Fall Clean-up

Tuesday Sep 17th, 2019

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While we still have a few warm days until the official start of fall it is time to think about our household seasonal chores list. Make it a family affair by delegating chores to the rest of the family.
 
You will find suggested duties below:

Bedrooms


 
Tidy your bedroom first – it will make you feel better (you will have a tidy area of refuge)
  • Remove and set aside items, outside the bedroom door, that do not belong
     
  • Place any items back in their assigned spots
     
  • Pick up trash and discard
  • Vacuum the blinds and/or curtains to dislodge any dust
         -Ceiling edges and corners
  • Set aside curtains to launder
  • Dust hard surfaces with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth
         -Work from left to right, top to bottom
         -Tv
         -window casings
         -tables
         -shelves
         -and decorations
         -light fixtures
         -ceiling fans
         -switches
         -doorknobs
         -door jams
         -Walls
         -and baseboards
         -Pick up every item, dust, and replace
     
  • Polish furniture with wood polish
     
  • Polish glass surfaces with glass cleaner and microfiber cloth
         -Mirrors
         -windows
         -light bulbs (when cool first) etc.
  • Strip the bed
         -Launder all pillows
         -bedding
         -and mattress pads
         -vacuum the mattress and clean stains while it is bare
         -rotate/Flip mattress (if needed)
     
  • Vacuum floor including floor edges and corners
     
  • Make your bed
     
  • De-clutter closets, switch out summer clothing for fall/winter clothing

Cleaning a child’s bedroom



Help your child with these tasks the first time; go over the tasks and duties necessary; then assign the seasonal task down the road
  • Prepare 3 boxes: Trash, Return, and Donate
     
  • Trash:
         -from the door, work from left to right picking up trash
         -open drawers as you work to find “trash”
         -look in the closet and under the bed looking for trash
     
  • Returns:
         -from the door, work from left to right, as you did above, finding items that belong in other rooms
         -place these items in the return box
     
  • Tidy: 
         -from the door, work from left to right, as you did above, and place items where they belong such as:
              -toys
              -dirty clothes in hamper
              -hang or fold and put way clean clothes
     
  • Organize school items on desk in stacks
     
  • Dust:
          -with a lightly moistened microfiber clothe (not dripping)
         -start from the door, work from left to right, top to bottom
         -wipe the top of each piece of furniture
              -desk
              -dresser
              -shelves
              -nightstand
         -then the sides
         -and then the botto
         -pick up everything as you come to it, and wipe it
     
  • Glass:
         -spray a little window spray on the mirror and wipe off the liquid with a microfiber cloth
         -start at the top and go down
     
  • Bed:
         -remove the comforter and sheets from the bed
         -place outside your bedroom door
         -don’t remove the mattress pad!
         -remove the pillowcases off the pillow.
         -make your bed with new sheets
                   -pillow cover
                   -and comforter
  • Vacuum:  
         -the floor should be clear of toys, cloths and debris now
         -from the door, work from left to right, vacuuming the floor
              -under your bed
               -and inside your closet
         -this is only for dirt, dust and pet hair (do not pick up toys with the vacuum)
     
  • Pick up:
         -bring the vacuum and/or hose back to its spot
         -pick up your laundry and bring to the laundry room
         -go through the “returns” box and take each item where it belongs or place in donations box
         -take the garbage to the main garbage
     
  • Done

Bathrooms

  • Remove and set aside items, outside the bathroom door, that do not belong
     
  • Set aside tub toys to be washed in the dishwasher (top rack)
     
  • Remove shower curtain & liner to be washed or replaced
     
  • Remove bathroom rug to be washed (should be done every 2 weeks)
     
  • Pre-treat the toilet, tub and shower walls and let soak, this will make your job easier
     
  • Dust the light fixtures above the vanity with a long-handled duster
     
  • Remove items from the vanity and clean surface with disinfectant product
         -remove soap build-up with hot water then disinfect
     
  • Spray and wipe down faucets and sink basins (to disinfect)
     
  • Spray the mirror(s) with window cleaner and wipe (microfiber, towels, newsprint work well)
         -continue, with the same cloth, polishing the faucets
              -sink
              -door knobs
              -light switches
     
  • Replace items to the vanity, wiping each item as you go
     
  • Replace toothbrushes with new heads
     
  • Now, go back to the toilet bowl and clean the inside
         -spray the outside of the toilet with disinfectant cleaner and wipe
         -clean the seat top
              -bottom
              -and hinges
     
  • Wipe down the bath tub walls with microfiber cloth
         -pull out any hair from the drain
         -polish fixtures
              -handles
              -and glass doors
     
  • Clean shower head
          What you will need  
              -vinegar
              -plastic bag (to fit shower head)
              -elastic or zip tie
              -toothbrush
          How             
              -fill plastic bag with vinegar
              -place bag over the shower head
              -use elastic or zip tie to secure the plastic bag
              -let sit for ~30 mins – 12 hours depending how dirty it is
              -remove plastic bag
              -finish wiping surface with the toothbrush
              - source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFqdgdKIero
     
  • Check tile grout and touch up if needed
     
  • Move any floor items outside the bathroom (trashcan, weight scale)
     
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor
     
  • Wash the floor
     
  • Remove the trash bag and clean the bin
     
  • Replace items to the bathroom
     
  • Clean lint out of the hair dryer (using vaccum)
     
  • Clean hairbrushes/combs/etc (soak in soapy water to soften and use another brush to clean)
     
  • Re-stock toiletries

Kitchen

  • Remove and set aside items, outside kitchen, that do not belong
  • Place any items back in their assigned spots
     
  • Wash and dry, or place dishes in the dishwasher (empty the sink)
     
  • Tidy pantry and throw away expired food
         -check spices and baking needs for freshness
         -vacuum and wipe shelves
     
  • Clean dusty areas with long-handled duster
         -light fixtures
         -above cupboards
         -fridge
         -window trim
         -spaces between appliances and walls
     
  • Clean grimy spots with microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner
         -cupboards
         -drawer fronts
         -back-splash
     
  • Clean the vent hood
         -some filters can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning
  • Wipe appliance fronts and tops and spills on the floor
  • Clean small appliances, light switches, and door knobs
     
  • Clean the microwave
         -place a glass of water in the microwave
         -run for 1 minute; this will loosen the dirt
         -remove the turntable and wash separately
         -wipe down the interior with a microfiber cloth
         -replace the turntable
     
  • Clean the refrigerator
         -remove any spoiled food
         -clean any spills on the shelves or floor
         -clean the drawers and place a paper tower in the drawers for future spills
         -vacuum refrigerator coils
         -move refrigerator to clean underneath
     
  • Defrost and clean the freezer
         -remove items and place in coolers
         -clean inside freezer
         -replace items
         -do not over fill – freezers need air flow to work properly
     
  • Clean the sink:
         -wash with hot, soapy water and microfiber cloth
         -fill with hot water and ¼ cup bleach (do not mix bleach with household cleaners!)
         -l
    et it sit before draining
              -scrubbing
              -and rinsing
         -pour backing soda in the drain to eliminate lingering smells
         -run a cut lemons and ice through the garbage disposal
     
  • Use window spray and microfiber cloth to polish taps
         -sink
         -windows
         -picture frames
         -and appliance fronts
     
  • Take out the trash and clean the can
         -let it dry before replacing in kitchen
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor.
  • Wash the floor using a bucket (not your clean sink)

Living Room

  • Remove and set aside items, outside livingroom, that do not belong
  • Place any items back in their assigned spots
     
  • Remove blankets to wash
     
  • Pick up and disguard trash (pop cans, food wrappers)
  • Vacuum the blinds and/or curtains to dislodge any dust
     
  • Dust hard surfaces with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth
         -work from left to right, top to bottom
         -pick up every item, dust, and replace
         -Tv
         -window casings
         -tables
         -shelves
         -and decorations
         -light fixtures
         -ceiling fans
         -switches
         -doorknobs
         -and door jams
     
  • Polish wood furniture with dry, lint-free cloth 
     
  • Use window polish for glass such as:
         -picture frames
         -glass tables
         -fireplace doors
         -windows
     
  • Vacuum soft furniture such as:
         -upholstery
              -top, sides and back
              -remove seat cushions to vacuum up crumbs
         -lamp shades
         -and throw rugs
         -vacuum underneath as well, removing cobwebs
             
  • Move couches, chairs etc. to clean underneath
  • Sweep out and vacuum the fireplace
 
  • Pick up all items outside rooms to be laundered
  • Pick up all the unassigned items outside each clean room
  • and run a small garage sale (lol) or return items to their proper locations.

Laundry room/ Furnace room

  • Clean behind and under the washer and dryer
     
  • Vacuum the walls and floor
     
  • Replace furnace filter
     
  • Schedule a furnace inspection
     

Other

  • Vacuum around computer, keyboard, printer, and other electronics (turn off first)
     
  • Stock up on candles, matches/lighters, batteries and flashlights
     
  • Stock up on sidewalk salt
     
  • Test smoke detectors and monoxide detectors, replace batteries
     

Outside the Home

  • Check the caulking and weather seals around doors and windows
     
  • Check and/or clean the dryer exhaust pipe
     
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
     
  • Wrap or store outdoor furniture
     
  • Pick up and disguard yard debris
     
  • Clean light fixtures and replace bulbs if needed
     
  • Turn off exterior water taps and store hoses
     
  • Pressure wash the house
     
  • Touch up areas needing painting
     
  • Wash outside windows
     
  • Check and repair steps if needed
     
  • Cover air conditioner
Sources:
 

https://housewifehowtos.com/clean/fall-cleaning-schedule-printable/

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