I have to admit, cleaning is not my favorite thing to do. I know there are a lot of people out there that will probably agree with me. I try to avoid Fall cleaning as long as I possibly can in the hopes that it will get done all by itself. Nice dream, right? I find it intimidating because it means that the holiday season is right around the corner. Not fun!
And Fall cleaning also means that The Elf On The Shelf will be here soon. Definitely want to avoid that whole scene!
See, even when I am blogging about Fall cleaning I try to change the subject. Not okay. The thing is, I get mad at myself because once it is done, the house looks great and we are ready for the holidays. And, it really doesn’t take that long, when you stop and think about it. I do my deep cleaning when we are putting the house back into order after the Christmas season is over, so anything I can get done now helps make that a lot easier.
Simple Ideas For Fall Cleaning:
- Take a few minutes to survey your house. Decide what 3 rooms are most important, and begin with them.
- Make some lists. After you decide which rooms are a priority, look at each room separately. Do you need to replace light bulbs? Will you need to rent a carpet cleaner? Make shopping lists for cleaning supplies, if necessary. Megan from NEPA Mom has a great Fall cleaning checklist.
- Take your time. By this I mean, don’t do it all in one day. Plan it out over a two-week period.
- Start from the top. Starting at the top of the room, dust any ceiling fans or the tops of door jambs. The dirt will fall down, and you should only have to clean things once.
- Declutter as you go. If you can, toss out or donate as much as you can. I have to admit, it is a favorite activity of mine lately.
- Get the family involved. Many hands make light work. Barb talks about getting your kids involved in household chores.
These are a lot of common sense things that can make Fall cleaning less intimidating. The important thing is this: clean for you and your family, not for the Jones family down the block. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and don’t get upset with yourself if you can’t get it all done. Just keep note of it for next year, so that you can start a little bit earlier.
Find more Fall ideas on my Fall Pinterest board: