Fall Cleaning Checklist

Fall is always a great time to air out the house and clean it thoroughly before winter. By doing some deep cleaning during fall, you’ll have an easier time preparing for the holidays. Here’s a fall cleaning checklist to guide you through the cleaning process.

Fall Cleaning Checklist

This checklist is broken down into categories that make it easier to clean your house strategically. The list is separated into tasks you can do inside the home and those you can carry out outside.

Inside the Home

  • Launder the beddings, pillows, and mattress pads
  • Flip/rotate mattress (if needed)
  • Declutter closets, switch out summer clothing get fall/winter clothing. This will help keep your home clean.
  • Clean window drapery/mini blinds
  • Wipe down window sills

BathroomsFall Cleaning Checklist

  • Re-stock toiletries
  • Clean combs/hair brushes
  • Replace toothbrushes
  • Check tile grout, touch up if needed
  • Deep clean shower head
  • Scrub shower
  • Wash shower curtain and liner

Kitchen

  • Clean the oven
  • Run ice and cut lemons through the garbage disposal
  • Check spices, especially baking needs, for freshness
  • Move the refrigerator to clean underneath
  • Dust and clean refrigerator coils
  • Defrost, clean freezer
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Clean the vent hood

Living Room

  • Wash all blankets
  • Clean window drapery/mini-blinds
  • Wipe down window sills
  • Wipe/dust down shelves
  • Move chairs/couches to clean underneath
  • Wipe down all door knobs and switches
  • Clear cobwebs
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Clean ceiling fan

Outside the Home

Once the inside of your home is neat and tidy, you can start working on the exterior of the house

  • Check the weather seals around windows and doors
  • Check steps for any repairs
  • Wash outside the windows
  • Touch up any areas that need to be painted
  • Pressure wash the houseFall Cleaning Checklist
  • Drain and store water hoses
  • Replace bulbs if needed and clean off light fixtures
  • Clean the BBQ grill, stock up on charcoal or refill propane
  • Clear any yard debris
  • Clean and store any outside furniture and toys
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Check the dryer exhaust pipe
  • Check the weather seals and caulking around windows and doors

Extras

  • Wash interior windows
  • Test monoxide detectors and smoke detectors and replace the batteries
  • Stock up on sidewalk salt
  • Stock up on extra batteries and flashlights
  • Stock up on candles and lighters/matches
  • Schedule an inspection of your furnace
  • Drain the water heater to get rid of sediment
  • Clean under and behind the dryer, washer and other large appliances 
  • Have the chimney professionally cleaned
  • Sweep out and vacuum the fireplace
  • Use an appropriate cleaner to clean the TV
  • Dust and clean the printer, keyboard, computer and other electronics
  • Replace the air filter and clean the cover

If you have any other devices such as a home security system, portable chargers, door lock management system, home surveillance camera or smart thermostat that use batteries, be sure to change those batteries as well. Changing the batteries in these appliances is a simple habit that can keep your home safe.

Bottom Line

It is important to clean a messy house. This fall cleaning checklist will make your upcoming fall and winter seasons much more enjoyable. Making it a habit to clean your home might also save you some money and prevent further damage to your property. Spare some time to take care of these tasks during fall before the weather turns colder and all you feel like doing is lounging on the couch.

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