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Clean and Organize Your Home For Fall and Winter

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It’s officially Fall. I love this time of year. The excuse to start making soup, leaves changing color — all of it.

But nipping at Autumn’s heel is frosty Winter. That means there’s a few extra things that need to be done around the house to make sure you’re really for cold weather.

To help you get your to-do lists ready, here are some things that you can do to clean and organize your home for Fall and Winter.

Cleaning Your Home

October temperatures are starting to drop already. But giving your house a good clean is important before temperatures really drop and you’re glued to the couch and a thick blanket.

Outside

  • Wash the outside of all your windows
  • Clean and check gutters and downspouts
    • The leaves may not have started to fall yet, but you’ll be amazed at how much dust, dirt, acorns, and twigs have accumulated since you cleaned them in the Spring
  • Wash your siding, doors and garage door
  • Clean your patio, walkways, and decks

Inside

Get your kitchen ready for Fall and Winter cooking and baking

  • Move furniture from walls and wipe down walls, baseboards, and molding
  • Clean the globes from your lights (some of those bugs that managed to get into the house over the last few months are probably in there)
  • Vacuum drapes and wall hangings
  • Wash the insides of windows
    • Clean out the window wells with a vacuum
    • Wipe down inside sills
    • Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to clean the screens as well
  • Pull the refrigerator from the wall and vacuum the coils
  • Deep clean your kitchen (here’s a printable kitchen cleaning checklist)
  • Change household filters
    • Exhaust vent over stove
    • Furnace/AC filters

Other Cleaning Resources

Organize Your Home

October is a great time to clean and organize your home. A good Fall cleaning is the counterpart to spring cleaning.

Organize Your Closets

Organizing your closets idea

Since the weather is cooling down, you'll be switching to warmer clothes. So it's a great time to clear out your closets and give them the cleaning and organizing they need.

  • Pull out the spring and summer clothes and remove items you haven't worn or that need repair
  • Go through your fall and winter items and discard anything that won't fit, you won't wear, and those that need repair
  • Air out any cold weather clothing you had in storage to get rid of stale odors
  • Go through any boxes and non-clothing items in your closet and throw away anything you don’t need
  • Vacuum the carpet and wash/dust the shelves to remove any dirt or dust that’s accumulated over the last few months
  • Consider adding more storage or building shelving to better organize things

Organize the Kitchen

Odds are you’ll be doing a lot more cooking and baking this Fall and Winter, so make sure your kitchen is ready for it.

  • Clear out all the cabinets and drawers
  • Reorganize pots and pans
  • Gather together (or corral) your Tupperware and storage containers and lids
  • Make sure you can find baking items that you’ll probably need this Winter
  • Dust off your favorite recipe books (optional)

If you're out of ideas for organizing your kitchen, here's a few extra ideas.

Organize the Garage

With rainy, cold Autumn days followed by freezing, snowy Winters, it’s nice to be able to use the garage to get your car out of the weather. Here’s how to get started organizing it.

  • Store paints and stains
    • Since evening temperatures will soon be dipping low, paints and stains need to be brought indoors. Otherwise, the cold temps will alter the makeup of the paint.
    • Find a place inside to store any that you have in your garage
    • Dividing paints by interior and exterior will make finding indoor and outdoor paint easier next time you need it
  • Toss unneeded and unwanted items that you’ve accumulated
  • Move tools that are in the way to other storage spaces like a shed if available
  • Consider returning items that others have given you to store
  • Store bolts, screws, nuts, and nails in easy to access containers.
    • Empty coffee cans can be handy for this. Just be sure not to lump multiple types in the same container.
  • Invest in hooks and hangers that can be used to store items up and out of the way
  • Group tools and supplies into things for certain types of tasks
    • For example, I group things into electrical, plumbing, auto, woodworking.

Other Organizing Tips

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