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october house cleaning checklist

Some housecleaning and maintenance chores need to be done monthly, others seasonally, and still others just once a year.

The problem is, we often don't get to them, or else we add them all to our spring cleaning list. 

A better way: Take all the housecleaning and home maintenance tasks and spread them out over 12 months.

Here's my October house cleaning checklist:

1. seasonal view.

Clean your windows before winter sets in.

2. cold cure.

Caulk around windows to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Not only will you be more comfortable, you'll save on energy bills, too. 

3. second line of defense.

Put up storm windows and doors.

4. and finally...

Check insulation around doors and windows. This is an essential step to winterizing your house.

5. help with the hose.

Get your kids to help you drain and store garden hoses.

6. closet case.

Tidy up closets and store summer clothes.

7. holiday prep 101.

Launder and iron holiday linens. Now is the time to begin preparing for the holiday entertaining.

8. holiday prep 102.

Clean crystal, china, and silver.

9. if it's time to set the clocks back...

It’s time to change smoke alarm batteries.

10. top brass.

Shine up brass doorknobs and other metallic objects. See all 12 monthly home maintenance checklists here. 

Ready to get started on October cleaning? Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the products and tools you'll need for these dirty jobs and more.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.