Fall Cleaning Tips to Prep for the Holiday Season
We all know spring is the time to clear the clutter and dust the baseboards. When the time for spring cleaning comes, however, we often find ourselves overwhelmed by just how much there is to do. What could take a day or two begins to take a week or more thanks to all the junk that piles up throughout the year.
Spring cleaning – a task that is supposed to bring feelings of renewal – should not be a dreaded task.
Instead of waiting an entire year between clean-outs, why not make the job less stressful by doing two smaller deep cleanses throughout the year? Making fall cleaning a priority will not only leave your home feeling cleaner and less cluttered, but it’ll also make spring cleaning easier and more enjoyable.
Here are my tips for making fall (and spring!) cleaning a relaxing, stress-free experience.
Declutter the Decorations
It’s time to pull those bins full of holiday decorations down from the attic or up from the basement, because the Holidays are here! As you start decorating your home, go through your decorations and see what you can get rid of. Trends come and go, so we often end up with decorations that are outdated (or that we’re just plain tired of)!
Instead of stuffing those unused decorations back into the storage bins, get rid of them. If you don’t want to use them this year, you probably won’t use them the next.
If you want to make your job in the spring even easier, take this opportunity to clean out the attic or basement (or wherever you store your decorations). Since you’re already pulling out the decorations, you might as well go through the rest of the stuff you have in storage.
Pro Tip: you should be dusting regularly, but make sure you dust before you set decorations out! The last thing you want is to clean up the decorations only to find nastiness beneath.
Toss the Warm-Weather Clothes You Didn’t Wear
Our closets tend to accumulate lots of items we no longer wear (or never wore at all). During the summer, we enjoy the warm weather and the light clothes. In the fall, we put those warm-weather clothes away and bring out the sweaters. #SweaterWeather
By the time spring rolls back around, we can’t remember whether we wore that one blouse last summer or not, so we keep it “just in case.” When we do this, we end up keeping clothes we never wear.
Instead of packing up those warm-weather clothes when the weather turns chilly, go through them and get rid of anything you didn’t wear. Sell it for some extra holiday gifting money or donate it Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity to bless someone else.
It can be hard to get rid of clothes, especially when you start thinking about how much money you spent on them. But just think – you could make so much more room for new clothes you truly love and want to wear all the time!
As you go through your closet this fall, I challenge you to keep only the items you really, truly love. If there’s any doubt in your mind, get rid of it! When spring comes around, do the same thing with your cold-weather clothes. Trust me – you and your closet will thank me later.
Prep the Kitchen for the Holidays
As you consider how to split your cleaning tasks between fall and spring, think about what you would most like clean for your holiday guests. If you tend to host parties with hor d’oeuvres and tablescapes and cocktails, you might want to consider deep cleaning your kitchen.
Doing so will give you a clean slate for all the food-related madness of the holidays. Guests often congregate in the kitchen so, even if your countertops and tabletops are lined with food trays and holiday decorations, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the kitchen is spotless. No more raised eyebrows from your mother-in-law
Get Low, Get Low, Get Low
Let’s talk about carpet. While you should be vacuuming regularly, it’s also a good idea to get your carpet and rugs deep cleaned by a professional once a year. Carpets collect everything, and your holiday party guests are sure to notice if the carpet is looking a little dingy. Even if you don’t have any obvious stains, you’ll be surprised just how clean your home looks post-carpet clean. Hiring a carpet cleaner during the fall rather than the spring will prep your home for all those guests with judgy eyes.
These are the essentials for fall cleaning. However, you’re still likely to have a big spring cleaning list. Pick a few more items from your spring cleaning list (dusting baseboards or fan blades, etc.) to tackle in the fall. That way, come spring, you cut your workload in half.
Another pro tip: make it fun. Whip up a cocktail, put on some music, light a fall candle*, and get to cleaning!
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