Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuesday 10: Fall Cleaning Tips

Top 10 Fall Cleaning Tips
Fall is here, and I am in the middle of my Fall cleaning!
Here's the countdown of my top 10 tips to get you started on your Fall cleaning!
10. Wash ALL of the linens in each room.
Bedding, mattress covers, curtains, throw blankets...
9. Work your way from top to bottom.
Start with the light fixtures, walls and blinds - keep working your way down, eventually to the baseboards. Vacuuming or polishing floors should be the last thing you do to complete the room. Don't forget to vacuum out the closets.
8. Dedicate more time to the room(s) in your home that you use the most.
Chances are that they are the rooms that need the most attention.
7. Start with de-cluttering and organizing the room.
 Look around and donate any items that have accumulated or put them back in their proper place. Pay attention to expiration dates for certain products (like makeup or food) and toss them if they're expired. Also,as you swap out your warm weather clothes for cooler weather clothes, donate any items that you don't want or like or don't fit. Trust me, if you haven't used it in the last 6-12 months, you aren't going to use it/wear it.
6. Start with the easiest room.
You will see the fruits of your labor quickly, and it will spark your motivation to continue your Fall cleaning.

5. Work from a checklist.
Grab a clipboard and your cleaning checklist. This will remind you of exactly what needs to be done and you will get the satisfaction of crossing things off of the list.
4. Remember, it's all in the details.
Doing a seasonal cleaning should be more meticulous than your regular cleaning. Make sure to get into all of those pesky nooks and crannies. I like to use a toothbrush on bathroom fixtures. Touch up paint if you need to. If there are little things that are broken and can be fixed quickly, take a few minutes to do it...don't keep putting them off.
3. Turn off ALL social media "stuff".
It is easy to get distracted...even though it is hard to do, turn off all of your social media "stuff". Instead, turn on some fun music!
2. Make sure your cleaning caddy is fully stocked with your favorite cleaning products.
My cleaning caddy has: plenty of rags & a couple of microfiber cloths, paper towels, furniture polish, window & glass cleaner, old toothbrushes, scissors, all surface/all purpose cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, tub & tile cleaner, a scrub brush, carpet refreshing powder, wood floor cleaner and a magic eraser.
And finally.....drumroll please.....................
My #1 Fall cleaning tip is.....

1. Take it ONE room at a time!
Before you do anything, remind yourself to only focus on deep cleaning in ONE room. Once that room is COMPLETE, move on to the next room. Don't try to do the entire house in one day. It's ok if it takes you a week or more to get your Fall cleaning done.
Also remember that I am filming a Fall Cleaning Series on my YouTube channel, AudreysWifeLife. Come on over and follow me as I get my house in ship shape!
"Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower." ~Albert Camus


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