Spring cleaning gets all the glory, but we’re big believers in round-year decluttering and organization. As the weather changes, it’s important to properly prepare your home for the new season. Plus, fall is the perfect time to properly prepare your home for decorating and hosting guests and holiday festivities.
- Put any seasonal bedding and linens on bed.
- Dust blinds and ceiling fans.
- Purge your closet/Switch seasonal clothes. Fall is the perfect time to evaluate your summer AND winter wardrobe and/or rotate seasonal clothing. If you live in a smaller home or condo unit, create more space in your closet by packing up your summer and spring clothes. Vacuum seal storage bags are perfect for under-the-bed storage. We have an entire blog post dedicated to closet organization. You can read that here.
- Flip your mattresses.
- Audit your pantry (including your spices!). Toss expired goods and donate items you know you won’t use and create this week’s meal plan around what you will use.
- Evaluate your cookware and appliances. Did you toss a few baking pans last year or realize mid baking, that you need a new hand mixer? Make sure you have exactly what you need to prepare this season’s delicious meals.
- Clean your oven. This way, you’ll avoid that curious burning smell when you have guests.
- Audit your food storage situation. Do you have more lids than actual food storage containers? You’re definitely NOT alone. Take some time to match up lids and containers, toss any mismatches and stock up on a few new storage containers, so you’re prepared for post-party cleanup and leftover nights.
- Clean the fridge. Empty your fridge out completely, wipe down the walls, drawers, and syrup-filled books and crannies. Toss any expired items, and re-organize it using this handy little guide we created a few months ago.
- Clean grout, if applicable.
- Stock up on amenities. Sure, most guests may bring their own shampoo and conditioner, but we always think it’s a nice touch to have some toothpaste, an extra blow dryer, and fresh soap on hand for guests. This blog post on preparing your guest bathroom for the holidays is a must-read if you’re hosting guests this holiday season.
- Seasonal towels. Small details like decorative hand towels help spread holiday cheer throughout every room in your home. We love local boutiques or discount stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s for affordable and adorable seasonal hand towels and holiday-scented soaps.
- Evaluate guest bath towels. If you haven’t hosted guests in a while, you might want to make sure your extra towels are in good enough condition for your guests (you want them to be stain-free and not fraying at the edges). If they haven’t been washed in a while, now’s a good time to do so.
- Clean grout. That goes for your tub tile and your floors.
- Check smoke detector batteries.
- Wash and disinfect your garbage cans.
- Vacuum under beds and other furniture (including area rugs).
- Condition leather furniture.
- Clean the chimney or have it checked.
- Check your air filters.
- Clear out the gutters.
- Swap out your welcome mat.
- Lay down fresh mulch.
- Audit holiday decor. For many households, decorating for the holidays is a fun family event, complete with festive music, hot cocoa and your favorite holiday movie on in the background. The last thing you want is to realize, mid cocoa-mixing, that your light strings don’t work or your favorite inflatable has a hole in it. Before you get to the fun part of decorating, take an hour or two to evaluate what you have and purchase what you may be missing.
Even if you only tackle half this list, you’ll be ahead of the came come spring time. We’d love to know: what’s on YOUR fall cleaning checklist? Anything we missed?
And of course, if you’d like a helping hand while you tackle your closet, kitchen or closet organization projects, you can hire our team in just a few clicks with our convenient and affordable online packages.