Fall Cleaning Checklist for the Perfect Autumn Refresh

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Published October 4, 2022
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For some of us, there is nothing quite as satisfying as a deep clean inside the house and out - especially with the changing season. If you find the crisp fall air invigorating, use that energy to your advantage. From the kitchen to the car, below you'll find everything you need to prepare your home for autumn and beyond.

Fall Deep Cleaning: Indoor Checklist by Room

When the weather turns chilly, we all spend more time indoors. Get all of your spaces clean, cozy, and ready for guests.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of your home! Whether you're concocting a tasty snack for yourself or hosting a dinner party, this room sees a lot of traffic. Here's how to get it sparkling.

Bathroom

Give your bathroom a good cleaning and disinfecting, including your bathroom fan and drains.

Bedrooms & Closets

An organized bedroom is a peaceful place. And if you're having guests, this is the perfect time to get your guest bedroom in tip-top shape before the holiday frenzy.

Woman organizing closet
  • Sort through your clothing and donate outgrown or unworn clothes
  • Rotate clothes to pull out fall and winter clothing and store summer garments
  • Pull out fall jackets and accessories
  • Wipe and dust shelves in closets and bedroom
  • Flip and clean the mattress
  • Make beds with winter bedding
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Deodorize closets
  • Clean floors

Living Areas

Whether you're planning a solo afternoon of Netflix and popcorn, or having the extended family over for a holiday gathering, freshen up the living and/or family room first with these simple steps.

  • Sweep and mop floors (pay special attention to corners and crevices)
  • Take down and wash curtains
  • Deep clean floors (shampoo rugs or mop floors)
  • Dust, polish, and clean furniture
  • Dust lamps and lampshades
  • Clean electronics
  • Sanitize remotes and other accessories
  • File paperwork

Laundry Room

The laundry room is where a lot of stuff ends up after a long summer, so you don't want to skimp on this room. Plus, you need to get your washer ready for sweater weather.

Daughter helping mother organizing the laundry room
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Organize laundry supplies
  • Clean washer and dryer
  • Remove any stuff on top of the washer or dryer

General Fall Cleaning and Maintenance

Fall cleaning is all about winterizing and getting ready for the colder months. Beyond just cleaning your home, maintenance is important. Don't forget these general fall cleanup areas.

  • Clean and dust ceiling fans
  • Wipe down exterior and interior doors and handles
  • Clean window tracks and sills
  • Clean window glass inside and out
  • Remove screens and install storm windows (if needed)
  • Sweep and inspect chimney and fireplace
  • Change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Replace or clean HVAC filters
  • Check heating systems

Outside Fall Cleaning Checklist

Your kitchen is ready for fall lattes and pumpkin donuts, and as you look out your gleaming living room windows, you notice the yard. Get your outdoor space as fall and winter ready as your home, with this all-inclusive list.

Young man cleaning lawn from leaves
  • Check siding and windows for cracks
  • Turn off faucets and winterize sprinkler systems
  • Store patio furniture
  • Check bulbs and fixtures of outdoor lights
  • Clean gutters
  • Check driveways and walkways
  • Rake leaves

Garage

The garage is an important part of your outdoor space, so spend some time cleaning and organizing in there too. Lots of things need to be put away and rotated to get ready for raking and snow removal.

  • Organize and declutter
  • Pull out fall décor
  • Put summer items away
  • Clean and examine garage floor
  • Replace batteries as needed
  • Check seals
  • Lubricate and replace parts as necessary for doors and opener
  • Bring rakes and snow shovels out so they're within easy reach

Fall Car Cleaning Checklist

This is a great time to give your vehicle some attention, too!

Smiling Couple Cleaning Car In The Fall
  • Check tires (pressure and tread)
  • Put on winter tires
  • Clean the inside
  • Check oil
  • Replace wipers
  • Check fluids (brake and coolant)
  • Wash and wax

Tips for Fall Cleaning

Keep these tips in mind as you go about checking everything off of your cleaning lists.

  • Don't neglect your gutters and siding. Checking now can save you money later.
  • Reverse ceiling fans, so the heat is coming back down to warm the house.
  • Always check your chimney and fireplace before starting it for the season.
  • Check the seals on your windows and doors as you are cleaning. You want to keep the heat in.
  • Use labels to organize your summer clothing and toys.
  • Add an emergency kit to your car for winter.

Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Leaves, pumpkins, and sweaters, oh my! It's the moment that fall lovers have been waiting for. Have your home ready for the cool weather and seasonal visitors by following a simple fall checklist. Every room in your home is sure to thank you!

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Fall Cleaning Checklist for the Perfect Autumn Refresh