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Fall Cleaning Checklist by Lorena the Clean Queen

September 14, 2023

Hello, everyone! It’s Lorena, your Clean Queen, and as the leaves start to change and the air gets crisp, it’s time to prepare your home for the cozy and colorful season of fall. To help you transition smoothly, I’ve created a comprehensive fall cleaning checklist. Join me as I guide you through the essential tasks to make your home warm, welcoming, and ready for autumn.

1. Declutter and Donate:

Begin by decluttering your home, room by room. Donate or discard items you no longer need. As the seasons change, it’s a perfect time to simplify and make space for new experiences.

2. Deep Clean Windows:

Clean your windows inside and out to maximize the natural light during shorter days. Fall sunshine can be beautiful, so you’ll want your windows to be crystal clear.

3. HVAC System Maintenance:

Get your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system serviced. Replace air filters to ensure efficient operation throughout the colder months.

4. Check and Clean Gutters:

Clear leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and water damage as fall leaves fall and winter approaches.

5. Prepare the Fireplace:

If you have a fireplace, clean it and schedule an inspection to ensure it’s safe for use during the colder months. Stock up on firewood if you use a wood-burning fireplace.

6. Deep Clean Carpets and Rugs:

Vacuum and deep clean carpets and area rugs to remove summer’s dust and dirt. A fresh and clean floor sets a cozy tone for the season.

7. Dust and Clean Light Fixtures:

Dust and clean light fixtures and ceiling fans. As you’ll be spending more time indoors, well-lit and clean spaces are essential.

8. Switch Out Bedding:

Swap out lightweight summer bedding for warmer, cozier options. Consider adding extra blankets for those chilly fall nights.

9. Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture:

Clean and store outdoor furniture and cushions. Protect them from the elements to ensure they stay in good condition for next year.

10. Inspect and Clean Chimney:

If you have a chimney, schedule a chimney sweep to remove creosote buildup. Ensure it’s safe for use when you’re ready for cozy fires.

11. Deep Clean the Kitchen:

Give your kitchen a thorough cleaning, including appliances, cabinets, and countertops. Fall baking and cooking are delightful, so a clean kitchen is a must.

12. Outdoor Maintenance:

Rake and bag leaves, and keep walkways and driveways clear. Prune shrubs and trees to prevent overgrowth during fall.

13. Update Seasonal Decor:

Decorate your home with fall-themed decor, such as pumpkins, gourds, and autumn wreaths. It adds a touch of warmth and charm to your space.

14. Store Summer Gear:

Clean and store summer gear, such as gardening tools and outdoor toys. Make space for fall equipment like rakes and leaf blowers.

Fall is a season of change and transition, and a clean and organized home helps you embrace its beauty and warmth. Approach your fall cleaning checklist with enthusiasm, knowing that a well-maintained home provides comfort and coziness during the autumn months.

If you have any questions or need specific cleaning tips for the fall season, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Until next time, stay inspired and enjoy the wonders of fall in your freshly cleaned and welcoming home!