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october house cleaning checklist

Some tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is that we forget to do them once or twice a year.

Or else, we tend to save it all for spring cleaning, which makes spring cleaning such a daunting chore that it doesn’t occur, either

I’ve found the best plan is to break down annual and seasonal tasks by month and tackle them on a daily or weekly basis. 

Nothing gets too backed up, and things eventually get done. I’ve also found that concentrating on one room or area each month is more rewarding because you can see the results.

Here’s the schedule that works best for me that you can try yourself this month: the October house cleaning checklist.

1.  Fall cleaning 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, but you'll save on energy bills, too. 

3.  Second line of fall cleaning defense:

Put up storm windows and doors.

4.  And finally...

Get started preparing your home for the chilly winter season ahead. Fall is the perfect time to begin thinking about  winterizing your home.

5.  Help with the hose:

Get the kids to help you drain and store the garden hose. 

6.  Fall cleaning 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 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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