Fall is well underway and while I am thoroughly enjoying this beautiful weather and everything that goes with fall, I know that all too soon we will be entering into the busy holiday season. Before I even begin to set my eyes on that prize, I know that there are several things that need to happen around the home first.
We are all familiar with spring cleaning but fall cleaning is just as important!
I don’t know about you but after a busy summer our house is in need of a little TLC. We have pockets of clutter tucked in about every nook and cranny, dust bunnies lurking in the corners, seasonal clothes and accessories to rotate in and out, and a whole host of things to do out in the yard.
As the temperature grows colder and the warmth from our home draws everyone inside, now is the time to schedule a few hours to give your house a quick fall cleaning as you head into the busy winter months.
Fall Cleaning Checklist
Banish that summer dust buildup!
Oh the dust bunnies! I love our hardwood floors but you know what I don’t love? The bright, beautiful and unforgiving morning sun streaming in illuminating every speck of dust, dirt and grim.
While I normally love to hand my kids their microfiber dusters to help me “clean” (it’s like a game to them!), now is the time for a little elbow grease to really get rid of all the dust. My favorite is the new Fall Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray. A quick spray will help remove dust from your ceilings, walls, baseboards and woodwork.
Not to mention it smells AMAZING! While I love my clean burning candles, I don’t need to rely on them for a fresh scent anymore. And the gentle scent lasts!
Rotate Your Closets
Rotating seasonal clothes is always a chore, especially when it comes to my kids as they are constantly growing and changing sizes. But now is the time to pack away those bathing suits, flip flops and tanks to replace with sweaters, corduroys and boots. Pack up your light summer clothes and linens and replace them with cool-season items.
If you are feeling extra motivated, get rid of clothes that haven’t seen the light of day in years. Why would you keep clothes that you don’t currently love and wear?
If you need a little help and encouragement, be sure to check out Simply Dressed my complete guide for cleaning out your closet piece by piece and developing a wardrobe you actually love.
Prepare Your Oven for Baking
The cooler temperatures means that comfort baking is in full swing! I love filling my home with the inviting and delicious scents of pumpkin bread and apple chips but you know what else I don’t love? Smelling the burnt residue of overflows and crumbs on the bottom of my oven.
I personally don’t like to use those harsh oven cleaners due to the amount of toxins in them but luckily for me my oven has a built in self cleaning feature where it pretty much cleans itself with super high temperatures.
If your oven doesn’t have that feature, making your own cleaner is super easy… not to mention frugal and super safe!
Just mix a equal parts of baking soda and water together to form a paste. Coat the oven surface with the paste and let it sit overnight. The next morning while wearing rubber gloves, use a spatula to gently remove the paste and wipe clean with a wet sponge. That’s it, easy peasy!
Stock Your Pantry
Now that your oven is nice and clean, it’s time to start baking. When an impromptu baking session with the kids comes up you don’t want to be without the necessary supplies… trust me on that one!
Go through your pantry and take stock of what you need. Check your spices especially cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, apple or pumpkin pie spices, to make sure you have enough and aren’t expired. If they are more than six months old or don’t have a fragrant smell (or more likely if you are like me and have ZERO clue when you bought it) it’s best to toss and add to your grocery list.
Don’t forget to check things like flour, sugar, chocolate chips, sugar, oatmeal, vanilla, baking soda, salt, butter, canned pumpkin and anything you use in your favorite baking treats.
Add a Touch of Fall
I love decorating my home with simple fall decor. It adds a touch of warmth and makes our home feel cozy. I love them even more when they include natural elements found outside.
Leaves are about to start changing to those brilliant shades of reds and oranges, so collect a few on your walk to press in a frame or string together to make a simple twine and leaf garland. I also love to set small mini or pie pumpkins on the tables.
My home is prone to smell like a diaper pail (thanks to my adorable little ones) so in an effort to make our home always smell good, I invest in some quality, clean burning soy candles (the Blood Orange candle is perfect year round) and diffuse some essential oils.
With the windows open to allow the crisp breeze in, a scented candle or essential oil combo can really add to the ambiance.
My current essential oil recipe for the perfect fall scent it:
- 4 drops of orange EO
- 3 drops of ginger EO
- 3 drops of cinnamon EO
Mix together with water in a diffuser, turn on and let your senses be delighted!
And if scented candles and essentials oils aren’t you thing but you really want to make your house smell amazing, try the new Mrs. Meyer’s Fall Scent collection. (Scroll down below for a super fun surprise!) 😉
Prepare the Hearth
Nothing is better than a warm, glowing fire blazing in the fireplace on a chilly night. Unfortunately our fireplace isn’t equipped to handle fires just yet so I set up a collection of mismatched candles to light on those evenings.
If you do use your fireplace often, you will want to make sure you sweep the chimney and have a collection of wood to burn. A little planning now will make it so much easier to build the first fire of the season.
How are you preparing your home to be warm & cozy this fall?
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