Whole-Home Fall Cleaning List to Eliminate Clutter

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As fall approaches, I start focusing on making my house more “homey” for the months we have to spend all the cold winter months locked inside the house. I am a girl who would decorate for Christmas in October if my hubby wouldn’t complain, so once the weather starts cooling off, it’s time to light the pumpkin & apple candles, and get the house in order. So, What is on my Fall Cleaning List?

This year has the added change of Little Miss starting school. So, for the first time in 4 years, I will have an empty house and have the chance to clean without being pulled in 20 directions. I’m upset my girl is getting so big, but the alone time will be amazing, and I am a little excited about it. This change will mean that I am adding to my fall cleaning list, and making it a bigger clean & declutter than I normally have time for.

In this post, I will be going room by room, so you can follow along, make your own list, and get your home ready for the upcoming holiday season.

Living Room fall cleaning

This is one of the rooms in my home that need the most attention. We just spend so much time in there. This is probably going to take the longest, and I’m preparing for it to take more than one day of work to get through it.

  • Move furniture to vacuum underneath
  • Rearrange furniture if I’m feeling ambitious
  • Shampoo carpet
  • Deep clean around woodstove area (get hubby to sweep the chimney)
  • Organize toys – pack up the ones that aren’t played with
  • Dust- heaven knows this needs to happen
  • Wash windows
  • Fix & paint where dog scratched
  • Finish putting up wedding pictures
  • Go through hutch- Sell what you don’t need
  • Go through mail basket- throw stuff away or file away
  • Vacuum stairs

Kitchen & Dining Room fall cleaning

The kitchen is my most used room, but that also means that there is a lot going on there. So, what all needs to be done in there?

  • Scrub floors
  • Clean clutter drawers
  • Throw out old spices/ food
  • Pull out refrigerator shelves to scrub
  • Throw out anything old in freezer
  • Organize pantry- What can be donated?
  • Clean oven
  • Clean/ dust underside of table & chairs
  • Clean windows

Bathroom(s) fall cleaning

As soon as I try to say that this will be an easy one, I will come up with a mile-long list, but I don’t expect these rooms to take much time.

  • Clean floors
  • Clean tub
  • Wash shower curtain
  • Mirrors, backsplash, etc
  • Organize the linen closet
  • Clean out makeup cupboard- throw away what is expired, organize the mess
  • Is there anything that could be sold?

Master Bedroom fall cleaning

In my home, this is the catch-all room. It’s where everything gets thrown so it’s out of sight when company comes over, because who comes in my bedroom beside my husband and me? It is also the last room I end up cleaning because it is the unseen room. This will definitely take a lot of time.

  • Sort out the things that don’t belong in there & put them where they belong
  • Go through dresser drawers- what can be sold?
  • Clean closet, put blankets away in the closet for winter.
  • Vacuum mattress and spray with mattress cleaner (not an affiliate link- just something I love)
  • Wash pillows
  • Dust bed frame & dressers
  • Vacuum floor

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Kids room & play area fall cleaning

This is actually an area that I keep up on semi-often. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need some attention though. So, what needs attention most?

  • Vacuum and clean floor
  • Dust bed & dresser
  • Spray mattress down and vacuum
  • Go through clothes & remove what is too small now
  • Sort through toys- throw away/ fix broken toys, remove ones that aren’t played with any longer
  • Rotate toys as needed
  • Wash pillows

Office Area fall cleaning

My poor office area. It is rarely used right now because I do most of my work from the couch, but it needs a little attention for sure.

  • Throw away papers you don’t need
  • Dust entire desk
  • Remove what you don’t need
  • Put things away

Laundry/ mud room fall cleaning

This room is always a disaster zone. Of course, it’s the first thing you see when you walk in the back door. As soon as I get it clean, everything ends up back in there cluttering it all up again.

  • Take care of any laundry laying around
  • Clean floor
  • Clean washer & dryer
  • Put all the stuff that doesn’t belong there in its proper place
  • Throw away anything that needs to be tossed
  • Set aside what can be donated or sold

Whole-home fall cleaning

Obviously, certain things need to be done in every room, like scrubbing floors and carpet. I also need to work on selling, donating, and parting ways with some things. I always feel like my house is so cluttered because of all the stuff we have hanging around.

One thing I really want to focus on, beyond cleaning things that are often overlooked around here, is eliminating some of the ‘stuff’ that is everywhere, and selling what can be sold. I have so much stuff that I don’t use but would be useful for someone else. I just need to take the time to really go through things and decide what can stay and what must go.

Taking the time once school is in session sound the most reasonable. What areas of your home need the most attention?

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1 Comment

  1. Carol

    October 16, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Great list!! I see a few things I haven’t done in a few years. Thanks for the reminder

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