As sweater weather comes in, it is essential to prepare your home to transition from hot summer days to cool fall nights and subsequent freezing temperatures. The shorter and colder days mean you will be spending a lot more time indoors; they call for a clean, beautiful, and cozy space. Here are some critical fall cleaning projects.
- Clean-out Your Fridge and Pantry
Go through your pantry inventory, and take out all cans and boxes from the shelves. Continue to wipe or vacuum away any lingering crumbs, dust, or debris from the stands. Before putting the items back on the shelves, toss anything past its prime or expired. Repeat these steps for your fridge that might have more expired goods hidden away.
- Check and Clean Your Heating System
Your heating system should be ready to perform before the cold weather begins. Start by ensuring your air-conditioning filters are in perfect shape by changing them monthly or as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Then, proceed to check your outdoor unit for any damage or debris, and clean it out to ensure proper airflow. Doing this will save you lots of money on energy bills.
- Clean Your Gutters
The exterior of your house gives your home’s first impression. Clogged gutters do not only reduce your home’s curb appeal. They can also result in more harm to your home’s exterior. For instance, they may cause the paint to peel, roof and wall leaks, wood rot, and more damage to the gutter making it difficult and expensive to repair. When cleaning out your gutters yourself, you will need several tools, including a ladder, gutter-scooping tool, and shoes with lots of grips. If the DIY idea does not rock your boat, feel free to contact a professional pressure washing service to do the job.
- Vacuum and Shampoo Furniture, Rugs, and Carpets
Before indoor traffic increases, give your carpets, rugs, and upholstery a good scrub or vacuum to eliminate stains and build up dust. When vacuuming your sofas, ensure you do not miss a spot by hitting both sides of the cushions, the back, arms, sides, and the platform beneath the cushions.
- Bring Your Outdoor Furniture Inside
Although most outdoor furniture is labeled weatherproof, please do not leave them exposed to the freezing rain or melting snow. Thoroughly clean the tables and chairs before taking them into your garage, shed, home, or cover them with a tarp to avoid damage. You can also install a sunshade for extra protection against harsh weather elements.
Fall cleaning is as important as spring cleaning and tackling these five deep-cleaning projects in fall promises a worry-free winter and autumn. Focus on an individual cleaning project a week, and you will be done in no time, leaving you with time to relax and enjoy new hot chocolate recipes with friends and family.