Must-Have Items for Your Fall Cleaning Checklist

As we enter the fall season, it would be wise to do a deep clean of your home ahead of winter. You should also prepare your house for the impending holiday season. 

Fretting about the idea of another time-consuming seasonal cleanup? Don’t. Instead, break down your cleaning into separate tasks and do something small each day. You’ll thank yourself when year-end comes around. 

Outside Your Home

After the summer months have passed, there are certain specific things that you now must do as you prepare to transition from fall into winter: 

  • If you have one, drain your pool. It will soon be frozen over if you leave it filled. 
  • Drain all garden hoses and pack them up. Blow sprinkler systems free of water, and insulate the covers of spigots. 
  • Put a stop to ice dams before they form by setting up heating cables in gutters. Clear these of any debris. 
  • Check chimneys and furnaces and clean them out as needed. 
  • Refresh paint on railings and decks as necessary. 
  • Put away patio furniture and umbrellas. 
  • Reinstall window and door caulking as needed. 
  • Wash windows on the exterior of your house. 
  • Rake the leaves. 

Inside Your Home 

The Holiday season means that a lot more time will be spent at home. Cold weather is another reason you will likely be in your house for lengthy periods of time. So why not declutter and freshen up your home? 

  • Remove dirt from hot water heaters. 
  • Check all your appliances and purchase new supplies if needed. 
  • Clean all your bedding and put out the thicker sheets, blankets, and comforters. 
  • Wash all windows on the interior of your home. 
  • Get your furniture and carpets professionally cleaned. 
  • Clean all your walls. 
  • Deep clean your ceiling-mounted light fixtures.
  • Wipe down all kitchen cupboards thoroughly.

The Bathroom 

Your bathroom should already be regularly cleaned, but as the fall season hits, be sure to do these things for an even brighter and more hygienic bathroom: 

  • Refresh your towels. 
  • Clean your toilet.
  • Wipe down the sink and shower falls.
  • Wipe down the counters.

The Bedroom 

Your bedroom is your sanctuary and should be a place you can relax in without feeling you’re in a pile of clutter. Here’s what to keep in mind for your bedroom: 

  • You should rotate your mattresses every couple of months or so.
  • Make your bed daily.
  • Clean your sheets on a weekly basis. 
  • Dust the ceiling fans in your room. 

The Living Room

After you’ve cleaned out your fireplace, you can sit in the living room with family and enjoy the warmth. Since more time will be spent here, there will be a bit more to clean: 

  • Spot clean your pillows and straighten them up. 
  • Clean your television screens with some distilled white vinegar and distilled water.
  • Walk around and remove clutter from the area.
  • Freshen up your upholstery with a solution of baking soda poured into a cheese shaker. Leave it for 15 minutes before vacuuming. 

The Kitchen

Thanks to the holidays, there might be a lot going on in your kitchen very soon. Because it will be cold outside, that means grilling and outdoor BBQs will likely be replaced with more inside cooking. 

Additionally, you will get more mud coming in from outside, and, since more people will be home, the place will be messy more often. Here’s how to avoid the repercussions of an active kitchen: 

  • Regularly wipe down your kitchen counters and the stove top. 
  • Scrub your sink often.
  • Sweep the floor for crumbs as necessary.


The fall season is the ideal time to really make sure you’re all set for winter. Remember, it’s all about breaking down your cleaning project into manageable tasks. It’s also about putting away things you no longer need. You can do this by using a storage company like us to help.

The last thing you would want is to feel the repercussions of not taking action ahead of winter. This might lead to damage to your home. You still have a lot of time. So get up, and get started with this fall seasonal cleaning checklist.