As September begins, the warmth of summer starts to fade away, and we begin to feel the cool winds blowing on our faces and touching our skin. This marks the transition from summer to fall. With the changing leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything, autumn brings with it an opportunity to clean our homes and prepare them for the colder months ahead. Having a fall cleaning checklist helps you to do this in a systematic way, so that it is achievable and not overwhelming, helping you make your living space clean, cozy, and inviting throughout the cold seasons.
- Windows and Doors
As the fall season starts, the first thing you need to check is your windows and doors. It is important to ensure that there are no cracks and gaps that might let the cold air in and the warm air escape. Install weatherstripping and apply caulk where necessary. It will also be good to clean your window panes to maintain a clear view and allow as much as natural light in.
- HVAC Systems
Having your HVAC system checked is also a must-do before the chilly weather sets it. Get someone to inspect your system, making sure it is working completely. Also, clean your filters and change them for optimal air quality and efficiency. With a well-maintained HVAC system, you will be able to not only keep your home cozy but also save on energy bills.
- Gutters and Downspouts
Prevent clogging and potential water damage during the colder and wetter months. In autumn, falling leaves usually find their way into your gutters. Clean out the leaves as well as any debris that might have gathered over the summer. Doing this ensures that rainwater can flow freely, preventing eventual water damage.
- Fireplace and Chimney
Prepare your fireplace by hiring a professional chimney sweep to remove any built-up creosote. This makes sure that you will have proper ventilation in your home during the cold season. Make sure to test your fireplace and stock up on firewood for those cozy nights ahead.
- Declutter and Organize
Fall is a good time to declutter your living space. Give away items that you’re not going to use anymore. Having a clean and organized home provides a more peaceful and comfortable space, which is essential especially during the chilly seasons when you spend more time indoors.
- Deep Clean Carpets and Rugs
Summer comes with an increased foot traffic at your home, which means more dirt and grime indoors. Consider hiring a professional to do a deep clean of your rugs and carpets. Freshly cleaned carpets and rugs contribute to a healthier indoor environment, as it is crucial for the cold months ahead.
- Outdoor Furniture and Equipment
As the new season sets in, you will be spending less time outdoors. Clean and store your outdoor furniture, grills, and gardening tools. Cover your patio furniture to protect them from elements. This will help prolong the life of your outdoor items and be ready for use next year.
- Kitchen and Pantry
The holiday season is approaching, and with it comes a lot of cooking and gatherings. Prepare your pantry by cleaning it. Remove expired items and donate non-perishable foods that you won’t be using to local food banks. A well-organized pantry provides peace knowing that you are ready for the busy cooking days ahead.
- Winter Wardrobe Preparation
As the season makes a transition, so is our wardrobe. Take the opportunity to go through your clothes and declutter. Donate those clothing that you no longer wear and prepare your wardrobe with pieces for the cold season. Store your summer garments properly, so they will still be in good condition for next year.
- Outdoor Maintenance
Before the frost sets in, tend to your garden and remove any dead or overgrown plants. Plant fall flowers to add a pop of color and protect delicate plants by covering them. For your outdoor spaces like your patio, sweep up dust and debris that might have been lingering on the floor all summer. You might also want to try to decorate it with some fall decorations, so it will be all set and ready to take in the gorgeous autumn scene.
Investing time and effort in fall cleaning helps you set the stage for a cozy and enjoyable season. As you sip a hot drink, play your favorite autumn playlist, and watch the leaves change colors outside your freshly cleaned windows, you will appreciate the effort you put in cleaning and organizing your home.
As you go through your cleaning checklist, remember to prioritize safety. Use the proper equipment and consider hiring professionals for harder tasks or for when you don’t have the time. We, at Clean On, are here to help get your home professionally cleaned and ready for the new season. Feel free to reach out for inquiries.