Everyone knows about Spring cleaning after a long winter, but what about Fall cleaning to prepare for winter. My house is usually worse following the warm season than the cold. We keep the windows open as much as the weather will permit, which allows for dust and pollen to blow in landing where it may. Oh, let us not forget the baseball dirt that wanders in on cleatless socks making its residence in the laundry room – yuck!
Cleaning is a challenge when you are a working mom, a homeschooling mom, or a working-homeschooling-mom. Sadly, its a necessity that must be done. Fall cleaning makes Christmas preparation easier because all the extras are finished. There are several ways to approach Fall cleaning. By zone, by room, or by small project. What can be accomplished depends on individual style and time. Here are three tips to get started.
A “zone” can be several areas/tasks combined together that can be completed in a day. For example, place all bedroom window treatments in the dryer to remove any dust. Other examples include cleaning all the blinds in the kitchen, or all the windows upstairs or downstairs.
This is self-explanatory – pick a room and go for it. Always start at the top cleaning your way down. If you washed the walls in the Spring, spot cleaning may only be necessary. Use a Swifter, microfiber pad, or the vacuum to clean any dust hanging around on the walls. Next, move to the baseboards, then the floors, shampooing any carpet. Remember under and behind furniture!
BY SMALL PROJECT:
This is as simple as determining how much time you have to do one small task. For example, clean out one drawer; purge and organize; or clean under one bathroom sink. Reserve these for days when time is limited.
Fall cleaning should not be overwhelming, but beneficial. When winter comes, all the doors and windows will be closed, trapping all our “dirty” secrets inside causing problems for those with allergies. Eliminating as much as possible now, will make for a healthy and Christmas-ready home!
To get started, download my Great Fall Cleanup Plan that guides you through from top to bottom for a winter ready home by Christmas. Choose either by Zone or Room. Remember to get the family involved!
Happy Fall Cleaning y’all!