I always enjoy a deeply cleaned house as we get ready to start a new school year. I don’t know if it’s just ingrained in me that September brings around a fresh start or if the crisp fall air makes me realize I’ll be spending more time indoors and the house needs to finally be cleaned. Either way, here are the 10 places I clean in the Fall.
Place Number 1: The wall beside the stove
This doesn’t count for everyone but if there is a wall beside your stove – clean it. In fact, pull the stove out – clean around the stove – that crevice between the stove and counter is disgusting. Grab some good cleaner and a heavy duty sponge and go to town on this area
Place Number 2: The baseboards (especially behind the bed and couch)
I like to take a Swiffer dry cloth or a microfiber cloth sprayed with a nice smelling cleaning solution and wipe down all the baseboards in the house. Be forewarned, if you own your own house – this may spur you to want to paint walls as you’ll notice little cracks or peelings.
Place Number 3: Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans
When was the last time you stood on a chair and cleaned your light fixtures and ceiling fans (Fun Fact: A dirty pillow case is great for cleaning a fan. Just put the fan blade inside the pillow case and rub it clean. All the dust is inside the pillow case and it’s already dirty so you can just throw it in the wash when you’re done).
Place Number 4: Switch and Outlet Plates
The light switches and Electrical outlets get touched a lot, by a lot of people – just think, people sneeze on their hands (or worse – EW!) and touch your light switches. It’ll almost make you never want to have people over ever again.
Place Number 5: Inside your Garbage Cans
I like to take my garbage can up to the bathtub (or outside if it’s nice), throw some dish soap inside it and scrub the inside of it out – after it’s all clean, I throw a dryer sheet in the bottom and insert a new garbage bag.
Place Number 6: Your closets
Your front closet, your bedroom closet, your linen closet. Clean them out – get rid of things that are ripped, stained, or unused. Pack away your flip flops and sandals and pull out the rubber boots and fall attire (if you live in Canada, don’t forget your toque and mittens).
Place Number 7: The kitchen Cupboards
Pull stuff out and wipe down the shelves. Find some cheap baskets to help keep things organized. Throw out whatever you don’t need – or better yet – give it to a friend and borrow it if you ever need it again (like a blender).
Place Number 8: Your Paperwork
Everybody has old school work, bills, receipts, or paper lying around. Go through it – if you absolutely need it create a filing system, or if you really want to keep it long term, scan it. Saving things electronically is a great way to keep documents you need without the hassle of actually keeping them. (Side note here: Keep anything relating to the government for 7 years).
Place Number 9: Computer Files
Speaking of electronic files – sort through your e-files. Get rid of everything you no longer need or have no use for.
Place Number 10: Ceilings
Look up, do you have mysterious marks on your ceiling? They should be cleaned – a mop will do the trick – even a broom to get rid of the cobwebs will probably help.