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october house cleaning checklist

Some housecleaning and home 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.

And that doesn't happen, either.

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

Here's the October house cleaning checklist that works 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, but you'll save on energy bills, too. 

  3   Second line of defense:

  4   And finally...

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

  5   Help with the hose:

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

  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 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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