The weather may say otherwise, but according to the ‘ol calendar it is officially Fall folks. And when I think of Fall, I think about football games, sweater weather (please!!), pumpkins, and cleaning.
Ok…maybe I made up that last one, but why should Spring get all the deep cleaning glory? I say that from now on you and I commit to making Fall Cleaning a thing! Go Fall!!
Now that we have that out of the way…let’s talk about what needs to be on our now-equally-as-important Fall Cleaning list.
Here are a few rooms and items to tackle:
Bathroom – Time to go through all of those old blankets, towels and linens. Throw away any old, tattered, stained items that are not being used! The same goes with everything under and in the cabinets. Throw away the expired prescriptions, sunscreen, and hair products. When in doubt, toss it out!
Closets – Ok, seriously….when’s the last time you wore that big white sweater over there? And those skinny jeans? They are just taunting you. Look around your closet and take inventory. Any item you haven’t worn in the last year needs to go. Go ahead and swap out your seasonal clothes while you are in there. Move the summer gear to the back or better yet grab a few vacuum sealed bags to store some of those items up and away on a top shelf!
Kitchen – This is the busiest room in the house and will need some extra time and extra Fall Cleaning TLC. Be sure to clean your refrigerator coils. The best way to do this is to pull out the refrigerator, unplug it and gently vacuum the coils and the screens. Be sure to get those clear of all the accumulated dust and debris. Next go through all of your dishes, utensils and plastic ware. Donate or throw away everything that is stained, missing lids, or just not being used. Once you are finished with this, head on to the pantry to organize and toss out any expired spices and other old items.
Garage – Since the squelching heat of summer is gone, this is a great time to dive in to any major garage cleaning tasks. Start with tossing out old paint and chemicals (be sure to follow proper disposal procedures for your area!). Any bikes or ride on toys your little ones have outgrown can head to the local donation center. And if you are feeling a little “extra”, go ahead and toss out those random pieces/parts you have in the tool kit. If you don’t know where it goes or what it does…toss it! Summer toys and pool floats can be stored in bins or in the attic until next year.
Outside – Don’t forget the outside of your home. This is a good time to give your patio furniture a thorough cleaning. Go ahead and clean your grill as well. Walk your home and see if you need to clean the outside of your windows and be sure to check the gutters. They don’t call it Fall for nothing. Before too long those gutters may be full of twigs and leaves. Be sure everything is cleared for proper draining.
Note: Many sanitation departments have certain regulations when it comes to disposing of household items and medication. Be sure to know before your throw! Additionally, check with your local animal shelter to see if they can use your old towels and sheets.
If this seems overwhelming make yourself a list! Check back here soon when we provide several Fall Cleaning cheat sheets to help you stay on task.
If you need any extra hands, give your local Two Maids & A Mop a call. We’d love to come help with your Fall Cleaning!