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Fall Cleaning Checklist: How to organize your home

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For a lot of people, fall is like the start of a new year—it’s when everyone goes back to school and heads back to work after summer vacation. That’s what makes the idea of doing a little spring cleaning in the fall so great! A fall decluttering project is a perfect way to give the whole family a fresh start to the season. 

Fall cleaning checklist 

If you’re ready to get that fresh fall feeling by getting rid of the clutter in your home, we’ve got you covered. Follow these essential fall cleaning tips to get your house feeling cozy and ready for the season. 

1. Do a deep clean

Take advantage of the milder fall weather and do a deep clean before the chilly days set in. If you’ve had your windows open all summer long, you’ll want to dust all your furniture, blinds, and windowsills to get them nice and clean for the season. Vacuum all your carpets, rugs, and upholstery, and sweep under all your furniture to get the dust and dirt out of all those dark corners. 

It’s also a great time to wash your windows. Dirty windows let less light in, which can really have an impact on your mood and energy levels when those gray winter days set in. Make sure you get into the nooks and crannies of your windows too, to avoid any mold and mildew from forming during the colder months. It’s a good idea to get the outside of your windows cleaned, too. (If you’re worried about getting up on a ladder to do this yourself, consider hiring professionals to shine up your windows for you.)  

2. Clear out your storage areas

Remember all that fun outdoor stuff you bought at the beginning of the season? Now it’s time to put it all away until next year. First, you’ll need to make room for all those pool noodles, floaties, beach gear, backyard games, etc. If you have the time, it’s best to pull everything out. This way, you can organize everything as you’re putting it back. Try to keep like items together, creating a separate section just for your summer gear. (This will make it much easier to find it all next summer, and will prevent you from buying new items that you already own!) As you work through, set aside any items you don’t really need to hang onto and get them ready for donation or disposal.  

3. Clear out your garage

When you pulled out all your summer gear at the beginning of the season, you freed up a little more space in your garage. If you’ve managed to fill it up with other stuff, take some time to sort through everything again to make room for larger pieces like patio furniture and bikes to be moved indoors for the colder months. Set aside anything you don’t need to keep and reorganize everything you need to store.

4. Do the closet swap

As soon as you feel that familiar fall chill in the air, it’s time to put away all your summer gear and make room for those cozy sweaters! Go through all your summer pieces and set aside anything you didn’t really end up wearing, and plan to donate them or give them to friends. Follow the same process as you’re putting your fall stuff back into the closet—set aside anything that you’re just not in love with anymore and add it to your donation pile.  

Before you pack away all your summer clothes, make sure you wash and dry them first. Once they’re all clean, make sure you keep them safe by storing them in vacuum storage bags, or in sturdy sealed plastic bins. Moths love to nibble on fabrics in the colder months, and storing your clothes properly will protect them. 

5. Get that junk out of your way

Once you’ve sorted through all your closets and storage spaces, it’s time to get rid of all your unwanted junk. You can check with local charities to see if they accept donations, but keep in mind that you will likely have to drop it off on your own and there’s a chance they might not accept all your items. If you want to save yourself some time, you can always hire a professional junk removal service, like 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’re fall cleaning experts and are happy to help make your junk disappear. Give us a call or book your appointment online today!

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