Organizational Tips/Chores for the Fall

Not sure where you are living, but here in New England we are welcoming in Fall.  Our days are cooler, and our nights are colder.  I have to say I love this season.  I love the changes that are happening in our environment because it helps me and motivates me to make changes in my home, my health and my life.

Kids are back to school and our schedules are back in line to a more systematic day.  With more intact schedules, it is a great time to implement some organizational tasks in your home.  You can take them room by room or task by task depending on your allotted time.

I’ve compiled a list of tasks that you can use as a guide to help prepare your home for winter and the up and coming holidays.  Fall is a great time to get started.

Kitchen

  • Go through your cabinets and remove items no longer using, needing or liking (give away or donate)
  • Clean out your freezer and wipe down
  • Clean out your refrigerator and wipe down
  • Clean out your food cabinets or pantry and wipe down
  • Clean coils in back of refrigerator (be sure you unplug your refrigerator to do this)
  • Clean your oven and your range vent/hood
  • Clean ceiling lights
  • Clean window treatments

Dining Room

  • Go through hutches/cabinets to remove items no longer using, needing or liking (give away or donate)
  • Polish furniture
  • Clean carpets – if applicable
  • Clean ceiling lights
  • Clean window treatments

Living Room/Family Room

  • Go through TV Cabinets to remove all movies no longer watching
  • Go through any book shelves and remove books no longer needed, wanted or reading
  • Clean all carpets (if applicable)
  • Clean all upholstered furniture
  • Clean fireplace and get ready for winter
  • Clean ceiling lights/fans
  • Clean window treatments

Office

  • Go through file cabinets to shred/recycle all papers no longer needed
  • Clean your computer and computer screen
  • Clean/polish desk
  • Clean carpets (if applicable)
  • Clean ceiling lights/fans
  • Clean window treatments

Stairs/Hallways/Entry

  • De-clutter and purge any cabinets in these areas and remove items no longer needed
  • Clean carpets (if applicable)
  • Clean ceiling lights
  • Clean window treatments if you have them in this area

Bedrooms

  • De-clutter closets and dressers and remove clothes no longer wanted, needed or that fit (give away or donate)
  • Polish furniture
  • Clean ceiling lights/fans
  • Clean window treatments
  • Change batteries in smoke/CO2 detectors
  • Clean carpets (if applicable)
  • De-clutter all book shelves or shelves
  • Remove toys in children’s rooms that they now longer play with (give away or donate)

Bathrooms

  • Remove all expired medications (prescribed or OTC)
  • De-clutter linen closet and remove items no longer needed, wanted or liked (give away or donate)
  • Clean shower/tub and remove any mold that might be growing
  • Clean cabinet under sink and remove all expired items
  • Re-grout if needed
  • Clean window treatments

Laundry Room

  • Have your dryer serviced to remove all lint; especially in the duct work
  • De-clutter any cabinets and remove all items no longer used or needed
  • Clean ceiling lights
  • Clean inside washer
  • Clean window treatments

Basement

  • Any items put in the basement for donations, bring to your favorite facility
  • Change your furnace filter
  • Sweep if unfinished
  • Dispose of all chemicals not being used

Garage

  • Clean out all cabinets and remove chemicals not being used or needed (recycle appropriately)
  • Remove all items no longer needed and/or used (including sporting items)
  • Be sure snow blower is ready for winter
  • Winterize lawn mower
  • Stock up on ice melt if used
  • Sweep floor

NOTE:  Don’t forget to wipe down all the areas you de-cluttered and organized.

As far as the whole house is concerned it’s a great time to clean your windows (in and out).  It’s usually at this time, I remove all my screens and have my windows cleaned.  With the screens gone and the windows clean, I have a “sparkling” view.

Hope this list helps you do some de-cluttering and organizing in your home.  If you need help, reach out and get it.  I’d be happy to join you in this project whether it’s in person or virtually.

As your partner, I will get you to your desired goal.

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