How to Prepare for Fall-It’s Not Too Late

Welcome FallPhoto by Lisa Hubbard

In just a few weeks your home is going to change. In the summer your home is just the resting place after fun filled days in the sun. Summer months seem to go by quickly with most people try to spend that time outside as much as possible. But once the weather starts cooling down, fall and winter are upon us our hours spent in the home increase dramatically. Instead of spending time outside in the garden you’re more likely to heat up a warm drink and enjoy a game night. For months you and your family are going to be cooped up inside waiting for summer to come back. In preparation for this time, what do you do to get your home ready for this hibernation? Spring cleaning is designed to give your home a deep clean from the many months of spending the majority of your time inside. The next few months are going to bring lots of time inside, and lots of holiday visitors. Don’t be unprepared this year and follow a few simple tips to make sure you’re ready this season.

Fall cleaning chore checklist:
•Focus on public rooms: living room, family room, entryway, guest bath. Remember, it is the season for family and friends to gather.
•Clean from top to bottom. Vacuum drapes and window treatments. Clean window sills and window wells. Vacuum baseboards and corners.
•Vacuum upholstered furniture, or have professionally cleaned if needed. Move furniture and vacuum beneath and behind it.
•Wash interior windows.
•Turn mattresses front-to-back and end-to-end to equalize wear.
•Launder or clean all bedding: mattress pads, pillows, duvets, blankets, comforters. Tuck the family into a warm and cozy winter bed.
•Schedule professional carpet cleaning early this month! Warm October afternoons speed carpet drying. Carpet cleaning firms get busy by the end of October, so schedule now for best service.
•Prepare the kitchen for holiday cooking. Clean and organized kitchen cabinets, paying particular attention to baking supplies, pans and equipment.
•Clear kitchen counters of all appliances not used within the last week. Clear counters look cleaner–and provide more room for holiday cooking.
•Pull refrigerator away from the wall, and vacuum the condenser coils. For bottom-mounted coils, use a long, narrow brush to clean coils of dust and debris.
•Wash light-diffusing bowls from light fixtures.
•Inspect each appliance. Does it need supplies? Stock up on softener salt now, and avoid staggering over icy sidewalks with heavy bags.
•Check and empty the central vacuum’s collection area.
•Clean electronic air cleaner elements monthly for most efficient operation. Wash them in an empty dishwasher (consult manual for specific product recommendations).
•Clean or replace humidifier elements before the heating season begins.
•Inspect washer hoses for bulges, cracks or splits. Replace them every other year.
•Check dryer exhaust tube and vent for built-up lint, debris or birds’ nests! Make sure the exterior vent door closes tightly when not in use.
•Schedule fall furnace inspections now. Don’t wait for the first cold night!
•Buy a winter’s supply of furnace filters. Change filters monthly for maximum energy savings and indoor comfort. When the right filter is on hand, it’s an easy job!
•Drain sediment from hot water heaters.

The fall cleaning chore checklist was found at http://organizedhome.com/seasonal-spin/fall-cleaning-chore-checklist for more tips and tricks follow the link.