Spring cleaning gets all the glory. However, fall is a great time to get your house in tip-top shape as well. After all, it’s your last chance before closing up shop and going into hibernation for the winter! Let’s take a look at some around-the-house, autumn-cleaning essentials. Here are a few chores that have to be on your fall cleaning checklist.
After a gorgeous spring and summer, autumn is the final season where you willingly open the windows in your home. So, you might as well take the time to clean them. After all, you’re going to be staring out theses windows longingly for months on end, wishing for summer to come back ASAP. Might as well have a clear view!
Pack Up Summer Stuff
Close up the sandbox, move the playhouse into the shed, and cover the pool. While fall offers a few glimmers of summertime hope, they become fewer and farther in between as the season goes on. So, before all your kids’ toys get covered in fallen leaves, store them away. Hopefully, they’ll still want to play with them next year!
Get the Gutters in Shape
When the leaves fall, they need to land somewhere. A common place they end up is in your gutters. Before the first snowfall, you want to make sure those gutters are cleared. Otherwise, melted snow will pool on top of your house and cause damage to your roof. Cleaning out the gutters and downspouts ensures your home is getting adequate drainage.
Weather Strip the House
Check windows, garages, and doorway entries for any signs of a draft. If so, invest in some weather stripping. Not only will this keep cold air out, but will also help with electricity, oil, and gas costs during the colder weather.
Get the Furnace/Chimneys Inspected
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your furnace and chimneys inspected. Otherwise, the first snowfall will be here before you know it and you might be left in the cold. Not to mention, it’s a busy season for inspectors. The sooner you get the ball rolling on this item, the better for everyone.
Declutter the Kitchen
It’s no secret. We eat more food in colder weather. Part of it is being trapped indoors. The other part is that there are so many holidays during this time centered around food. Kicking off with Halloween, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, fall is the time to start clearing out the kitchen. Make more counter space for you to work on by getting rid of unnecessary cookbooks and gadgets. Also, clear out additional room in the pantry for all the holiday cooking essentials. Less clutter will make the impending holidays far less stressful.