This article, entitled "To-Do List for Fall Cleaning," comes from Annie Payne, MomsEveryday blogger from Western Colorado.
Spring isn’t the only time of year to do a major clean up. Fall cleaning is just as important as spring cleaning.
Here is a list of things that you should consider taking care of this fall before the weather turns cold.
Clean out your gutters. Leaves and debris in your gutter can cause a lot of problems if run off from melting snow cant flow freely. Anytime a ladder is used, for safety, this is a two-person job.
Clean your windows. Errant spray from irrigation water has probably obscured your view. My window cleaner of choice is Sprayway in the white and blue can and paper towels. Sprayway comes out as a foam, so it starts to work before you do.
Take the time to take off screens and wash them down with the hose to remove the dust and bugs have accumulated over the summer. Sometimes I don’t put my screens back on again until spring.
Tackle your garage by storing your summer toys and bringing your holiday boxes closer to the forefront. You aren’t going to need the pool toys and maybe the camping gear for a few months, tuck them away to make it easier to get to your sleds and snow gear.
Test and replace all the batteries in your smoke detectors. Use the vacuum attachment to remove dust that can keep your detector from working effectively. We do this the first weekend of every April and October.
We also flip all of our mattresses at the same time. I sprinkle baking powder and vacuum, with the attachment, my mattresses before and after the flip to help keep the mattresses fresh.
This is also a great time to go through everyone’s closets and put away the summer items to make room for your bulkier coats and sweaters. I don’t usually recommend storing anything under your bed, but if storage is an issue for you, most home stores sell clear plastic bins that slide easily under beds. Your summer clothes will be stored, but not completely inaccessible for when you take that trip to warmer getaways in the middle of winter.
Join the conversation, what is on your fall cleaning list of chores?
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