As the golden hues of autumn leaves begin to blanket the ground, there’s a renewed sense of starting afresh in the crisp air. But it’s not just the outdoors that feels the seasonal shift – our homes beckon for a touch of rejuvenation too.
With the cozy months of fall upon us, it’s the perfect time to tackle some essential autumn cleaning tips to ensure both the interior and exterior of our dwellings shimmer with seasonal splendor. So, grab your cleaning supplies, and let’s dive into a few key strategies that will leave your home feeling as refreshing as a brisk autumn breeze – and ready for the colder weather ahead.
Tip #1: Defrost Your Freezer
Of all the Autumn cleaning tricks we share here, you’ll be forever thankful for this one: defrosting your freezer. With the change in season comes the perfect opportunity to tackle those household tasks that often get overlooked. Like defrosting your freezer.
While it might not be the most glamorous task, defrosting your freezer before the autumn chill sets in can save you time and money, and ensure your food stays fresh all season long. Over time, ice accumulates in your freezer, taking up space and reducing the efficiency of the appliance.
Tip #2: Do a General Indoor Cleaning
Even if you clean your house regularly, you can’t have an Autumn cleaning checklist that doesn’t include a deep clean as soon as the season starts. Dust bunnies and cobwebs beware! It’s time to give your living space a thorough cleaning.
Start from the top and work your way down – dust ceiling fans, wipe down light fixtures, and clean baseboards. Vacuum rugs, carpets, and any upholstery that may have collected summer’s remnants.
Need tips? Here are some guides that will help:
- How to Clean a Dusty Living Room
- How to Clean a Dusty Bedroom
- How to Clean a Dusty Bathroom
- How to Clean a Dusty Dining Room
- How to Clean a Dusty Home Office
Tip #3: Wash Doors & Windows
Once again, our Autumn cleaning tips are oriented to those tasks that you often overlook. Let’s be honest, doors are probably the least cleaned items in a house, and we as homeowners try to avoid washing windows as much as we can. Nonetheless, as the sun’s angle changes, it reveals every smudge and fingerprint on your windows and doors.
Grab your cleaning arsenal and wash away the grime – there’s nothing like letting all that autumn light flood into your living room.
Tip #4: Check Your Medicine Cabinet
Autumn is a lovely season. However, it often brings a rise in colds and allergies, so having a well-stocked medicine cabinet is essential. This said it is a great time to check the expiration dates on medications and update your first aid supplies.
Tip #5: Organize Clothes, Bed Linens & Blankets
Okay, organizing your closet is a classic when it comes to Autumn cleaning tips or any season, to be fair. Say goodbye to your summer attire and hello to your cozy sweaters and scarves.
As you make this seasonal wardrobe shift, take the opportunity to declutter and donate items you no longer wear. Since you’ll be in your bedroom, rotate your mattress and switch out lightweight summer bed linens for warmer options.
Tip #6: Put Away Patio & Garden Furniture
Those hot summer days spent on your patio are almost gone. So bid adieu to your outdoor oasis.
Clean and store your patio furniture, cushions, and outdoor decor to protect them from the upcoming winter weather. Make sure you put them in proper storage now to ensure they’re in top shape when the warmer days return.
Tip #7: Clean/Test Chimneys & Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Last but not least, we’ve included cleaning and testing chimneys and monoxide alarms in our Autumn Cleaning Tips because: safety comes first! As you cozy up to the fireplace on crisp autumn evenings, make sure it’s ready for action. Schedule a chimney sweep to remove any soot buildup and ensure proper ventilation.
Also, check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to guarantee they’re functioning effectively – even if you’re not planning to use your fireplace at all this season.
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