Fall Cleaning Checklist
Fall is a time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and deep cleaning. The crisp air and changing leaves make it the perfect time to declutter your home. This will be one of the most satisfying things you do all year long if you start now with this Fall house cleaning checklist!
The following deep house cleaning schedule has everything from vacuuming to wiping down surfaces so that by Thanksgiving, your house will look as good as new – or even better!
Deep House Cleaning Checklist
As you follow the tips outlined below on our deep house cleaning checklist, think about how your health and wellbeing are positively impacted when your space is clean and tidy. Stress levels go down, muscles overworked in overstuffed spaces can relax, and natural sunlight floods in when you keep windows clear.
As the seasons change, it’s important to be aware of darker days’ effects on your mood. Cleaning and decluttering will help bring more positive energy into your space, which is especially important during this transitional time of year!
Let’s get started!
Fall Cleaning Checklist #1 – Dust All Surfaces
Dust all surfaces, including ceiling fans, window sills, and light fixtures. Make sure to get into the grooves of the furniture, so everything is evenly dusted. If you have a large number of knick knacks or photo frames that are difficult to dust thoroughly, consider moving them while you dust.
You can also use a microfiber cloth with one drop of lemon essential oil or lavender essential oil to dust without adding a chemical scent to your home. These oils can also help to keep away common fall pests like spiders and flies!
Fall Cleaning Checklist #2 – Remove Clutter
Remove clutter from countertops. Clear out anything unusable, expired, or unwanted. For example, if you have a spare shelf in your linen closet, now is a great time to move all those extra towels and sheets you don’t regularly use to make room for holiday guests!
Fall Cleaning Checklist #3 – Rearrange Your Wardrobe
Go through your clothes and remove items that no longer fit you, you haven’t worn in over a year, or aren’t flattering. Ditch the pieces that don’t make you feel like the best versions of yourself and give them to someone who will love them (like a friend or family member)!
Fall Cleaning Checklist #4 – Clean & Organize Under Your Kitchen Sink
Deep clean your kitchen sink and cabinet under your kitchen sink, including the disposal if you have one. Wipe down all surfaces to prevent water spots from appearing on your faucet and counters. If you have a garbage disposal, run it while cleaning with baking soda and vinegar to keep your drain smelling fresh.
Fall Cleaning Checklist #5 – Clean Baseboards
Vacuum or sweep baseboards & molding, then wipe down with a cloth that is moistened with hot water. The steam will help lift up dirt that has settled in the grout lines of your baseboard and make your walls look freshly painted.
Fall Cleaning Checklist #6 – Clean Windows
Clean all windows inside of your home. Cleaning the window tracks will help prevent dirt from building up, attracting pests later on in the season. You can use vinegar and water with a microfiber cloth to clean windows, or you can remove them for an even deeper clean.
Fall Cleaning Checklist #7 – Clean the Inside of Your Oven
Clean the inside of your oven to remove any lingering smells or burnt food particles. Sponges work well for this, but you can also use a stainless steel cleaner if you have one. The smell will dissipate as the oven cools down.
Do not apply the stainless steel cleaner to any surfaces where food will be prepared, as it can be harmful if ingested.
Fall Cleaning Checklist #8 – Clean and Deodorize the Garbage Disposal
If you have a garbage disposal, clean and deodorize it by running lemon rinds and ice through your disposal. This will help remove odors that may otherwise waft.
Fall Cleaning Checklist #9 – Mop or Steam-Mop All Floors
Use a steam mop or traditional mopping method to clean all floors. You can use 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar mixed with water if you don’t want to purchase an additional cleaner for this task (make sure not to use too much as it will leave your floors smelling like vinegar!). You can also add two drops of essential oils to your vinegar mixture for a more pleasant scent while you clean.
Fall is a beautiful time of year that promises cooler weather, colorful leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. But it’s also an essential season for deep cleaning your home to prepare for winter. We hope you found our fall house cleaning checklist useful! If you did, make sure to follow us for more tips and tricks when it comes to cleaning your home.