Like its springtime cousin, fall cleaning provides many benefits to you and your home. Taking the time to give your home a thorough cleaning following the carefree — and pollen-filled — days of summer will help create a healthy living environment, prevent seasonal sickness, and prepare your home for the upcoming winter. Plus, fall cleaning is a perfect time to perform vital home maintenance that can help you save money and preserve the value of your home long term.
Here is our fall cleaning checklist to ensure your home is in tip-top shape both inside and outcome wintertime.
Fall Cleaning Checklist: Tasks for Cleaning Up Inside
- Dust everywhere – No doubt, dust, dirt, and grime have accumulated everywhere in your home in recent months. If you don’t take care of it now, it is sure to cause unnecessary irritation and frustration come wintertime. Tackle one room at a time, dusting surfaces, walls, ceilings, baseboards, floors, fixtures, and ceiling fans. Don’t forget to give rugs and carpets a thorough vacuuming, too.
- Deep clean your kitchen – The kitchen becomes a focal point of every home around the holidays. Prepare for the extra time and attention spent in the kitchen by treating it to a deep clean during your fall cleaning. Clean out all your appliances and organize cabinets and drawers so you can easily find utensils and supplies you need to prepare for the holidays.
- Inspect and sweep chimneys and fireplaces – There’s nothing cozier than a warm fire to keep the winter chill away. But before you plan your yearly yule log for the holidays, take time during your fall cleaning to inspect and clean your chimney and fireplace. You want to get rid of any creosote and soot build-up to protect yourself and your home from accidental fires. If you have a gas fireplace, be sure to have it properly inspected and cleaned so it’s safe to use come winter.
- Don’t forget the windows – Before the chilly winter weather comes, take time to wash your windows inside and out, and install storm windows to better insulate for the colder temperatures.
- Change smoke detector batteries and replace HVAC filters – Fall also is the perfect time to check and replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is an essential chore to protect yourself and your family. Additionally, install new HVAC filters to improve the air quality in your home and limit strain on your heating system.
- Sort your closet and wardrobe – Go through your closets and set aside any clothing items you no longer want or need for donating or selling. Now also is the time to swap out your warm-weather attire for winter wear that has been packed away or hidden deeper in your closet. While you’re sorting, check for any hidden pests that might cause damage to your clothing and vacuum them up.
Fall Cleaning Checklist: Don’t Forget These Outdoor Tasks
Fall cleaning isn’t just an indoor activity. As you prepare the interior of your home for the coming months, don’t forget to perform some important maintenance on the exterior of your house, as well.
- Clean gutters and drains – Leaves, pine straw, and other debris can easily clog your gutters and cause mildew and moisture issues, resulting in rotted wood and roof leaks. Avoid these costly problems by cleaning your gutters, downspouts, and drains.
- Inspect your home’s exterior for damage – Inspect the exterior of your home and take note of any leaks or damage that should be repaired before winter. Also check your roof for loose shingles, leaks, or cracks. Look for any windows or doors with broken seals and replace damaged caulk to improve energy efficiency.
- Call pest control – When winter comes, critters of all shapes and sizes will seek refuge from the cooler temperatures. Be sure to schedule a pest control expert to protect your home from these unwanted winter visitors.
From Fall Cleaning to Self-Storage
After you finish your fall cleaning, you may find you need additional space to store your out-of-season supplies, furniture, and other belongings. If you don’t have extra space in your home, a self-storage unit makes sense to store your warm-weather clothing, supplies, and furnishings. Find Storage West locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas.