As the summer heat begins to fade and holiday décor starts to appear in stores, it’s time to get your home ready for fall and winter. This simple room-by-room checklist will help you break down the job into manageable tasks. Each room is broken down into two checklists: Essentials and Deep Clean. Get the essentials done and your home will be fresh, clean, and presentable. Add in some or all of the suggested tasks in the Deep Clean list and you’ll know that your home is ready for whatever fall and winter can throw at it.
The kitchen is often the gathering spot for family and friends, especially during the holidays. Giving your kitchen a deep cleaning now will make holiday baking and entertaining less stressful.
- Empty sink and dishwasher, making sure all the dishes are clean. Decide how many loads of dishes you need to do each day to keep the sink clear of dirty dishes.
- Clean and disinfect the counters, stove, and sink.
- Wipe down the backsplash.
- Wipe down cupboards, oven, and refrigerator.
- Sweep and mob the floor
- Dust the tops of cabinets and refrigerator.
- Clean the condenser coils behind or below the refrigerator.
- Empty cabinets. Wipe down the shelves and replace the contents in an organized way.
Living Room / Family Room / Rec Room / Den / Bedrooms
In the living areas of your home, focus on ridding upholstery and carpets of a summer’s worth of pet hair, dust, and pollen.
- Dust ceiling fans, window sills, and doorjambs.
- Have your upholstery cleaned.
- Vacuum carpets, paying special attention to corners, edges, and stairs where dirt and pet hair can accumulate.
- Move furniture and vacuum under it.
- Have carpets professionally cleaned.
- Launder and store summer clothes. Hang fall and winter clothes to air out after storage.
- Launder or dry-clean curtains and drapes. If you use a separate set for spring and summer, pack them away for next year and hang your fall and winter window treatments.
A clean, fresh bathroom is an oasis at the end of a long day, but these heavily-used rooms can quickly go from sparkling to dingy. Give your bathrooms a facelift that both your family and guests will appreciate.
- Clean and disinfect sink, counters, toilet, and bathtub or shower.
- Clean mirror
- Sweep and mop the floor.
- Empty wastebasket and replenish toiletry supplies
- Empty and clean medicine cabinet. Discard expired medications.
- Clean grout with a bleach-based cleanser.
- Wash baseboards.
- Dust doorjamb.
If this seems like an overwhelming task, consider hiring a reputable cleaning team like ServiceMaster Southwest. Their highly trained staff can make a big difference in your home’s look and feel this fall.