The summer is gone and though we might miss those days of leisure it is time to suit up and prepare for your ultimate fall cleaning and clearing. Even more than spring, fall is the perfect time for action. Firstly, we are energized from summer, and secondly we have to prepare for the season coming – winter. Take a couple of days to scrape the whole place from top to bottom and reorganize your living space from accommodating water sprinkler fun to spending long evenings in blankets and hot beverages. Follow our ultimate fall cleaning checklist to do the whole process more efficiently but also thoroughly enough.
Start from outside
As the days get shorter and colder, it seems wiser to start with your yard. Hose down all of your garden furniture, tools and toys, and store them properly if they aren’t going to be used in the following months. Check on your shovels and ice melt so that you aren’t caught unprepared.
When you have the yard cleared out, tend to the lawn and your plants. Reek the leaves but also check on the health of your plants and remove dead branches. This will help you more next spring as you will have less clearing out to do.
Afterwards go through on your drains, gutters, chimney and all other places which can give you a headache when it actually gets cold. Water is a particularly problematic element in the whole story, so inspect the pipeline outside so there are no leaks and possible freezing in the winter time. Hose link tools can help you in cleaning your drains and gutters
Inspect your walls for gaps, both to keep warmth inside and to keep wild animals outside. Cover all the gaps with proper sealant and you will be both safe and warm in the following winter.
Fun tip: reeked leaves make great trampolines, though not as bouncy (might double your reeking time but would make up for all the work)
It’s kitchen time
After tackling with the issues outside, regroup and continue the work inside. Kitchen is best dealt first as it will require more of your time and effort. After doing the regular washing up, clean your cupboards and check all of the supplies in them. You probably don’t need all of them, so dispose of some.
Now you should focus on the larger appliances like stove and fridge. First, give them a good rubbing outside, and clean their usual spot. After that, clean them inside but also clear out your fridge. Check the supplies in the fridge and freezer and clean each thoroughly. Also don’t forget about the exhaust hood, clean it and its filter.
If there is enough time, try to reorganize your kitchen supplies and tools.
Move on to other rooms
After tackling the kitchen, move on to the rest of the house. You might consider clearing out your shelves and closets, before you do the actual cleaning. Take out your warmer clothes and footwear, while storing your flip-flops and shorts. If you don’t have enough space to place all of those things you won’t use or wear for next half a year or so, try getting some storage.
Now that you have fall and winter wardrobe within reach, and less summer stuff in the way, it’s time to clean. Give all of the windows a shine and deep clean your carpets.
We’ve mentioned the filter in the kitchen exhaust hood, but the same goes for all filters in your house. In order to prepare for the winter, clean your appliances inside and out. Radiators, heaters, dryer… Again don’t forget to vacuum the filters. And, of course, check if all are in working order.
While you’re at it, check the smoke detector and all other appliances that use batteries. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
So, use your fall cleaning to prepare yourself and your home for the coming winter. Rearrange your yard to suit the season but try to have fun doing it. Do a more thorough cleaning, like window washing but also cleaning behind the stove. Use the opportunity to not only take out you ‘fall and winter gear’ but to store your summer things as well so they don’t get in your way. Scrutinize your home so there are no unpleasant surprises in the coming cold. Happy cleaning!