How clean is your home? Has your fall schedule been crazy busy like my family’s? Are the dust bunnies piling up in the corners and spiders taking residence under the beds?
Even though Thanksgiving is just 3 weeks away, it’s a good time to take a breather and get the house ready for holiday entertaining. Focus on getting the daily cleaning done first if you’ve fallen out of the routine. Then, start decluttering one area or room at a time. If you’re having guests for the holidays, declutter their room or area where they will stay. Make sure the kitchen is ship shape, likewise the bathroom.
10 Easy Fall House Cleaning Tasks
1. Make a list of what needs to be cleaned, what you would like to clean, and decorating/fix it projects. Keep these lists handy as you clean in case you need to add notes.
2. Use a timer and allocate 15 to 30 minutes in your day. Set aside more time if you have, and stop when the timer goes off.
3. Stick to one room.
You can carry the Chef’s Quad-Timer with you from room to room.
Then, take advantage of the four independent timers when making Thanksgiving dinner.
4. Put items away first using the timer.
5. Before getting out fall/Thanksgiving decorations, go through the house looking for summer items and put them away.
6. Then declutter. Use bins or bags if visual organizers help you. One bin for trash, one for donations, and one for occasional use items that need to be stored.
7. Put the donation bags in the car as soon as possible, and do not leave them in the basement.
8. Do not declutter with kids around. Find a way to spend time by yourself doing this job, even if it’s 15 minutes at a time.
9. Train the kids to take their shoes off by the door. This habit prevents leaves and dirt from being tracked all over the house.