It is that time of year again. The mornings are getting colder and the days are getting shorter. Summer is now on its way out and that means that fall is on its way in.
We start thinking about pumpkin spice latte's, sweaters, and all of the other lovely things that fall brings us. And then, reality snaps us back and you start thinking about your home and what you need to do to get your home ready for the cold months.
I'm in the Pacific Northwest and what that means is I have a very small window of opportunity to complete my fall maintenance. So I thought I would write a post about what to include in your fall homemaking cleaning schedule.
Since I don't have a lot of time and I'm sure you don't either I'm going to show you how I'm able to complete my fall homemaking cleaning checklist with my busy schedule.
When I was growing up there was no set schedule on what needed to be done when. I live in a cluttered home with papers, books, and magazines in stacks on every table and counter.
When I moved out on my own I had no idea that things like under the fridge needed to be cleaned every month or so, I didn't know that you pulled out the washer and dryer and clean behind and underneath.
This was all foreign to me.
Years ago when my husband and I purchased our home I didn't realize the amount of work you need to put into your home to keep it maintained. I noticed things that I didn't notice before when I was growing up.
I would Google home maintenance checklists and they would fall short. Only giving me bits and pieces of what really needed to be done. I believe that most homes do need the same type of maintenance done on them each year while there might be a few things that can be unique to that home.
I really wanted a complete list of things that were important and that were realistic. I wanted to know when things needed to be cleaned when.
Here's the thing, if I don't have a schedule or checklist for something, I don't end up doing it. I get overwhelmed or I flat forget. Until I see the mess...
So I made my own.
I needed a list that was realistic for me and my needs. I couldn't have a list of things that I would never do or items that just seem so impossible that I couldn't do. What I created was a list of tasks that don't get done every week or month but need to be done every 3 months or so plus a list of things that only get done this time of year.
I needed it to have a complete inside and outside homemaking cleaning/maintenance checklist. I wanted it to combine cleaning and maintenance. So that's what I made. It's a room by room cleaning checklist and a home maintenance checklist. Since you are here today you can grab one yourself for free later on in this post.
Some of the items take a while to complete while others take only a minute or two but by doing these things you are keeping your home clean and well maintained which will allow you to save money and headaches in the long run.
Let's start talking about how to get your home ready for fall!
Now that you know where my checklist came from I want to walk you through how you can make this happen.
I like to break things up into manageable pieces. I'm a busy mom who gets overwhelmed quite easily so I'm going to walk you through the 4 steps I take to make this fall cleaning a reality.
Go through the checklist and check inventory
This is the first thing I like to do and it might be the simplest but sitting down going through the list and checking the inventory of items does make the entire process so much simpler.
I like to make sure I have everything on hand so there aren't any excuses about me not completing my list.
I sit down, go through the entire list to prepare myself and to remind myself of things that need to be done. Then I create a shopping list of items I might need, things like batteries, furnace air filter, deicer, and so on.
It seems like I'm always running out of batteries and some of the other items we don't use more than once a year and forget about it.
Once that is complete it is time for me to move on to the next step.
Break up tasks into manageable pieces
I get overwhelmed easily. On a daily basis, I'm being pulled in a million different directions so I need my tasks to be manageable or they are not getting done.
I don't have an entire day to devote to the entire list. I wish I could say I did but I don't I will have a little time here and a little time there so these tasks need to be broken up into manageable pieces so if I have an extra 10 minutes to do something I can do it.
So how do I break these tasks up?
I like to break things up into steps so, for instance, one of the items on my checklist is clean blinds and drapes. Okay, I'm not going to be able to complete all of those in one sitting so I'll be breaking that into rooms. Sure it may take me a little longer to do but I'm not overwhelmed and it is getting done.
Now that these tasks are broken up into manageable pieces it's time for me to move on to my next step.
Batch like items together
I'm all about grouping like items together. It really creates a simple flow that doesn't overwhelm me.
So how do I do this?
You can have your list of tasks that need to be completed, then you've broken up the tasks into manageable pieces, now it's time to group them together.
Maybe one day you set aside time to wash all of the light fixtures. Then another day you decide to do something else.
It's all about making this a simple on you as possible.
If you have a cleaning day it might be a good idea to batch some of the fall cleaning tasks to your cleaning day. This might add a few extra minutes to your cleaning but if you have the supplies out and you're already cleaning it will save you time in the long run.
Once you've batched like tasks together it's time to move to the 4th and final step.
If you're anything like me, if you don't make time for things, they don't get done. That's why scheduling time for your fall homemaking cleaning is so important.
I like to add what tasks I'll be completing to the day I'm going to do it. In a moment I am going to be talking about what all needs to be done so don't worry.
By scheduling fall cleaning to your daily/weekly schedule, you are removing that excuse of not having enough time.
Planning ahead makes your life so much easier, believe me!
Now, let's talk about the fall homemaking cleaning plan!
Before in this post, I was talking about how frustrated I was that I couldn't find a guide or checklist that gave me what I needed, so I made my own.
The checklist I put together is separated into 2 sections, and indoor cleaning checklist and an outdoor cleaning checklist.
The indoor checklist is broken up into rooms and what needs to be done in each room. The outdoor checklist includes tasks that need to be done around the outside of the home and in the garage.
This fall homemaking cleaning/maintenance checklist will help you clean and keep your home maintained so you can enjoy your home. It is free and all you have to do is click the button below to download your own copy.
In this post, I walked you through the 4 steps I take that helps me not feel so overwhelmed with the fall cleaning and maintenance that needs to be completed. By sitting down and going through the fall homemaking cleaning checklist first and checking the inventory, it allows you to organize yourself for the upcoming cleaning and maintenance session you have coming.
Then by breaking up those tasks into bite-size pieces. you can have an easier time of completing the checklist without feeling overwhelmed with giant projects ahead (that you just don't have time for).
By batching like items together and adding them to your cleaning day you can save time in the long run when it comes to the fall cleaning.
Then you will want to add the tasks that you'll be completing to your schedule. By planning ahead you are setting yourself up for the most success as possible. You are making time for the fall cleaning and in turn, making it a priority.
Finally and probably most importantly you are ready to take action because you've downloaded the free fall homemaking cleaning checklist.
I hope that this post has inspired you to start your fall cleaning. I know that it's not fun but necessary part of life.
In the comments below, I would love to know what things do you do to help yourself not feel so overwhelmed with the fall cleaning process?
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