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House Cleanng Check Liist

As our summer season changes from summer to fall, it is time to make out that fall house cleaning checklist for the house and the garden, which is via me in my house. I love the autumn, particularly because of the beautiful leaves, and then, there is also football. It is an exciting time of the year as we make plans and move closer to the holidays.

Living in northern Florida in autumn means this is the first time in a long time that you can stand to be outside long enough to get some of those chores down, like washing windows due to the heat.

I make two lists, one for the indoor jobs and one for outside chores. Plan to do the outdoor chores on a good weather day. These are the things that will be on my outdoor list and hopefully we will complete a decent portion of them.

The Woman Who Can Do It All

Photo courtesy of Google

Photo courtesy of Google

Outdoor Work

List of jobs for the outdoors in autumn:

  • Clean patio furniture and make sure the grill is in top notch shape.
  • If you have children, then their summer toys should be cleaned.
  • Gutters need to be looked at and cleaned if necessary.
  • Clean the windows and this could obviously be on either list, but while you are cleaning the outside window, check the caulk and re-caulk if needed. Use a 32 oz. spray bottle with about 1/3 cup white vinegar and 1/4 rubbing alcohol and you can add a tbsp. of dishwasher liquid.
  • Install weather stripping around doors if needed.
  • Drain and store garden hoses so water won’t freeze inside them when winter arrives.
  • If you have a fireplace, have your chimney flue inspected and cleaned if necessary.
  • Clean your outside air conditioning unit (see video below)
  • If you have bulbs that need to be dug up or planted, this is the time. Don’t cut back bushes as this stimulates growth which can kill the plant when the cold weather begins.
  • Our hot water heater is in the garage so this is the time to drain sediment.
  • We have plants sitting outside that will have to be brought in to survive.
  • Garden shredders are a great way to get rid of fallen leaves and they help fertilize the soil for nest year.

Washing Windows


Living, Family, Dining and Bedrooms

Now we will move on to the inside of the house:

  • Use a professional carpet cleaner and get your carpets cleaned as they should be cleaned every 6-8 months anyway, and you want them clean for the holidays. Schedule this by early October so you have good dry weather for them to dry faster.
  • If you have wood or laminate flooring, clean and shine it thoroughly, moving furniture as necessary. If you have tile floors, of course, you do the same thing and scrub them until they shine.
  • Wash all throw rugs.
  • I assume you cleaned the inside of the window and windowsill when you did the outside.
  • Focus on your house from top to bottom, which means checking your air vents, cleaning over head fans and light fixtures.
  • Draperies need to be cleaned, they may just need vacuuming or you may wash them or dry clean them as necessary. If they say dry clean don’t take a chance on washing them. Wipe off drapery rods.
  • Also, clean Venetian blinds (a job I don’t like to do but??).
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture completely; move the furniture and clean under as well. If you’re lucky you’ll find some change under the cushions! You may want to get your furniture professionally cleaned.
  • Turn your mattresses front to back and end to end to equalize wear. Wash the blankets, mattress pads, comforters, pillows and bedspread if you haven’t done that lately.
  • Polish all the wood furniture and this is a good time to actually wash all the knick knacks instead of just giving them a quick dusting.
  • Spots on the walls may need to be wiped clean and cobwebs in corners are another thing to look for.


We’ll devote new paragraphs for the bath and kitchen as this is where the scrubbing begins.

  • In the bathroom, bath and shower wall must be scrubbed. Wash shower curtains if you have them.
  • If you have tile there are numerous special cleaners (environmentally friendly products) to remove hard water stains and mildew, plus products to give them a shinny appearance.
  • If you have shower doors the thing I do for hard water stains is to scrub with the glass cleaner I wrote about above, and finish with lemon oil that would normally be used on wood. The doors will be clear and shiny when you are done.
  • Scrub tubs, sinks and toilets as you probably already do. Clean mirrors and the light fixture.
  • Finish up by cleaning the floor using the method called for and put down some clean throw rugs.


In the kitchen, start at the top and work down:

  • Light fixtures need to be washed, as well as, kitchen curtains.
  • If you have some displays sitting on top of cabinets get them down and wash them, plus clean the top of the cabinets.
  • If you haven’t had everything out of your refrigerator for a cleaning lately, this is the time to do so. Wash all the shelves, drawers and shelves on the refrigerator door. When you are done on the inside, wash down the whole outside, including pulling the refrigerator out from the wall. A lot of dust and dirt can get on the copper hosing on the back and under the refrigerator. Vacuum the condenser coils.
  • Most people have a self cleaning oven, and I am certainly thankful for mine as cleaning stoves is another thing I am not fond of. If you don’t have self cleaning the easiest thing to do is use a spray cleaner and let it sit overnight. The rest of the stove and hood need to be wiped down as well. Make sure you clean around the oven dials as dirt can build up there and it isn’t always too visible.
  • The fronts of cabinets need to be washed or cleaned in whatever manner is appropriate. Clean the counter tops and all those things we have sitting on top, such as toasters, jar openers, microwaves, canister sets, coffee pots, and so forth.
  • Really if you haven’t used an appliance in a week or two you probably should find a place for it inside a cabinet as clear counters are more attractive.
  • Another good idea is to re-organize your spice cabinet as you are probably going to be doing a lot of cooking for the holidays and make sure your baking supplies are in order...

A Few Extra Thoughts

  • If you have a central vac (I wish), empty the central vacuum’s collection area.
  • Clean electronic air cleaner elements before the heating season begins.
  • Check humidifiers and clean as needed and replace the filter.
  • Check your washer hoses for bulges or cracks. They can use replacing every year.
  • Check you dryer exhaust tube and vent for built-up lint, and other debris. It is good to have a furnace inspection in the fall.
  • If you live where it snows, buy your salt and get it stacked up now before the ice is on the sidewalk.
  • Keep a supply of furnace air filters on hand so you can change them monthly as needed.

I didn’t talk about attics, basements or garages as you know what you need to do in those areas. If you start the cleaning routine soon and space out the activity it won’t seem so overwhelming and you will feel like you have made a big accomplishment when you have finished.

Children of any age ought to help. Often the little ones want to help and are more in the way than a help, but it is all part of the family working together. This is great training for your children. Children can be responsible for their bedrooms with your guidance. They can be given their own chore list as well, and then they cross off the chores as they complete them.

Cleaning the Ruud Air Conditioner

We're Finally Done

It feels good to look around your house when things are clean and neat. You have places in mind by now for the Christmas decorations. Now it’s time to polish silver and plan those holiday meal!

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Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 06, 2010:

Sufidreamer, I'm glad the hub will be helpful to you. Thanks for your comments

Sufidreamer from Sparti, Greece on October 06, 2010:

A good Hub, Pamela - I am a very disorganized person, so a step-by-step guide is extremely useful and will help me to keep on top of things :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 26, 2010:

Wendy, I just got a new oven a few months ago and it is amazing how happy I was. I always hated cleaning the oven. Thanks for your comments.

Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on September 26, 2010:

I need to clean my oven. I don't have a self cleaning oven. So It looks like I'll use a spray cleaner and leave it overnight. This is a great list.

End of Tenancy Cleaning on September 10, 2010:

Great and useful tips. Thanks a lot.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 05, 2010:

Support Med, It certainly is a good time to start as its a lot of work if you want to do a thorough cleaning. Thanks for your comment.

Support Med. from Michigan on September 05, 2010:

Good advice, and this really is the best time to start. Most of it is not fun, but it's definitely rewarding and healthy. Voted/rated.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 05, 2010:

Hubby7, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comments.

hubby7 from Chicago on September 05, 2010:

Excellent hub, Pamela! It was very thorough, positive, and upbeat. I enjoyed reading it. If only you were my wife....:)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 04, 2010:

Audry, I don't know if anyone gets every bit done, but they are all things to think about. Thanks for your comment.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on September 04, 2010:

Good advice - I need to print this off and hand it to Bob! Ha ha - we both do a lot of this stuff but thanks for making me think of some others we have overlooked.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 04, 2010:

LeanMan, These are just things to do to be thorough and you can certainly decide how thorough. Thanks for your comment.

Tony from At the Gemba on September 04, 2010:

You have to clean all of these places??? This is all news to me! Thanks for a great hub, will have to check my wife is doing all this! (She will kill me if she reads my comments!)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 04, 2010:

Vocal coach, I need to get started also! Thanks for your comments.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 03, 2010:

Very good information and motivating too. Makes me want to get started right now.

Thank you for taking time to write such a good and helpful hub.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2010:

Patriot, Amen to that!

partisan patriot on September 03, 2010:


Let's hope we all participate in a good thorough HOUSE CLEANING this November starting with Pelosi!

ladyjane1 from Texas on September 03, 2010:

Oh my Im worn out just reading your hub and thinking about all that house cleaning gave some great tips here pam thanks cheers.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2010:

MPG, I am glad you found the hub useful. Thanks for your comment and good luck with your painting.

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on September 03, 2010:

Just the type of information I needed Pamela as we will be repainting our house this month (its Spring down here in Oz) so we will need this info for our spring clean!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 03, 2010:

Katiem, Still picking tomatoes sounds wonderful. They are long gone from FL as it is too hot. Thanks for your comment.

Coolmon, Thanks for your comments and I am glad this hub is helpful.

Hello, Thanks for your comment

Hello, hello, from London, UK on September 03, 2010:

Wow, that is a thorough job and well done.

Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on September 02, 2010:

Good information you have mentioned many things that get over looked in many homes. I will book mark this one. Thanks for the information.

Katie McMurray from Ohio on September 02, 2010:

Nice ideas, it's a wonderful time of year, I was just thinking the other day while picking some tomatoes that fall is my new favorite time of year. It used to be summer but the smell in the air the perfect temperatures and aw yes football, I love football. Great read! Thanks :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 02, 2010:

Rev Lady, Thanks for your comments. God Bless you.

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on September 02, 2010:

Thank you for this information. Since I lease, most of the cleaning, painting and so forth is done by those whose responsibility it is. I still learned a few things to do myself in the interim. Great hub.

Forever His,

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 02, 2010:

Sheila, Not seeing dust is not all bad. Thanks for your comment.

sheila b. on September 02, 2010:

I wear glasses for reading. Funny thing is, without them I don't see dust! For me, then, the first thing I have to do for a spring or fall cleaning is put on my glasses.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 02, 2010:

Tom, I've heard those are good. Thanks for the comment.

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on September 02, 2010:


I bought a steam mop for ceramic tile floors and it does a great job!!!!!!!!

Great Hub.

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