It’s time to carve those pumpkins and set out the hay bales on your doorstep at Havenwood… but before you do, don’t forget that autumn is the perfect time for cleaning the interior and exterior of your home! The change of seasons is always a great reason to evaluate your home and get things ready for the one ahead. To that end, we’ve got a comprehensive checklist to make sure you’re all set for the fall!
First, let’s tackle the interior!
1. Declutter and Organize:
Start by decluttering each room, donating or disposing of items you no longer need.
Organize closets and cabinets to create more space for your winter gear.
2. Deep Clean Floors:
Vacuum carpets and area rugs, and consider getting them professionally cleaned.
Sweep and mop hard floors, paying special attention to corners and baseboards.
3. Dust and Wipe:
Dust all surfaces, including shelves, electronics, and ceiling fans.
Wipe down light fixtures, switches, and doorknobs with a damp cloth.
4. Clean Windows:
Wash windows inside and out for a clearer view of the changing leaves outside.
Check and clean window screens if necessary.
5. Kitchen Maintenance:
Deep clean appliances, including the oven, microwave, and refrigerator.
Empty and clean out the pantry and kitchen cabinets.
6. Bathroom TLC:
Scrub the bathroom tiles, grout, and showerhead.
Replace shower curtains and clean or replace bath mats.
7. Heating System Inspection:
Schedule a professional inspection of your heating system to ensure it’s ready for the colder months.
Next, it’s time to head outside.
1. Yard Cleanup:
Rake leaves, remove debris, and trim overgrown bushes or trees.
Store outdoor furniture or cover it to protect it from the elements.
2. Gutter Maintenance:
Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris to prevent clogs.
Ensure proper drainage away from the house foundation.
3. Exterior Cleaning:
Pressure wash the exterior of your home to remove dirt and mildew.
Check for any peeling paint and touch up as needed.
5. Safety Check:
Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries as needed.
Enjoy the Clean!
Completing this indoor and outdoor fall cleaning checklist will not only make your home more comfortable but also help prevent costly repairs down the line. Plus, it’s an excellent way to embrace the spirit of the season and prepare your home for the holidays ahead. Now that you’re done, all that’s left to do is enjoy the holidays! So, grab your cleaning supplies and get ready to welcome fall into a fresh and inviting home!