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As the seasons change, so should your cleaning schedule! You might already have an annual spring cleaning routine, but fall is a perfect time to refresh your home as summer comes to a close. To make your seasonal refresh easier, follow our room-by-room fall cleaning checklist to tackle every area in your Long Island home.
Having the right supplies can make cleaning your home easier, cutting your chore time in half! While the required tools can change based on the size of your home and your cleaning preferences, it’s important to be prepared and have everything you need before kick-starting your home’s refresh. Here’s a list of common household items that you’ll need for a thorough autumn cleaning:
Before the weather turns unbearably cold, you should start by preparing your home’s exterior and outdoor spaces for winter. Your front porch is the perfect starting point. Then you’re ready to head inside and tidy up all the rooms in your home.
Fall is a great time to inspect your home’s exterior. Check for damaged windows, doors and siding that could impact your home’s energy efficiency. To keep your home warm and comfortable all winter long, replace cracked windows, drafty doors and loose siding to keep the cold air out. This will help your energy bills as well—less chilly drafts getting in means less work for your HVAC system. Here are a few other exterior tasks for the fall:
Before bringing friends and family into your home for the holidays, make sure your entryway is clean and inviting. For a bolder refresh, consider replacing your entry door. Keep your entryway looking its best all season long by completing these tasks:
As the center of the home, the kitchen is often the place where everyone gathers after getting home from school and work. The drop in temperature means less outdoor grilling and more indoor cooking, which can do a number on your kitchen surfaces. It’s essential to keep surfaces that come in contact with food sanitized. Consider swapping your current hand soap with a fall scent for added seasonal flair, and add some natural touches like pinecones and pumpkins.
No matter the season, it’s important to keep your bathroom clean. The room you bathe and get ready for the day in should be freshened up on a regular basis. Excess moisture leads to stains and mildew build-up, so deep cleans are needed more often than in other areas of your home.
Before getting cozy beside the fireplace on those cool fall nights, you should have your chimney and fireplace inspected by a professional. Then you’re ready to spend time with family and friends gathered around the fire! However, more time spent in the living room means more clutter, crumbs and spills to stay on top of through autumn.
As the days get shorter, make sure your bedroom is clean and straightened out before unwinding at night. Replace your summer linens with warmer bedding like an extra quilt or a thicker comforter for a sound sleep all night long. And don’t forget to switch the direction of your fan to rotate clockwise to move warmer air around the room!
With family and friends gathering throughout the season, you’ll want to create an inviting and tidy space to share a meal together. Add warm, earth-toned placemats, table runners and napkins to be party-ready. For an extra touch of autumn, pick up some small pumpkins and gourds from your local grocery store for display purposes. They should last about a month.
As you go through each room of your home, you may notice drafty or broken windows and doors in need of replacement. The experts at Window World are here to help you get your home ready for the season with beautiful, energy-efficient products for every room. Contact us today for a free estimate to get started!