School children are back in class, pumpkin spice has made its way back onto retail shelves, and soon the leaves will be on the ground. Fall is a beautiful season, and before we rush into the winter holidays, we can take a moment to relish what it has to offer. Here are some fall-themed tips to get your home clean.
The Witches Broom
Get rid of dust and sweep outdoor spaces such as garages, patios, and porches. Dust high and low before it’s time to seal up windows and doors from the winter’s chill. Consider having upholstery and carpets cleaned, including any window treatments.
Cobwebs are always creepy, so make sure they are only the fake kind. Clean window sills and air vents with a solution of ¼ c. vinegar to 2 ½ c. water. While fall cleaning, take note of any issues with mold or pests to be proactive and avoid toil and trouble later.
Treat yourself to open windows and take advantage of the naturally cooler weather while you get the dust out.
- Clean soft surfaces
- Clean windows
- Dust vents
Candy Apple Sweet and Pumpkin Spice
Bring in the good smells of the season with candles and other aromatic decor like cinnamon pinecones or cedarwood and bergamot-scented essential oils. Bring out additional linens and wash the lighter ones that are now ready for storage.
Fall is an excellent time to purge before hunkering down in the winter. Go through your cupboards and discard or donate foods that have expired or won’t be eaten by your family. Deep clean the fridge and freezer, and make a list of the staples to have on hand for those stormy days you don’t want to head out.
- Bring in fragrance
- Transition linens
- Deep clean cupboards
- Deep clean fridge and freezer
With a fall harvest also comes gratitude for the gifts we’ve received through the year – growth, in its many forms, and transitions that are part of life. Is there clothing that has been grown out of that can be donated? Are there household items that are no longer being used that could be given a new home? What about the abundance of stuff that can become someone else’s treasure?
We show gratitude for things that once served us and can now transition. And, often, with this letting go, we create space for something new. Maybe it’s time to buy that turkey-shaped platter you’ve had your eye on, for example. Take time to organize items for a smoother transition into schedule and temperature changes.
Warm, welcoming scents are nice for guests but also encourage you to relax and rest rather than rush. Enjoy your home and decide if cleaning tasks are better on someone else’s plate. A Cleaning Service may be exactly what you need to treat yourself this year and gift yourself more time with those you love.
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