We all know about spring cleaning, but a fall cleaning checklist is the ideal way to get ready for the long winter months indoors. The fall season embodies the change in Mother Nature’s palette, so it is an excellent time to refresh and rejuvenate your living space. With our fall cleaning checklist in hand, you will not just have a cleaner, more organized, and more inviting home, you will have a home that provides a refuge during the upcoming chilly weather.
From removing clutter to cleaning those hard-to-remember areas, by following a fall cleaning guide, you will be able to greet the holiday season with ease.
Individual Room Fall Cleaning Checklist
This cleaning checklist is extensive, but it does not need to be done all at one time. Instead, begin working through the list as you can. Choose the most essential tasks in the list and then work in the non-essentials throughout the fall season.
- Declutter – Go through each area of the bedroom, from the closets to the bedside tables and look for items that you do not need or want anymore. Donate any usable items to the charity of your choice and throw anything broken or damaged away.
- Dust and Vacuum – Dust all the surfaces, including the ones that you might normally neglect like those hard-to-reach shelves. Vacuum the entire room, and remember to wipe down the ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
- Wash Bedding – Launder your bedsheets and this time, include refreshing duvet covers and comforters. Change out your bed linens for warmer options if it is getting chilly.
- Rotate Mattress – Extend the life of your mattress by rotating and flipping it.
- Clean Windows – Wipe down the window sills and window frames. Clean the glass, on both sides if necessary.
- Wash Curtains and Blinds – Remove curtains and wash or dry clean as required. Wipe down or dust blinds according to the blind material.
- Inspect and Replace Batteries – Check the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they have power and replace if required.
- Deep Clean Carpets and Upholstery – Consider the state of your carpet and upholstery. Hire a professional service or rent a machine to deep clean your carpets or upholstery if they need to be cleaned.
- Organize Closet – Reorganize your closet by placing your fall/winter clothes near the front. Clean and store your summer gear and clothing.
- Clean and Polish Furniture – Dust your furniture. Apply wood polish to wooden furniture to protect it and revitalize its appearance.
- Tackle Under-Bed Storage – Take out your under-the-bed storage containers. Go through them and get rid of unnecessary items, so that it is more usable in the upcoming season.
- Check and Replace Light Bulbs – Systematically check each lamp and light fixture in your room to make sure the bulbs are working. Replace as needed.
- Wipe Down Baseboards and Trim – Clean baseboards and trim to rid them of dust build-up.
- Add Seasonal Touches – Look at ways that you can add seasonal fall decor to your room including throw pillows, a fall-colored area rug, new wall art, or fall-scented candles.
- Declutter – Go through your living room, dining room, and den areas and clear away any items that you and your family don’t use anymore like old games, puzzles, electronics, and decor. Donate any items in good condition and throw away damaged items.
- Dust and Polish – Dust flat and hard-to-reach areas like inside coffee tables, dining consoles, and TV cabinets. Polish wood furniture to refresh the surface.
- Vacuum Floors and Area Rugs – Vacuum floor surfaces, including any area rugs. Pay special attention to the corners and edges where dust and debris can accumulate.
- Vacuum or Clean Upholstery – Vacuum under the cushions where crumbs gather. Clean the upholstery if there are stains that you need to remove. Hire a professional to clean the upholstery if the stains are persistent.
- Clean and Condition Leather Furniture – For leather sofas and chairs, wipe them down with a leather conditioner to refresh their surface.
- Clean Curtains and Blinds – Remove curtains and shake them out and wash or dry clean if necessary. Wipe down the blinds to remove the dust accumulation.
- Wipe Windows – Use a damp rag to wipe down windows, including the frame, the sill, and the glass.
- Check and Clean Fireplace – If you have a fireplace, check the chimney for any creosote build-up. Hire a professional chimney sweep to clean the chimney before fire season begins.
- Check Safety Devices – Make sure that the safety devices such as fire and carbon monoxide are in good working order.
- Check and Clean Light Fixtures and Lamps – Look at each light fixture, chandelier, and lamp. Make sure there is a working bulb. Wipe down with a damp cloth to clean them.
- Refresh Indoor Plants – Trim and care for indoor plants, applying a leaf-shining solution to the leaves if desired. Remove any sick or dead plants from the room.
- Add Fall Decor – Add cozy fall-themed items to the room like fall-colored candles, table decor, fluffy throw blankets, and plaid pillows.
- Declutter and Organize – Go through your pantry and shelves and discard any expired food items or donate serving ware that you do not want. Clean out the refrigerator and freezer and discard expired or spoiled food.
- Deep Clean Appliances – Deep clean the oven and stove, including the burners and racks. Clean all the shelves in the refrigerator and freezer, including the condenser coils. Clean the microwave and the dishwasher.
- Clean Countertops and Backsplashes – Remove everything from the countertops and wipe them down along with the backsplash. Degrease as required.
- Cabinet and Drawer Cleaning – Clean out your drawers and cabinets. Vacuum them to remove crumbs and dust and then wipe them down.
- Sink Maintenance – Clean and sanitize the sink along with the faucets and food disposal.
- Clean Garbage and Recycling Bins – Empty garbage and recycling bins and clean and sanitize them.
- Check the Fire Extinguisher – Test the fire extinguisher and replace it if it is not in good working condition.
- Clean Range Hood – Remove and clean the range hood filter and wipe down the surface of the range hood interior and exterior.
- Polish Stainless Steel Appliances – Use a special stainless steel cleaner to wipe down and polish your stainless steel appliances.
- Deep Clean Floors – Sweep and mop the kitchen floors, paying special attention to the dust and debris that accumulates in the corners and edges.
- Declutter and Organize – Go through bathroom cabinets, drawers, and vanities to get rid of unwanted and expired items. Organize your toiletries, medicines, and towels.
- Deep Clean Surfaces – Clean and disinfect countertops, faucets, and sinks. Wipe down mirrors and other glass surfaces. Disinfect light switches, door knobs, and cabinet handles.
- Toilet Care – Clean and disinfect the toilet bowl, lid, and exterior. Replace the toilet brush if needed.
- Shower and Bathtub – Scrub the shower and bathtub, including any grout lines. Check for any mold or mildew and clean if needed. Check for empty bottles and reorganize your shower essentials.
- Grout and Caulking – Inspect the grout and caulk lines around the shower and bathtub. Repair the grout or replace the caulk if needed.
- Floor Cleaning – Sweep and mop the floors, paying special attention to the corners and edges of the bathroom. Shake out or vacuum the rugs.
- Shower Curtain and Liner – Wash or replace the curtain liner if it is getting too stained.
- Drains – Remove any hair or debris from the shower, bath, and sink drains to prevent future clogs.
- Towel and Linen Refresh – Wash and inspect your towels and other bath linens. Refresh them with new items if they are no longer absorbent or too smelly.
- Ventilation – Inspect and clean the bathroom exhaust fan. Replace the filter if necessary.
- Check Lights – Check all the lightbulbs to ensure that they are all working.
- Declutter and Organize – Go through the accumulated gear such as shoes, jackets, and books and get rid of no longer used items. Organize them so that you are able to find them easily.
- Clean Floors – Sweep and mop the floor surfaces, focusing especially on the edges and corners. Consider adding a protective rug or mat if the floors are becoming worn.
- Wipe Down Surfaces – Wipe down and disinfect surfaces such as consoles, cabinets, and storage shelves.
- Replace Entry Mats – Inspect the entry mats and replace them if they are becoming too worn to work well.
- Check and Clean Entry Door – Clean the interior and exterior surfaces of the entry door. Lubricate the door hinges and locks if needed. Check for drafts and replace any weatherstripping that is needed.
- Clean Windows and Curtains – Wipe down window frames, sills, and glass. Remove and clean curtains or blinds.
- Check Batteries – Test and replace batteries in safety devices, monitoring systems, and motion sensors as required.
- Declutter and Organize – Declutter your shelves with washing and cleaning supplies. Evaluate the need for each and discard any unnecessary products. Reorganize so that your essential supplies are within easy reach.
- Deep Clean Appliances – Clean the washing machine by running a cycle with a specialized washing machine cleanser that helps destroy residue from washing detergent. Clean the dryer by removing the lint from the trap, vent, and area around the dryer. Check the exhaust hose.
- Clean Countertops – Wipe down and disinfect countertops in the room.
- Inspect Utility Sink – Clean the utility sink and inspect the drain for clogs. Clean the drain out as needed.
- Replace Dryer Vent Filter – Replace the dryer vent if your dryer has one to ensure good airflow.
- Sweep and Mop Floor – Sweep and mop the floor with special care to remove dust and debris from the edges and in the corners of the room.