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...

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.

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