Fall cleaning is much like spring-cleaning, you get the house clean and clear. With fall cleaning, you are prepping the house, inside and out, for winter. Depending on where you live, winter prep can look very different. Alaska gets much more snow coverage than somewhere further south, and a house may need different preparation than an apartment. Take a look at our fall-cleaning list:
-Spices & seasoning- Pull all jars out and wipe down the cabinet, check expiration dates and make new purchases so you are prepped for holiday cooking.
-Freezer- This area of the kitchen can often become a black hole. Take everything out, clean and make note of what you need to use in recipes.
-Summer clothes- As you store summer items, take note of what you actually wore. Did you wear all your summer flip flops & wedges? Which swim suits could be retired?
-Magazines & books- Recycle old magazines and donate books, make room on your shelves for any you may receive as gifts during the holidays.
-Throw blankets- Throw blankets get used & re-used, refresh them before the holiday season when family may be visiting.
-Bathroom product purge- Bathrooms tend to make up a collection of un-used or empty cosmetics bottles. Take some time to throw out the clutter (and make room for new!).
-Have the HVAC serviced- Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to a cold night mid-winter if your HVAC needs updating.
-Change air filters- This one is easy, buy yourself some good filters for the winter.
-Insulate exposed water pipes- this is more necessary in colder climates, but can keep pipes from bursting.
-Dust everything- Take a trip around the house and wipe it all down.
-Tidy your desk or junk drawer- If you send out a holiday card or letter, you will want the clean space to get everything together.
-Prep the kitchen for seasonal cooking- Do a deep clean, or move things off your counters to make room for the extra food.
-Vacuum thoroughly, including curtains & upholstery- Its good to do this especially when the season is turning.
-Locate winter outdoor tools- Snow blower, shovel, etc. Make sure you know where they are and are ready to use before the first winter storm.
-Mow one last time-Set the mower to a low setting, so the lawn will drain better during the spring rains.
-Lawn mower- Drain the gas line & oil. Wash and move to storage.
-Hoses- Roll up & store hoses, winterize other outdoor water systems so they don’t freeze and break during the winter cold.
-Roof- Inspect and repair any loose or missing shingles, you want to be warm for the cold winter nights.
-Wash windows- Inside and out, this is a good idea when the season changes.
-Clean gutters and downspouts- Check for proper drainage and rinse with a garden hose.
-Garage- Remove cob webs and clean out old toys or unused items.
-Sweep & spruce front porch & door.
-Check the tread on tires- Be prepared for winter weather.
-Prune trees and shrubs- Fallen tree branches can suffocate grass and can cause damage in a storm. Fallen debris can also create a home for bugs and pests to settle.
-Protect the deck- Wash and seal the deck, this prevents mold and mildew.
-Clean tools & store properly- This helps prevent rust and keep tools fresh for the next season.