Summer is coming to a brisk end, and fall is almost here. Yes – Fall means crisp days, long walks, the changing leaves and the best autumn vegetables. But it also means we’ll be closing up our homes and spending more time inside. Now is the time to clean your home and make it cozy for family time inside. Here are some fall chores to make your home the space you want it to be. You don’t have to do all of these. Pick a couple to get started. Check them off the list as you go, and you’ll see that getting ready for a new season is not so hard.
Wash all your windows. All you need is a bottle of glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Do this on a cloudy day so you can see any streaks.
Clean your window treatments. Dust wooden blinds and use a damp cloth or your microfiber cloth. You can vacuum canvas, cotton or fabric treatments. Use a low setting and an attachment. If your cloth treatments are really dirty, check the cleaning instructions and go from there.
Wash your walls and dust the trim along the walls and the windowsills. Dust, wash, rinse and dry painted or paneled walls. Start in the kitchen and bathroom and go from there.
Dust ceiling lights and ceiling fans. These collect a lot of dust and are often forgotten.
Dust your air vents or vacuum them with an attachment.
Clean your refrigerator coil. Click here for more refrigerator cleaning tips, if you’re really ambitious.
Vacuum and shampoo your carpets or treat yourself to a professional cleaning.
Clean out those closets. What didn’t you wear this past season? Do you need to keep it or can you donate it?
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries.
Replace your furnace filters.
Clean the chimney or have it professionally cleaned.
This may seem like a lot to do, but you will be glad you did when winter is here and you’re cozy, warm and safe inside!