october house cleaning checklist

Some housecleaning and home preventive 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 preventive maintenance tasks and spread them out over 12 months.

Here's the October house cleaning checklist that has worked best for me.

  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...

Get started preparing your home for the chilly winter season ahead,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: Shining Up is Your Final October House Cleaning Checklist Chore

Shine up brass doorknobs and other metallic objects.

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