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september house cleaning checklist

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

The problem is, we don't always get around to these tasks. 

A better plan: create a monthly house cleaning schedule and preventative maintenance checklist that spreads tasks over 12 months.

Here's the house cleaning checklist that works for me in September.

1. just ducty.

Clean heat ducts and registers. Replace air filters. 

2. an outside job.

Hire someone to clean the gutters and downspouts, and make any other repairs you can't do yourself to get your house ready for winter.

3. moving inside.

Now is the time for fall patio furniture cleaning, and then store it inside for winter. Make sure your plants are ready for winter, too.

4. fire starter.

Order firewood. Stack it off the ground on firewood racks or on concrete blocks to increase air flow so that it dries appropriately. Stack it away from the house to prevent pest infestation.

5. and just in case things get out of hand:

Check your fire extinguisher. If needed, schedule a fire extinguisher service call. Review fire safety guidelines.

6. chim, chim, cheree.

Line up chimney sweep cleaning services now before they’re all booked till April. Do the rest of the fireplace maintenance yourself.

7. bedtime (again!)

Clean all bed linens, including comforters, duvets, bed skirts, pillows, etc. Yep, canopies, too!

8. on the count of three:

Turn that mattress!

9. down the drain:

It's time for drain cleaning. Call a cleaning service now to set this up. Remind them to clean the traps, too.

Make sure you're doing your part by regularly maintaining your garbage disposal.

10. green things.

Equip your child with an electrostatic cloth and give him the task of cleaning your houseplants. The leaves wipe clean just like magic. It’s actually a gratifying job for grown-ups, too! See all 12 monthly home maintenance checklists here. 

Ready to get started? Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the tools and products you'll need for this month's cleaning and maintenance tasks.

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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.