The days are getting shorter, leaves are changing color, and the familiar crisp, cold air can only mean one thing, fall is here. My summers are always filled with fun activities and vacations that leave the house disorganized and a little neglected. Somehow summer always finds a way for me to make excuses to put off the tedious job of dusting light bulbs or changing filters. Cleaning and preparing the house before winter’s nasty weather blows in has to be done, and fall is the perfect season to do it while the weather is still nice. Knowing what to do and having a list to go off of can help you get it done and get it done right.
Outside the House
Winter brings unpredictable weather. If you live in a city where it snows, this means preparing your house before it is too late. There are a few things you should check or keep up on the maintenance every year so you aren’t paying extra with high utility bills. Always check all your doors to ensure they are sealed correctly and efficiently. Weather-strips work wonders for keeping cold air from creaking through small cracks around doors. Caulking windows and vents will also keep out unwanted air. Pressure-wash the driveway and scrub the windows, before it is too cold for you to use the hose.
- Bring outside furniture in
- Scrub the windows
- Pressure-wash the driveway
- Change the oil in the lawnmower
- Drain garden hoses and wrap them up for storage
- Clean outside vents
- Caulk Windows
- Weather-strip doors
- Repaint any worn or chipped areas
- Clean and maintain gutters
- Have the chimneys inspected and cleaned if necessary
- Clean out garage
- Prepare garden and trim plants
Inside the House
Many people think of spring as the one time you deep clean your house, but fall is the perfect time to do those odd jobs again or several extra ones before it gets cold. The one thing you will find repeated on my list is dusting, so grab out your rag and gets ready to dust, dust, and dust some more. Dust the top of your kitchen cabinets, the doors, and refrigerator, behind the oven and laundry machines, light bulbs, light fixtures, vents, and blinds. Scrub the walls, doors, cabinets, and knobs. With the help of a friend or family member, you should be able to finish cleaning from the top of the closet to under the stove in just two or three days.
- Vacuum under large pieces of furniture
- Dust light bulbs
- Clean light fixtures and door knobs
- Organize pantry
- Replace vacuum filter
- Clean behind washer and dryer
- Check heating system and change filters
- Scrub walls and dust trim
- Rotate mattress
- Wash curtains
- Dust blinds
- Replace shower curtain
- Polish silverware
- Dust above doors
- Scrub under the oven
- Wash above, under, and behind refrigerator
- Oil, dust, and shine furniture
- Wipe down switches
- Preparing your Home for the Winter Heating Season – Getting your heating systems prepared before winter can save you hundreds of dollars over the season and sometimes even hundreds in a month. Read about changing system filters, sealing leaks, insulating, cleaning systems, and checking chimneys.
- Fall Cleaning Checklist – This handy checklist makes it easy to read through fall chores and place a check mark next to each completed job. For a basic list this is a great one to get started.
- Quick Fall Cleaning Outdoor List – Read over these chores that won’t take you very long to complete. Rake the leaves, pressure wash the driveway, fertilize the yard, and aerate your grass so it will look great for next spring.
- Checklist for Outside and Inside the House – There are things to do both outside and inside the house and this article goes over several chores you can knock out to make your winter warmer and more comfortable.
- Basic Fall Cleaning – With great tips and a chore list, you can complete these chores in just two or three days before the cold freezes your home.
- Winter Preparing – The weather can be unpredictable, but by following this short checklist you can get your house ready to take on the wind and freezing nights.
- Clean the Gutters – Fall is the most popular time to clean out those gutters with the constant leaves blowing into them. This article offers several great tips for maintaining your gutters and keeping them clean.
- Tips for Cleaning Windows – Outside windows can be a challenge to clean with high and awkward spots to reach. Read some great advice to get your windows sparkling again and even some recipes for homemade window cleaner.
- Replacing Vacuum Filters – Most people forget about changing their vacuum filters, but it will help you breathe better throughout the winter and keep your carpets a lot cleaner.
- Rotating Chores – Cleaning can get overwhelming fast, but rotating chores throughout the year can make it easy to keep up on your home and have the big and little things always maintained. This article offers great advice on tackling jobs and what chores to do in the fall.
- Make your own Cleaning Products – While you are busy scrubbing everything, try out some recipes to make your own cleaning products and save a few dollars. This post has a recipe for glass cleaner, drain opener, and basic household cleaner.
- Fall Home Repairs – Winter can quickly approach and it can be tempting to put off some home repairs until the spring. Don’t make the mistake of costing yourself hundreds from neglecting critical repairs. Read about the eight things you need to do before winter hits.