should keep your bedrooms in perfect condition heading into the winter months;
- Rotate or flip the mattress (if possible).
- Clean under the bed frame and behind furniture.
- Clean doorknobs and cupboard handles.
- Wipe down windowsills.
- Dust the blinds or clean the drapes.
- Clean under any rugs.
- Clean all bedding and linen.
The bathroom is where you go to get clean each day. Naturally, then, if this part of the home is dirty, you will be destined to cause problems throughout the entire property. Besides, there’s nothing worse than feeling unclean within seconds of leaving the bathroom. Now is the time to make the preparations that will serve you all winter long.
Follow these steps and you won’t go wrong;
- Deep clean the shower head and faucet taps.
- Scrub the shower glass clean.
- Clean the tile grouting .
- Clean your hairbrushes, combs, etc.
- Change your toothbrushes / brush heads.
- Wash the shower curtain.
- Clean windowsills.
- Wipe door handle and cupboard handles.
The kitchen is another room that needs to stay clean due to the amount of food preparation that takes place in this area. Consuming contaminated food will harm your defense systems and immunity too. Therefore, this is arguably the most important space for completing a thorough fall clean as ignoring it could make you very sick.
Here’s how to clean your kitchen in style;
- Deep clean the oven overnight using an overnight solution.
- Clean the vent hood.
- Clean out the refrigerator and defrost the freezer.
- Dust and clean the coils.
- Clean underneath the fridge.
- Clean inside all food cupboards and cleaning cupboards.
- Discard outdated foods.
- Replace all cleaning materials.
The Final Word
There’s a lot of work to do but, whether you take the DIY approach or call a pro, getting your home clean for the fall and winter seasons is essential. When you do, a happier home life is assured.